Doing Business in the North

Groningen, Friesland, and Drenthe provide the ideal economic climate to grow your business, both in the Dutch market and abroad. Working with international talent is a great way to bring your company to the next level, and IWCN is here to help make the process of hiring and onboarding employees from abroad as smooth as possible.

Curious to learn more about the benefits of working with international talent for companies in the north?

The Groningen Agreement (Akkoord van Groningen) charts a four-year course where its partners collaboratively articulate a shared vision and objectives. The aim is to develop Groningen as a centre in the energy, health, and digitalisation sectors.

The Research and Documentation Centre (WODC) within the Ministry of Security and Justice commissioned the Regioplan to study why highly skilled migrants find the Netherlands appealing. It gives an insight into how migration policies can be improved and how various stakeholders can offer better services to migrants.

In this 2017 report, Nuffic (the Dutch organisation for internationalisation in education) provided a regional analysis of international students in the Netherlands. It states that access to international talent is becoming increasingly important in sustaining modern knowledge-based economies.

The number of internationals in the Netherlands is on the rise and they also play a role in contributing to the Dutch economy. This 2017 Decisio report gives on overview of their economic impact.

The City Deal partners commissioned a customer journey analysis to gain a personal perspective on how foreign entrepreneurs in the Netherlands view the experience and process of establishing their business here.


Jobs for Spouses

Companies are increasingly aware that talented international employees often have equally talented spouses.

Leading Business Sectors

The North of the Netherlands leads in the agrifood, biobased economy, chemical, data, life sciences, sustainable energy and water technology sectors.

Moving a Business

Do you have a business in your home country and thinking to move to the Northern Netherlands? Read this page to find out how.

Starting a Business

Thinking of starting a business in the Northern Netherlands? Look no further, here are everything you need to know to get started.