From Lloyds to Lunches to Local Issues – All in a day’s work for Axel Niels – commercial director of the “Terre Bonne” business Park in Eysins.


This is a second part of a feature “Living and Working in Eysins” (see part one here). Here we speak to the commercial director of the Terre Bonne business park, set just on  the outskirts of the village. 

With over 400 staff already in place, and a planned total of 1,500 due to be established over the next few years, the Terre Bonne Business Centre in Eysins is set to become a major hub for multinationals in the Nyon and Eysins region. Axel Niels, commercial director of Nemaco Suisse SA, the development firm behind the 45,000 m2 business centre, (see brochure) spoke to Living in Nyon about the centre and its future plans.

Living in Nyon began by asking Mr Niels why there is still an ongoing trend for multinational companies choosing to move to this area.

“There are many factors; quality of life, attractive tax incentives, convenience to Geneva airport etc, and in our case being able to provide efficient office buildings with the infrastructure and facilities all at hand in one place. Most companies have already done their research before they even arrive here, so they know that the Lac Léman area is a dynamic place for business. When the representatives of companies actually visit and see all the advantages for themselves, and then they also see the beautiful surroundings, then they don’t really need much more of an incentive to base themselves here. At the moment we have Shire, Regus and Kraft in residence and Lloyds Bank are due to move their staff here from their Geneva office in the not too distant future. There is no industry on site, it is purely an office based business park, the exception being Kraft who have also an on-site R&D facility”.

Niels began his career in the finance industry followed by the real estate business, the combination of the two put him in an ideal position to be part of the development team of the business park, where a total staff of twelve oversee the construction of this massive new project which is due to be completed in 2013.

“There are some challenges of course in this business, we can only provide a limited amount of car parking, this is a federal ruling to encourage greater use of public transport. This can be difficult to explain to some companies where their employees are used to living in a car based society and they never think of using any alternatives.

We try to encourage companies to use public transport, we have recently agreed with TPN, the local bus company to extend its line to include a bus stop just outside our doorstep, we have a velo pass bike park in the centre of the business park and we encourage car sharing. As for future plans for the park, we hope to have a crèche on site for the children of employees.

We already have a restaurant called “Francis’ Kitchen” which members of the public can use should they want to, at the moment it is housed in a temporary building, but it will eventually move to a permanent building. The restaurant serves local food as much as it can, bread, meat, fruit and vegetables are all sourced locally.

 Asked about some *recent criticism by local residents that multinationals moving to the la Côte region are too prone in bringing in their own staff from overseas and do not hire as many local employees as they should, Niels replied; “This business centre can’t dictate who companies hire as most of them have a global hiring policy, however we are aware of the issue and if we can, we advise hiring locally wherever possible. Having said that, there are some companies in the park that do make an active effort in sourcing local staff and getting involved locally.

 At Nemaco we are grateful for the tremendous support from the commune and the canton for the development of this park, we already have had positive feedback on the buildings themselves and the quality of construction. I personally look forward to the day when it’s all completed and we have a business park that is full of contented employees. There are a few years to go yet but it is all looking very good so far”.

*This criticism was raised by various members of the audience in a recent debate on the 30th September held in Nyon organised by Globunion, Bilan business magazine and the town of Nyon. The debate was called “And now? The Growth of L’arc Lemanique – Chances and Risks” (details of debate here) with videos from some of the participating members).

Other issues raised at the debate were the difficulties of locals being able to find affordable housing due to the high prices of rental properties in the area, and how the area can develop sustainably whilst encouraging business. Amongst those present at the debate were Frederique Reeb Landry, Director General of Procter and Gamble, Devendra Rana of WWF, Lise Thorsen mayor of Copenhagen, and Reindert Hoek, mayor of Utrecht (these latter two were invited to pass on the experience of rapid business growth in their own cities and how they tackled similar issues to that in La Côte area).

Nyon says a big “No” to Novartis – Saturday Street Protest


There was a large but peaceful demonstration in Nyon on Saturday morning in protest against the recent announcement from Novartis that it is due to close its factory at its Nyon/Prangins site, with the resulting loss of over 320 jobs. An estimated 2,000 people including councillors, members of the municipality, Philip Jennings,General Secretary of UNI Globiunion (which has its world headquarters in Nyon), plus concerned Nyon and other local citizens came to show their solidarity for the campaign and Novartis staff . The crowd marched around through the town finally ending up at the chateau in the centre of Nyon.  Pictures from Saturday’s protest below.










Solidarity from young and old.

For some citizens though the solidarity only went so far, until nap time……


Round up of local news and events:From winning wine to protests agains Novartis closure


Photo above: Commuters at Nyon railway station.

Here’s a round up of some of the local news taken from La Côte newspaper, plus a selection of local events coming up in the region. Don’t forget there is a Living in Nyon English column published in La Côte newspaper every Friday. It is a light hearted look at living in this area from the viewpoint of an expatriate.

