Normandy’s history goes hand in hand with its present, so let’s find out what makes it so special nowadays. Innovation, tolerance, sustainable development, youth, lifestyle and more. Read all about the individual and group projects with committed and passionate Normans behind them!

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Sustainable Christmas gifts from Normandy: eco-friendly gift ideas

Christmas is fast approaching and it's time to find some original gifts to take care of your loved ones and the planet. This year, give the gift of sustainability with the Normandy stamp on it!Here's a selection of local eco-friendly brands with ethical and exciting gift ideas.  PimpantZero-waste everyday essentials  Pimpant is a business based…

Emploi Normandie: revolutionising recruitment in Normandy

Are you struggling to find staff? Looking for that rare gem? A place where you can say what you're looking for and why your business is a great place to work? Good news: the new platform designed by the Normandy Region and its partners meets your every need. Let's find out more. A unique tool…

The biggest-ever wind turbine blade measures 107m, and it’s from Cherbourg!

A record-breaking 107m long rotor blade makes it the biggest offshore turbine blade ever built. LM WIND POWER in Cherbourg holds the record. The challenge began in 2017 and has stayed the course: one of the biggest French factories in the General Electric group hasn't stopped hiring staff since it opened in January 2019. fabrication…

Multiple perspectives: industrial maintenance, the manufacturing doctors

He's one of 4 Normans to join the French team for the international WorldSkills competition in September 2024: 20 year old Thiaifène, an apprentice at Mont-Blanc in Manche, will champion Normandy's expertise in industrial maintenance. Let's take a look at multiple perspectives of a popular trade in the area with Vincent Bettin, his HND teacher…

Showcasing IT talent in Normandy: get ready for WorldSkills 2024 with Thomas and Zakina

After winning gold at the national competition, 21 year old Thomas will showcase his skills on the international stage at WorldSkills with the French team in September 2024. What does he do? He designs business software solutions. He is learning his trade from Zakina, his application development HND teacher Lycée Jean Rostand in Caen, who…

Sinay, an Industry 4.0 business 

Environmental impact assessment, port risk management, optimised fishing, modelling, simulation and experimentation, navigational risk assessment and more. SINAY was founded in 2008 and has designed the first multi-business big data platform. The Normandy SME provides unique digital and maritime expertise and won the first Index French Blue Tech, an award promoting maritime start-ups with 23…

Alga Biologics: fighting the big C with the sea

49 year old Muriel Bardor is making her childhood dream come true, or almost. She started out wanting to battle genetic disorders but ended up finding a way to produce antibodies that could treat some forms of cancer using microalgae... Her start-up, Alga Biologics, has already won several awards including the Normandie4Good prize in 2023.…

Multiple perspectives: welding in Normandy

20 year old Jayson and 25 year old Maël both come from Cherbourg-en-Cotentin in Manche. There's only a few years between them but they have the same passion and experience: welding and WorldSkills. The former won gold at the last trade competition in Lyon and joined the French team to compete at the international contest. The…

Normandy scallops: Arnaud Vanhamme’s ocean treasure

Fishmonger and Meilleur Ouvrier de France (MOF), Arnaud Vanhamme is the patron of the 2023 La Grande Débarque. The autumn event celebrates the return of the scallop, an emblem of Normandy, all over France!  What does being a fishmonger involve?  Fishmongers get fresh deliveries (fish, shellfish, seafood) every morning that they get the best out of…

NEOLITIK, pioneering innovative and sustainable construction

The industrial start-up NEOLITIK won the design award at the Normandy Economy Awards and is revolutionising the world of construction. What sets it apart? An innovative alternative to concrete and stone called EcoLithe designed for eco-friendly building sites. From Paris to Fécamp Thirty-something Marc Dib left Île-de-France for Seine-Maritime in 2022. Why? To set up…

Jean-Louis Louvel, eco-friendly entrepreneurship

Jean-Louis Louvel is president of the PGS Group near Rouen in Seine-Maritime and was named "Entrepreneur of 2023" by EY. It's a first for a managing director in the region. Let's meet a Norman with inspiring values and his sights set on a more sustainable world. What does PGS stand for? Palettes, Gestion, Services (Pallets,…

World Calvados Day 2023: the ambassadors showcased calvados and Normandy to the world!

