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Why Rotterdam for your international business

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Looking for the next strategic location to expand your international operations? With world-leading clusters, a strategic location at the heart of the European market and an excellent business climate that fosters innovation, Rotterdam is the right choice for the future. Setting up and doing business in Rotterdam is easy and Rotterdam Partners will guide you every step of the way.

Rotterdam is a dynamic world city, known internationally as the ‘gateway to Europe’. Our port, the smartest and busiest in Europe, is the engine powering Europe’s most innovative Maritime & Offshore cluster. Our city is also home to world-leading clusters in other economic sectors such as Life Sciences and Health, Cleantech, Logistics and Agri & Food. Thanks to our international airports, port and advanced digital infrastructure, Rotterdam has the best connectivity in Europe. This proximity to customers and suppliers makes our city a strategic business location, ideally positioned for companies looking to optimise operations in Europe and beyond. This is why Rotterdam is an international business hub.

Rotterdam is a magnet for innovation and talent. Entrepreneurial spirit, innovation and experimentation are integral elements of our city’s DNA and attracts investors, pioneers, start-ups and global talent. Continuous innovation is how we keep a leading position and is crucial to accelerate our digital, energy and circular transitions. Our city boasts internationally acclaimed knowledge institutions and the most prominent companies who are keen to test and internalise innovations. This open innovation ecosystem offers great business opportunities to work with leading companies on new innovative solutions. Here you will find the industry expertise as well as the right business and technical talent needed to successfully design, develop and market innovations.

Rotterdam’s Make it Happen mentality combined with low business costs and a competitive Dutch tax regime give companies the competitive advantage to succeed. We welcome international businesses and our openness is reflected in our business culture and ease of doing business in English. Rotterdam is a modern cosmopolitan city with over 170 nationalities and thriving international communities. A safe, clean and well-organised city with excellent healthcare, international education and affordable housing. Our welcoming city, where everyone speaks English, will make you feel right at home.

Rotterdam Partners is the official investment promotion agency and your gateway to Rotterdam. We assist companies looking to expand their international operations and invest abroad. We open the doors to Rotterdam and use our expertise and experience to help you succeed. With our free, confidential and impartial services, we help you to find locations with the best potential for your business and to easily set up and grow your business in Rotterdam.

We know Rotterdam like no other and can connect you to our broad network of service providers, strategic partners, business networks / associations, knowledge institutions and public authorities. Our Rotterdam Expat Centre is a one-stop- shop service to help international businesses and their employees settle in Rotterdam by simplifying the formal registration process with Dutch authorities and assisting with relocation practicalities. We support you at every stage of the business expansion process with investor information, high-quality data, tailored fact-finding trips and personalised support.


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