The province of Como is one of the most industrialised and economically advanced areas in Lombardy. 50,758 companies (mainly SMEs) are based here: 40% are secondary sector businesses, 55% tertiary sector (which is currently undergoing strong growth) and 5% specialise in agriculture.
Como's wonderful location and long history as a popular tourist destination have helped preserve its craft sector, which is still renowned around the world today.
Como's business environment is very healthy: there is 1 company per 12 inhabitants and the province boasts a professional, specialist workforce. Around 39% of the population work in industry, 60% in the service sector and the remaining 1% in agriculture. The quality of products from the area is reflected in the number and value of exports. In 2010 alone they amounted to Euro 4,581 million.
Como is blessed with a strategic location: it is near Milano (to the south) and borders Switzerland (to the north). This makes the province an excellent choice for investment, on top of the extensive road and rail network and the proximity of 3 international airports: Malpensa, Linate and Lugano.
Como's cultural heritage and natural beauty is world famous and it has been chosen by international cinema producers as a filming location on a number of occasions as well as being a tourist attraction. The Como "brand" is important and recognisable and increases the value of the province's products.
The strength of the manufacturing sector and the number of enterprises in Como means there are plenty of easily accessible production facilities and services. This infrastructure is enhanced by qualified professionals who have been educated in the local cultural tradition of crafts and design.
The conservation of the environment and cultural heritage is a vital part of Como's development strategy alongside local investment initiatives which aim to encourage eco-sustainable growth.
A long-term development programme entitled "Framework for improving the competitiveness and development of the province of Como" has been drawn up. The agreement, which the most important public bodies and provincial organisations have all signed up for, aims to encourage growth via joint action and projects. The overall target is to create a business environment that is even more attractive to investors.