October 20th saw over 500 people get together from all over the world as part of the second World Calvados Day celebrating Normandy's signature spirit. Normandy ambassadors living everywhere from New York, Sydney and Dakar to Tokyo, Brasilia, Vietnam and Mauritius used any excuse to get together with fellow Normans, friends, workmates and family to put Normandy…

La Glass Vallée: an industry of excellence in Normandy

La Glass Vallée is the world leader in luxury bottleware and accounts for over 70% of global production of glass bottles for fragrances, spirits, cosmetics, medicine and toiletries. This industry of excellence brings centuries of expertise together in the Bresle Valley, on the border with Normandy and the Hauts-de-France. Let's take a deep dive into glass…

AJ Hackett: Normandy, a natural choice

He introduced people to adrenaline-pumping experiences when he bungee jumped off the Eiffel Tower in 1987. AJ Hackett has set up bungee jump sites around the globe attracting thrill-seekers from all over the world. What fuels him? Creating unforgettable experiences in incredible places. One of them is the Souleuvre site in Calvados, the famous New…

The Prix Liberté: Normandy’s tribute to history

The Prix Liberté is awarded by 15-25 year olds every year to people or organisations fighting for freedom. The innovative campaign is organised by the Normandy Region and brought to life by the Institut international des droits de l’Homme et de la paix (International Institute for Human Rights and Peace) based in Hérouville-Saint-Clair. The award…

Parapluie de Cherbourg: an umbrella for any weather

A popular film around the world, a magical soundtrack and an umbrella shop that became famous despite being pure fantasy... at the time. Jacques Demy's film inspired 22 year old Jean-Pierre Yvon to create his own brand and Le Véritable Cherbourg umbrella factory in the heart of town in 1986. His son, Charles Yvon, now…

Cider in Normandy: the apple of the region’s eye!

The profession is attracting more women and young people, business is booming and sustainability is a key ingredient. A cider from Normandy was named the best cider in the world in 2023 and Normandy has never shone so brightly in the cider world. Let's introduce you to 5 Normandy producers, flying the flag for their…

La Cité de la Mer in Cherbourg: an iconic maritime adventure

La Cité de la Mer opened in the former Gare Maritime Transatlantique in Cherbourg-en-Cotentin on April 29th 2002. 20 years later, La Cité de la Mer and its Le Redoutable submarine won the 2022 season of "Le Monument préféré des Français" (France's favourite monument TV show) presented by Stéphane Bern. Let's answer all your questions…

Reviving Normandy’s flax industry: sustainable textile production

The essence of economic fabric? By definition, the system of producing and managing material wealth from design to end product. From crop to clothing via scutching, weaving and knitting: Normandy has helped France make a name for itself as the home for every component of its world-renowned high quality flax. Normandy's La French Filature in…

Horse racing: No pain, no Graignes

Saddle trotting, harness racing and gallop racing more recently… The Afasec horse racing college in Graignes teaches over a hundred students from around the world the art of turf racing in Saint-Lô Agglo in Manche. Despite being little-known and hard to fill, careers in the sector are attainable and appealing. A unique school in Normandy…

Major events in 2024: Normandy in the spotlight 

France is celebrating several major events in 2024. Sports, culture, history, crafts and innovation are key themes for the new year. Normandy will be there for all of them to, once again, showcase its quality of life, vibrant economy and ambitions for the future. Here's a sneak peek. Salon du Travail et de la Mobilité…

Nuclear, a future industry in Normandy

Careers in the nuclear industry have been in the shadows for a long time… but there's some exciting energy around them in Normandy. Two major projects have seen a rise in vacancies for anyone who wants to be part of expanding an independent and decarbonised energy sector! Let's find out more. Normandy, a hotbed for…

Futerro: the future of sustainable, green plastic in Normandy

We got the good news at the end of 2022… Following in the footsteps of Eastman, the Belgian brand Futerro announced it was coming to the Port-Jérôme business park in Seine-Maritime. What's the idea? To open the world's first industrial facility producing, processing and recycling bioplastic. It brings the circular economy and energy transition together:…

Ireland & Normandy: the links that tie them together forever

Ireland? Guinness, greenery and the Troubles. But that's not all. The country has had a close bond with Normandy that lives on today, after 850 years and one invasion. Read on for our Top 5 bonds! Act I : Invasion After the Duke of Normandy, William the Conqueror, conquered England in 1066, the Normans turned…

Normandy and England: celebrating our shared history and culture at major events

In the wake of a delegation's trip to London in early December 2023, let's take a look at what's coming up in 2024 and beyond to celebrate the bonds between Normandy and England. William the Conqueror's 1000th birthday: a cultural tribute that goes beyond borders Normandy is getting ready to celebrate William the Conqueror's 1000th…

Aptar Pharma: a pioneering group

Normandy is home to a network of pioneering groups and industries that are often looking for new staff and working hard to make the industry more sustainable. Let's meet Aptar Pharma in Eure, the world's leading spray and aerosol manufacturer for the pharmaceutical industry and an "Industry Showcase of the Future". https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D9IYg6YGCl8 What is the…

Eastman: a unique molecular recycling facility in Normandy

Eastman has underlined Normandy's place as an industrial region for the future by opening the biggest molecular recycling facility in the world in Port-Jérôme-sur-Seine (76). What's the idea? Decarbonisation and virtuous economy. A billion euro project The US giant's factory is the biggest in the world: it will recycle up to 160,000 metric tons of…