News – Wine from Perroy a winner. Demonstration against closure of Novartis on Saturday. Amphitheatre of Nyon stays under covers. CCTV cameras in Nyon. Head coach of Nyon Basket Ball Club resigns.

Wine winner

Jean Marie Roch from the vineyard “La Vaudoise de Quatre Vents”  in Perroy, a village just a few miles from Nyon, has won first prize in the best “chasselas wine” category in “The Grand Prix du Vin Suisse 2011″ .  There are other winners from La Côte area on the winning list too!

No to Novartis

There will be a demonstration in the Rive-Est  area of Nyon at 10:30 on Saturday 12th November. This is to protest against the announced closure of the Novartis factory in Nyon, with the resulting loss of over 320 jobs for its staff and knock on effect on local businesses.

Recent local council decisions 

The Roman Amphitheatre of Nyon look set to stay under dust covers for the time being as there has yet to be a decision on its future due to budgetary and planning considerations.

There will be CCTV cameras installed in the place de la Gare (South and North) and the Rue des Marchandises.


For children –  Puppet show  at the Usine a Gaz (Nyon’s official music and cultural venue) “Les Trois Amis” by the “Les Bamboches”  theatre group next Wednesday 16th for children aged 4 upwards.  Ticket office opens at 14:30  Show at 15:00

For Adults – Also at the Usine  Saturday 12th November Music –  Bernie Constatin featuring the Mother Rockers Gang  (Rock).  Sat 19th November Grand Pianoramax Feat Black Cracker CH-USA and Dog Almond (future funk /jazz /spoken pop). Hear the Dog Almond track “What I hide” here  See Usine a Gaz for more info and booking and future concerts coming up.

Photo above – Dog Almond

Culture – Exhibition at the Chateau beginning 15th December through to 10 March 2012 – “Old posters and New porcelain”.  New acquistions of the chateau;f posters of Nyon from the 1930s and Nyon porcelain. Vernissage the 14th December  17:00-19:00

Sport  There has beeen a surprise resignation by Jon Ferguson,the American Head Coach of  BBC Nyon (the basket ball club of Nyon). La Côte reports that this his resignation is due to health reasons.

Nyon TV

Did you know that Nyon has its own TV station called NRTV?  Check it out here. The station carries programmes  and interviews with local businesses, artists and citizens. The programme ” Texto” is useful to watch if you are learning French as it consists of a roving reporter asking local people the same question, you can play the answers back again again until you understand them!  Here’s a programme from the 21st October. The question was “Do you have any advice as to how to keep warm in winter?”

Texto du 21 octobre 2011 par nyonregiontv


Big Expat Fair and Career Fair this weekend in Lausanne – Reminder book signing today, other events

On Sunday 6th November it’s the Leman Expat Fair. Over 120 Swiss and international businesses and services with experience in serving the English-speaking community will be in one place under the same roof at the Beaulieu in Lausanne. Whether you have just arrived in Switzerland, or have been here for a while, these fairs are a great way of finding out what’s available for expats in this part of Switzerland and they can give you a chance to meet others expats (and Swiss too of course !) Living in Nyon will have a stand at the fair (booth number 105) and will be selling copies of the book “Living along Lac Léman”,  so do come and say “hello”.  Check out the floor plan and list of exhibitors here

New at the fair this year are  presentations given throughout the day on a variety of topics such as; “The Tourist Highlights of Vaud” given by the Office du Tourisme Vaud. There will also be a presentation by Diccon Bewes, author of “Swiss Watching” and another entitled “Raising Cross Culture and Global Nomad Children” by Suellen Bonga of CWC Suisse.

For children there will be a face painting stand, plus crepes and gaufres (waffles) will be served between 14:00 and 16:00. For adults there will be a DVD and book exhange. Bring your DVDs and book and take home new titles!  There will also be a “green carpet” day-long putting initiation by Golf de Lavaux at the fair.

Career Fair in same building on same day

New this year at Beaulieu in association with International Link and CVIC (the Chamber Vaudoise of Commerce and Industry) there will be an International Career Fair in the same building.  This is an opportunity for employers who are looking for talent to be at the fair and for those looking for employment to search out job possibilities. This fair will also run presentations throughout the day such as “Energise your job search through a fresh approach”  to  “All you really need to know to get a job in Switzerland”. This career fair is aimed at international and local professionals and their spouses.

Find out all about this Career Fair here

Check out the full list of presentations during the day here

How to get to the Beaulieu building by car and public transport here

Check out the list of specials prepared for visitors to the expat fair  here

Reminder Book signing today November 4th at Nyon tourist office. There will be a “Living along Lac Léman ” book signing today at Nyon tourist office between 16:00 and 18:00. Come and say “hello” and pick up a copy of the book for a birthday or Christmas present.  

