6 reasons to start a business in Utrecht Region

Do you want to start, relocate or expand your business abroad? Located in the heart of the Netherlands, Utrecht Region offers you the key ingredients to help your business grow in Europe. Curious to learn why this region is beneficial for your business growth? Read the six most important reasons below.

15 March 2022 10 minutes

1. Excellent connectivity

Utrecht Region is the most central and well-connected region in the Netherlands – enabling the region to compete on a global level. Besides having the country’s largest train station, it is also 30 minutes away from Schiphol International Airport, with more than 327 destinations worldwide, and 45 minutes away from The Port of Rotterdam. 145 million consumers in different European markets are reachable within a 500 kilometre radius.

2. Established ecosystem

Become part of an established, open ecosystem where businesses, research institutes and universities work together on groundbreaking innovations. The region knows several knowledge parks, where specific organisations and institutes naturally gather together. Think of the Utrecht Science Park for R&D companies in Life Sciences & Health and the Media Park in Hilversum for digital media and creative companies.

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Copyright Lotte Stierhout


3. Access to talent

Get easy access to a wealth of highly educated and skilled talent to leverage your business growth. The region has the most highly educated workforce in The Netherlands. 70,000+ students study at five different universities, including the prestigious Utrecht University. Businesses of any size active in the field of Digital (media), Smart mobility, Sustainability, or Life Sciences & Health can recruit the right talented people here.

4. Cost-effective

With considerably lower operating and living costs than Amsterdam and Rotterdam, Utrecht Region offers all the benefits of a thriving ecosystem – both for businesses and employees. Besides, the International Welcome Centre can effectively help your international employees with handling formalities and settling in.

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Copyright Jurjen Drenth


5. Attractive incentives & tax rates

The solid combination of the attractive corporate tax rates in the Netherlands and financial incentives, makes Utrecht Region a reliable choice as a base for international operations. The Dutch Tax Authorities have a flexible and practical approach, with a proactive attitude.

6. Business growth support

The Regional Development Agency provides you a gateway into the ecosystem of Utrecht Region. Acting as your go-to partner, they offer you the support that matches your commitment to international growth. This includes several free, confidential services to give your business a head start in Utrecht Region to forge your success.

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