Utrecht Region offers a competitive, innovative and stable business climate with excellent academic and research infrastructure. The region’s thriving economy is focused on smart solutions, green policies, innovation and health. Over 1,000 foreign companies have already joined our vibrant business community and forward-thinking research and development activities.
Most innovative and competitive
You’ll find Utrecht Region in the heart of the Netherlands: the sixth largest EU economy, the world’s fifth largest exporter and the fourth best country in the world for doing business in (Forbes, 2018). Utrecht Region is the most innovative region in this thriving, prosperous country (Regional Innovation Scoreboard, European Commission 2019).
Since 2010, Utrecht has consistently been in the top three most competitive regions on the European mainland according to the European Commission’s Regional Competitiveness Index. This index covers 263 regions throughout Europe and comprises 11 pillars focusing on different aspects of competitiveness. Utrecht Region scores particularly well on infrastructure (digital and physical), health, human capital and innovation. The region offers a supportive, collaborative environment where companies, research institutes, government and residents work together to foster a healthy, innovative and sustainable society.
Inventive and creative
Utrecht Region’s rich history, welcoming character and natural beauty have long inspired invention and creativity. World-class architects, including Gerrit Rietveld, and artists, such as Piet Mondrian and Dick Bruna, creator of children’s cartoon character Miffy, were born and raised in the area. The region also boasts an innovative start-up community. Joining its start-up ecosystem has been made easy with the introduction of the Start-up Visa, a special residence permit for international entrepreneurs.
Dynamic research and development environment
The Netherlands is one of the leading destinations for research and development activities due to its renowned research institutes and universities, test facilities and skilled talent. The country has the second highest number of R&D jobs in Europe, surpassed only by Denmark.
At Utrecht Region’s outstanding academic institutions, teaching and research expertise are combined with strong international links. The region also possesses a robust ethos of collaboration with the business community. Education, expertise, medical care and entrepreneurship come together at Utrecht Science Park (USP), where all businesses and institutes are within walking distance of each other. This integrated ecosystem unlocks the full potential of business, industry and academia. It helps create a healthier, safer and more sustainable world for everyone, including future generations.
Incentives sparking smart solutions
Various initiatives have been designed to support companies in their quest for smart solutions. We do everything possible to ensure that Utrecht Region continues to be innovative and competitive. There are also national incentives, including a low corporate tax rate of 20-25%, advanced tax rulings, a wide tax treaty network, dedicated R&D tax stimuli, a 30% personal income advantage for highly skilled migrants and co-financing instruments.
We will be happy to advise you on which incentives are applicable to your business. We can also introduce you to people and networks which can help you take full advantage. Working with you every step of the way, we ensure your investment journey is as successful as possible.