Local agriculture

AGRICULTURAL TEST AREA

This area serves as an incubator to enable project holders to test organic market gardening prior to creating and investing in their agricultural business.
The area allows project holders to test their market gardening activity in realistic conditions, to avail of personalised support and partnerships for local sale.

TECHNICAL TRAINING DAYS FOR GOOD FARMING PRACTICE

With the support of several partners, GrandAngoulême also organises technical training days for farms and farmers to promote exchanges of good farming practices.

FOSTER NEW AGRICULTURAL OPERATIONS

– The key focus: generation renewal
Production of a varied food supply in the vicinity of a living area of 140,000 inhabitants
Support in the creation of organic market gardening activities

CONVERSION TO ORGANIC FARMING

Since 2017, GrandAngoulême has been committed to supporting farmers seeking to convert to organic agriculture, with its undeniable benefits for biodiversity and water resources.
Any agricultural business in the GrandAngoulême region may therefore benefit from an initial survey prior to individual conversion, carried out in partnership with the Maison de l’Agriculture Biologique de la Charente [Charente Centre for Organic Farming].

THE COMMITMENT OF THE COGNAC SECTOR TO ENVIRONMENTAL CERTIFICATION 

The first step is to carry out a survey of farming techniques for each holding. By late 2018, some thirty wine-growers had completed this first step, i.e. 25% of the vineyards in the area.
This task is overseen by the National Inter-profession Office for Cognac.

Cultural and Creative Industries (CCI)

# CCI, PACKAGING, INDUSTRY AND MECATRONICS, SPIRITS/LUXURY GOODS

As well as being a major industrial centre for the image sector, the conurbation has also developed around other leading economic sectors:

  • Packaging thanks to the presence of companies in the agro-food and luxury sectors.
  • Cultural and Creative Industries in the fields of animation and digital technology.
  • Major Industries and Mecatronics with the presence of key players in the region.
  • Spirits with world-renowned cognac and its outstanding vineyards.

Grand Angoulême, a region firmly focused on  local excellence !

 

Social and Inclusive Economy

SOCIAL & INCLUSIVE ECONOMY AND THE CIRCULAR ECONOMY

Since 2015, GrandAngoulême has been supporting the organisation and growth of the Social & Inclusive Economy ‘sector’ in the region, which aims to develop local projects fostering employment and non-relocatable assets.
SIE stakeholders represent more than 6,000 employees and 517 organisations (mainly non-profit and cooperative).
The sector is undeniably dynamic thanks to the multitude and variety of projects in the fields of social welfare, environment, entrepreneurship, circular economy and culture: 
Atelier 9 de la Régie de Quartier, Showroom Envie Charente, La Drôle d’Epicerie, l’Autre Librairie, le collectif Carré Bouge, les Mains Sales,  la monnaie locale complémentaire « la Bulle », les Coopératives d’activité et d’Emploi HELISCOOP, Champs du Partage, ALTERBATIVE et Consortium mais aussi Cyclofficine, le festival des alternatives Festifastoche