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An agreement signed to boost artisan activities

Information updated on 23/11/18

Montpellier Méditerranée Métropole, the City of Montpellier, and the Hérault Chamber of Crafts and Trades signed a framework agreement on October 11 to promote artisanship and favor territorial economic development.

Une convention pour booster l’artisanat
Artisan trades cover many professions, ranging from chocolate- and candy-makers to hairdressers, mosaic artists, tile-layers, heater technicians, and more. The sector represents 10,800 companies and 25,000 people actively employed in the Montpellier Métropole area.

“These companies are the ones that create the most jobs and drive the local economy. We are offering our expertise and resources to help them grow,” declared Philippe Saurel, president of Montpellier Méditerranée Métropole and Mayor of Montpellier, while signing a mutual three-year commitment agreement with Christian Poujol, president of the Hérault Chamber of Crafts and Trades, on October 11.

The major focus of this partnership is digital transition. Montpellier Métropole will make it easier for artisans to reach the Business and Innovation Centre (BIC) and its startups “to help them invent new ways of working and innovating,” confirms Philippe Saurel.

Priority neighborhoods

The signing parties also made commitments regarding craft trades, which comprises about 800 artisans within the metropolitan territory.

We would like to promote them and help them gain exposure,” announces the Montpellier Méditerranée Métropole president.

In June, Montpellier earned the label “Ville et métiers d’art” (City and the Applied Arts) based on its promise to create a “showcase for local expertise.” The goal is now for all 31 cities in the Montpellier Méditerranée Métropole area to obtain that label.

Another priority is to develop actions, particularly training programs, to favor social integration in the economy for priority neighborhoods, where over one thousand artisan activities are already in business.

There are more business creations in those areas than in other districts around the city,” adds Christian Poujol.

That is a major challenge for the closer collaboration sought by the agreement.
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