Other events

Vide Grenier - A reminder that this Sunday 6th November the IWCN willhave a table top sale at the Salle Communale. in Dully from 10:00 – 15:00.  Info: Anne-Marie Ramu  Tél. 021 824 13 03. Bénéfices pour la Fondation Vaudoise “Le Cube de Verre”.

Classical Guitar Concert on Sunday

Another reminder that  there will be classical guitar duet concert on Sunday 6th November at 17:00 at the COV (see  previous post).

Swiss Film to be shown in Nyon in presence of film maker Monday 7th November

 In collaboration with Visions du Réel  and the Cinéma Capitale, the Swiss Film “Nel Giardino dei Suoni” will be shown on Monday 7th November  in Nyon at 20.15 in the presence of the film maker. This film has been described as a “magnificent film” by Bernard Koellish of  “Box Office”. More on this event coming up on this site coming soon.

Free tickets to Visions du Réel, Events this weekend from Chocolate festivals to tours of Nyon in English

Nyon tourist office have started a new initiative by offering tours in English on Saturday mornings, every first Saturday of the month. This year tours will be on this Saturday April 2nd, then on May 7th, June 4th, July 2nd, September 3rd and October 1st.  You do not need to reserve for this tour, you just turn up!

On the tour you can discover all about the cultural and historical aspects of the town, just follow the guide, whether you come on the tour on your own or with your family or with friends.   Go along to listen to all the stories that Nyon has to offer, and finish it all off with an aperitif in the wine cellar of the castle!

Meeting point:  in front of the castle at 10:30  Languages spoken on the day will be French or German or English. The duration of this tour will be about 1 ½ hour,  and it’s a nice and easy walk.   

Price:  CHF 20  (children free of charge). Included in this price, is the tour of the town, the aperitif  and a little platter of cold meat in the cellar of the castle. For further info see Nyon Tourism or Telephone – 022 365 66 00


Visions du Réel Nyon’s film festival starts on the 7th April next week and 10 free tickets ( 5 lots of 2 tickets) have been offered by the festival for Living in Nyon readers. If you would like a pair of tickets, then send an email to the editor cnp at  Names will be then put into a hat and drawn at the end of the day on Monday 4th April and winners notified on Tuesday 5th.  If you have never been to this festival before, this is a great opportunity to find out what it is  all about and to see some great films. There will be reviews of the films on this site during the festival. The programme is now out and printed and available in various outlets in the town or you can check it on line here at Visions du Réel.

Chocolate Festival in Versoix this Saturday 09:00 – 18:00

For all chocolate lovers, young and old, this is a festival not to be missed, however parking can be tricky ( it’s a very popular event) so it’s best to take the train to get your chocolate fix. See site for more details

Other events

3rd April Sunday afternoon concert  17:00  Classical Music Concert at the Conservatoire down by the lake side. “Quatuor 248″ . Reservations 022 994 2360.  See COV link on side bar of this site. 

3rd April Saturday Night  Free entry  –  Jazz in the cellar of the Mumbai Bar in Place du Chateau from 22:00

Aremis Ueter vocals, Enzo Miraglia drums,  Cedric Gysler contrebasse, Xavier Nussbaum saxophone and Dominique Favre on piano. Improvised jazz from Swing to Bossa Nova and more.

Finally, last but not least, this weekend, it’s the local ELECTIONS again!

If you are eligible to vote, don’t forget the second round of elections is this Sunday, this time the vote is to elect members for the municipality. It’s an important vote as those elected are the people who make the financial and major decisions on Nyon’s future! Read their manifestos and watch their interviews on local TV to help you make your decision.

Cartes sur Table du 18 mars 2011 par nyonregiontv

Events next week 

The Business and Professional Women’s Assocation (Geneva)  are holding their next event event in Nyon on Tuesday April 5th, 2011, at the Hotel Beau Rivage in Nyon. 

 The event is a discussion called

Affirmative Action: Does it help or hurt women?”

 Why do some companies adopt affirmative action and others do not? What is being done in Switzerland? In other countries? Do the benefits outweigh the negative consequences?

Discussion leader: Dr. Elodie Baerlocher

Dr. Elodie Baerlocher will address some of the reasoning behind the acceptance or the rejection of such measures. An open discussion will follow in order to compare views and help us understand better why we can all find pros and cons on the subject.

Elodie has done many different jobs in her professional career. She has been a researcher and teaching assistant in social psychology at the University of Geneva, a researcher in women’s career development at the University of Lausanne, an adult trainer in computer skills at IFAGE and a relocation consultant at Active Relocation. After finishing her PhD on affirmative action based on gender discrimination in the labor market in 2009, she moved into Programme design for the Talent Management Centre of Expertise at Givaudan, the leading international company in the fragrance and flavour industry.


18:30 Registration & Networking

19:00 Presentation & Discussion

20:30 Dinner

Members 65 CHF, non-members 80 CHF

Please register before Friday April 1st directly at