British Normandy Memorial in Ver-sur-Mer: honouring D-day heroes

The British Normandy Memorial was officially inaugurated on June 6th 2021 in Ver-sur-Mer after 6 years of work. The memorial pays tribute to both the British armed forces, who played a crucial role during the D-Day Landings in June 1944, and the Norman civilians who lost their lives during the battle. Tribute to 22 442…

The history of the Irish Hospital in Saint-Lô

Catherine Gagneux from Orne is a member of our Normandy Ambassadors network. Back in 2020, the Honorary Consul of France in Ireland stumbled upon the moving history of the Irish Red Cross that came to Saint-Lô, in Manche, after D-Day. Let's turn back the clock and dive into the show of solidarity! The discovery Catherine…

The rest of the world joins Normandy in remembering D-Day

The Allies landed in Normandy to liberate France and Europe from the Nazis on June 6th 1944. The milestone event made Normandy famous the world over. Projects such as the Normandy World Peace Forum or Prix Liberté help to remember the past and pass down essential values to future generations. 80 years have passed but…

Uncover the secrets behind Normandy’s organic AOP camembert!

Patrick Mercier is a dairy farmer in Champsecret, near Domfront in Orne, who began making organic camembert with the protected designation of origin in 2010. 70% of his milk is now used to make his cheese.  Patrick Mercier is a champion of Normandy's expertise and is president of the ODG (Normandy Camembert Protection and Management…

Calvados, Normandy’s signature spirit

What is calvados? If you know your French geography then you'll know it's a "département" in France. It's also a world-renowned spirit made using Norman expertise. Let's find out more about an iconic apple brandy as we introduce you to four Normandy distilleries. DOMAINE DE LA FLAGUERIE Domaine de la Flaguerie has been cultivating the…

Haras National du Pin: Normandy’s iconic equestrian site

It was selected as one of 17 iconic French sites in 2022 for Stéphane Bern's Mission Patrimoine and will host international teams for the Paris Olympics in 2024. It also hosts several equestrian events, innovative activities and outstanding training. Let's answer your questions about the Haras National du Pin, an iconic (and Norman!) in the…

In the Suisse-Normande area, Cotral Lab, world leader in custom-moulded hearing protection devices

In the workplace, the different kinds of harm caused by regular exposure to noise are recognised today, such as tension, tiredness, difficulty in concentrating, irritation or hearing loss. In order to combat these problems, Laurent Capellari founded Cotral Lab 26 years ago, at Condé-sur-Noireau, in the Norman county of Calvados. His aim? To provide custom-moulded…

Virtual Reality (VR) at the service of research

CIREVE (the Centre Interdisciplinaire de Réalité Virtuelle, or Centre for Interdisciplinary Virtual Reality) is at the heart of the University of Caen Normandy’s technology centre, created in 2006 and, since 2012, part of the training and research unit for humanities and the social sciences (the Unité de Formation et de Recherche, or UFR Humanités et…

Isigny-Sainte-Mère: Normandy dairy know-how recognised around the world

Since 1932, Normandy’s Isigny-Sainte-Mère Cooperative has proudly maintained its know-how and quality in making dairy products. Managed by Daniel Delahaye since 1990 until his recent retirement, the business now achieves two thirds of its turnover abroad. Milk, cheese, fromage frais, butter and cream sold under the Isigny Ste-Mère brand are to be found across the…

Eco-Technilin: an international showcase for norman know-how

Based at Valliquerville near Yvetot in the Norman county of Seine-Maritime, Eco-Technilin is Europe’s leading supplier of non-woven products made from natural fibres (flax, hemp, kenaf, jute), mainly used for car interiors. Video portrait. Sustainable development The company was created in the year 2000 by an agricultural cooperative, in order to make the most of…

Tertu: how Normandy is helping make roads safer around the world

They flash past us, often unseen, and yet they’re indispensable. They appeared in france in the 1960s, lining the roads – retaining devices, or crash barriers. They help keep vehicles on the road and give users added security. In the norman county of orne, at villedieu-lès-bailleul, tertu equipements has been developing innovative ones made from…

In Normandy: training that’s unique in France !

Outside Saint-Pierre-en-Auge, a town in the county of Calvados, the Etablissement Public Local Agricole Le Robillard is a local public agricultural college that offers a rather special year’s course that’s unique in France, leading to a Certificate in ‘‘specialisation in cider’’. This is aimed at people looking for a career change retraining to produce and…

D-Day: A Norman’s tribute to veterans

The wonderful story that you are about to read comes from one of our Normandy Ambassadors, living out in the USA, Virginie Feutry-Durr, without whom this D-Day 2024 would be lacking one of its key ingredients. In 2022, due to her background and her commitment, she was able to lead an American airline company, a…

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