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Why invest in the province of Brescia

The province of Brescia is widely known as a highly industrialised area, a premise confirmed by 2011 sector statistics which reveal a surplus value figure of 34.8%. Brescia ranks fifth in Lombardy for GDP per capita (€30,308), an increase of 3.6% between 2009 and 2010. It is thus well above the Italian average.

Another important statistic is the ongoing growth in the service sector, which reached a level of 63.1% last year. Looking at infrastructure, eco-power plants and communications networks function particularly well. Banking services are highly reliable and efficient.

Finally, Brescia's excellent road network and strategic position as an intersection for traffic between France and Austria and between Germany/central Europe and Rome make the area very attractive to investors.

Solid business practice

The province of Brescia has a long business history. Companies from the area have managed to establish themselves on the most prominent international markets by manufacturing first-class products and have set the standard for SME development, according to leading foreign economic experts.

Great availability of space for production facilities

Brescia has a large amount of space available for production facilities, especially in the south of the province. This area has excellent infrastructure (Brescia-Montichiari airport, high speed rail links under construction) and is strategically positioned for commercial networks.

High quality educational institutions and human capital

The province of Brescia is home to two quality universities (Università degli Studi di Brescia and Università Cattolica di Brescia) which have all the main faculties. The area also boasts 28 Vocational Education and Training Centres and a business education institute (ISFOR 2000).

Efficient services

With 969 bank branches and 9 Credit Guarantee Fund Trusts, Brescia has an extensive network of credit services. Companies can turn to technological innovation centres such as CSMT and AQM for technology transfer and Pro Brixia (part of the Brescia Chamber of Commerce) for internationalisation.

Numerous attractions

Brescia's superb position between lakes and mountains, its rich heritage (the Santa Giulia monastery was recently recognised by UNESCO), its infrastructure and its cuisine make it an ideal tourist location and attractive to investors. 

Key facts

Airport

Excellent transport links with the Milan airports.

GDP per capita

Brescia ranks fifth in Lombardy for GDP per capita (Euro 30,308), well above the Italian average.

Bank

With 969 bank branches and 9 Credit Guarantee Fund Trusts, Brescia has an extensive network of credit services.

Position

Brescia's excellent road network and strategic position as an intersection for traffic between France and Austria and between Germany/central Europe and Rome make the province very attractive to investors.

Fashion industry

3 textile/clothing districts specialized in clothing, leatherworking and footwear.

Innovation hub

8 Research center / Innovation center / Technology parks
  • Technological innovation centres such as the CSMT and AQM.
  • Research centres (Istituto Zooprofilattico e Centro Miglioramento del Latte e della Carne).
  • PDO wines and cheeses (such as the famous Grana Padano).
  • Niche sectors globally recognised for the quality of their output include the biomedical sector.
  • Health service structure in the region (especially the first-rate hospitals)
  • Increased specialisation (supported by the university's engineering department and by the CSMT).
  • Marble working and manufacturing is another important sector on a global scale.
  • Specialist marble school (Istituto Vantini) and exports the famous Botticino marble to a number of different countries.
  • Boating industry and its production facilities were recently given recognition by the Lombardy regional government.
1 University
  • Università degli Studi di Bergamo

Key sectors

Engineering

Engineering The engineering industry is a true asset to Brescia's economy. Equipment made in Brescia is renowned the world over, especially in the machine tool, precision mechanics and automotive sectors. Not forgetting the age-old local tradition of firearms manufacturing. Advanced technology and research and development centres (CSMT and AQM) are another feature of the region.

Food Processing

The province of Brescia leads the way in the Italian food and agriculture sector (first in terms of gross milk and cattle production as well as pig production). The quality of raw materials is complemented by research centres (Istituto Zooprofilattico e Centro Miglioramento del Latte e della Carne) and by a long tradition of first-class cold meats, PDO wines and cheeses (such as the famous Grana Padano).

Tourism/Hospitality Industry

The varied landscapes, the tourist attractions of Lake Garda, Lake Iseo and the mountain valleys and numerous sites of cultural interest make the region an attractive proposition for investment in tourism. Brescia's case is strengthened by the possibility of further infrastructure and service development and its close proximity to tourist arrival/departure points (Villafranca, Orio al Serio and Brescia-Montichiari airports).

Iron & Steel

The iron and steel industry in Brescia is highly specialised and very high calibre as a result of significant investment in research. The sector and its various branches (smelting, die casting, rolling, stretching, drawing) enjoy global acclaim. Iron and steel exports from Brescia are 3 times above the national average and make up 40% of the total regional exports.

Textiles/Clothing

The textile/clothing sector plays a key role in the local economy. The province boasts the presence of three districts: Bassa Bresciana clothing, Bassa Bresciana leatherworking and footwear and Castel Goffredo – footwear. Growth in the sector has been boosted by the fact that leading textile and clothing tool manufacturers are based in the area and by a first-class fashion school (Istituto Machina Lonati).

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