There are many reasons for locating European or Benelux operations in Brabant.
As a province of the Netherlands, Brabant benefits from an international business environment (see below), attractive taxation climate for both personal and corporate income tax, customs and VAT, a stable economic, political and social climate and competitive labour costs.
Strategic Location in Europe
Brabant is a strategic location from which to serve markets within Europe, the Middle East and Africa. This central geographical position combined with good accessibility and an excellent infrastructure are key factors for the numerous European, American and Asian companies that have established operations in Brabant.
International Business Environment
The Netherlands, long Europe's trading crossroads, is an obvious location for pan-European operations, whether it is European headquarters, a Shared Services Centre, Customer Care Centre, distribution and logistics operation, or R&D facility. The country's pro-business environment creates a gateway to Europe that helps international companies succeed throughout the continent. An international outlook and openness to foreign investment are firmly engrained in the Dutch culture, yielding a wealth of world-class business partners who know how to deal with global business challenges in today's economy. Brabant is no exception to that.
Superior Logistics and Technology Infrastructure
The Port of Rotterdam is the world's third largest seaport, while Amsterdam/Schiphol Airport is recognized as one of the major business hubs in Europe, claiming over 100 international awards in the last couple of decades. The Netherlands is also classified as one of the most ‘wired' countries in the world, a dynamic force in electronic commerce, communications and outsourcing. More than a decade of investment in high-speed Internet, cable and digital communication systems, as well as the rapid adoption of state-of-the-art computer and mobile phone technology, have created an ideal base for companies seeking to take advantage of modern technology.
Highly Educated, Multilingual and Flexible Workforce
Brabant features one of the most highly educated, flexible and motivated workforces in the Netherlands and Europe. Dutch professionals are also among the most multilingual in the world, enabling them to operate successfully in any industry serving customers throughout the continent.
Quality of Life
Brabant is proud to offer its residents a high but affordable standard of living. The costs of housing, living, education and cultural activities are lower than in most Western-European countries.