Agropole is the ultimate food-processing industry science park. The Agropole Services coordination holding company provides a range of "turnkey" services to facilitate your installation and operations in Agen, in the Lot-et-Garonne region of south-west France.
POLICY AND AMBITIONS
Agropole was set up in 1990, as a result of local authority policy and business leaders' determination to promote development in the Lot-et-Garonne. Its specialisation in food processing is based on local conditions: availability of raw materials and food processing know-how. Agropole currently runs a 60-hectare site, with all the space and facilities you need for your business.
FACILITATING YOUR INSTALLATION
Agropole operates as a business park, focusing on food-processing production, services, and technologies. Besides providing the real estate you need, Agropole also offers a range of services managed by their own staff, backed up by a network of local firms specialising in finance, technical services, marketing, etc.
INTEGRATION INTO THE LOCAL ECONOMY
Beyond the business park itself, Agropole work in close partnership with regional and local government and business organisations. These networks will facilitate your integration into the local business and social environment.
Once your business is operating, Agropole will work with you to promote your development. They put their technical and financial resources at your disposal to ensure that you have every opportunity to succeed.
AGROPOLE SERVICES: RESOURCES
Agropole: 60 hectares of land with utilities connections - waste water treatment -access facilities. Just decide how much space you need for your project.
At Agropole, you will find everything you need to set up your business: land, construction engineering, optimized funding, legal support, and quality control laboratories. The early stages of your project can be housed in temporary premises (office and production space), with access to a range of shared services: secretarial services, telephone, photocopy, etc.
The following are available in the vicinity of the site: airport with several flights to Paris daily - TGV station on the European high-speed train network - access to the Bordeaux/Toulouse motorway (E21/A62).
Dry, refrigerated and frozen storage is available in the vicinity of the site, to ensure that all of your supplies and finished products are kept in optimum conditions.
You will have access to shared services, including excellent communication facilities: meeting rooms, auditorium, video-conference centre, cyber-office, information service, etc.
ON A HUMAN SCALE
One person will be responsibl for answering all of your questions and arranging all the contacts you need to set up your business. This person will be able to call on all of the Agropole staff and resources to ensure that you not only do well at Agropole, but that the entire experience is totally enjoyable.
The Agropole, located at Agen in Lot-et-Garonne, south-west France, is a science park specialising in food-processing industries and agribusiness. The "Agropole Entreprises" nursery provides facilities, a network of expertise and contacts, as well as services for people setting up new business in this sector, ensuring that they have a maximum chance of durable success.
A SPECIALISED CONCEPT
The food-processing industry is one of the major development factors in Aquitaine. As a result, the concentration of resources around Agropole Entreprises ensures that the know-how you need to get your food-processing business off to a successful start is sure to be available on the spot. A determination to meet your needs is part of the Agropole Entreprises Quality guarantee.
The Agropole Entreprises nursery is supported by a concentration of expertise relating to food-processing and agribusiness. This scientific, technical, technological, and financial base, combined with business start-up facilities, and a range of interconnecting services, ensures that Agropole companies have a much higher success rate than business start-ups elsewhere.
Agropole Entreprises is a veritable business melting pot, providing new businesses with access to an extraordinary network of highly-productive contacts. Strong links with universities, resource centres, consulting/training organisations, and financial institutions provide an ideal environment for new companies.
The motto of Agropole Entreprises could almost be "You do your job, and we'll deal with the rest". Everything at Agropole is organised so that you can concentrate on your new business concept. Besides the facilities normally provided by nurseries, Agropole Entreprises offer a wide range of low-cost services to help you turn your project into a fully-fledged company.
A business plan manager will help you scale and finalise your business plan: contacts with our network of specialised consultants - finding additional funding - financial engineering - preparing and monitoring financial data (applications for subsidies, capital investments) - technical and administrative assistance to start your business - training schemes - human and technical resources.
The dynamic environment at Agropole Entreprises gives your project a head start: modular offices from 8 to 100 m2 - production facilities from 100 to 1,000 m2, equipped to meet European hygiene standards - infrastructure and logistics - waste water treatment and environmentally-friendly approach - local subcontractors, suppliers, and producers - integration on both a business and social level.
RESEARCH AND TRAINING
Testing systems for product development - physics/chemistry, microbiology and sensory analysis laboratories - access to a national network of research laboratories - large concentration of higher-education courses specialised in food-processing, industry, and services.
ANVAR, DRAF, Conseil Général and Conseil Regional - financial institutions (banks, mutual loan societies, capital risk firms) - private investors - local organisations.
Agrotec in Agen, in the Lot-et-Garonne area of south-west France, is a technology centre for the food-processing industry. A team of engineers and technicians offer a range of skills for implementing and developing new technologies, and controlling processes and products.
SETTING UP AND MANAGING YOUR PROJECTS
Agrotec is equipped to provide turnkey management of your industrial development projects: product development, new technologies and processes, production site, and research-development programmes.
Agrotec can assist you in all types of projects, from HACCP (Hazard Analysis and Control of Critical Points) to the implementation of a full quality assurance system, including coaching in meeting specifications.
INNOVATIVE PRODUCTS AND PROCESSES
Agrotec's expertise in product innovation and technology transfer is much in demand in the food-processing industry. Agrotec can participate in developing new products, improving or maintaining product quality, introducing new processes, etc., either working directly in your company, or by carrying out pilot testing under controlled conditions.
ORGANISATION SYSTEMS FOR PRODUCTION AND ENVIRONMENTAL MANAGEMENT
Agrotec provide expert assistance in implementing your food-processing company's environmental management plan, optimising your installation, and adapting your production management.
Agrotec is actively involved in European, French, and regional networks, thus ensuring that you will have access to specialised know-how from other food-processing centres and research facilities.
MICROBIOLOGICAL ANAMYSIS AND HYGIENE
QSA Conseils laboratory are prepared to analyse the microbiological quality of your products, define "Use-by" dates, and assist you in implementing your hygiene and food safety programmes.
SENSOR ANALYSIS LABORATORY
A panel of 60 selected tasters, experienced in tasting all types of food products, and a panel of 500 consumers ready to provide subjective assessments.
Excellent facilities: a tasting room with 14 booths built to AFNOR* standards, equipped with air conditioning and filtration, as well as a computerised data acquisition and processing system.
Our 570 square-metre pilot production unit, meeting all E.U. legislative requirements, with refrigerated and cooking areas, has everything you need to develop your products, test equipment, or produce pilot runs. Facilities for physical/chemical analysis and testing, and a number of working rooms are also available for your use.
All types of refrigeration equipment with appropriate measuring systems. All types of systems for preserving and preparing products in controlled atmospheres (temperature, humidity, gases). Design and development of sensors, including on-line N.M.R.* for the I.A.A., in exclusive partnership with the Bruker company.
* AFNOR : French Standards Association
* NMR : Nuclear Magnetic Resonance