When 3M was looking for a location for its new headquarters in the Netherlands, the city of Delft's reputation as a hub for innovation, technology and R&D made the decision a simple one.
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The Dutch minister for foreign trade and development co-operation, Lilianne Ploumen, talks about competition, complacency and why partnering with developing countries is a win-win situation.
Mipim, an international real estate show hosted every year in Cannes, France, brings together thousands of developers and architects, as well as city and country officials eager to court potential investors. At this year's event, Michal Kaczmarski asked representatives from Brabant, Eindhoven, Frankfurt, Liverpool, Montenegro and the Chechen Republic what sets their locations apart from other destinations.
The Dutch region of Brabant has been punching above its weight in recent years when it comes to attracting investment, particularly in innovative or knowledge-based industries. Michal Kaczmarski takes a look at the secrets behind the province's success.
Sister city partnerships are not in themselves conduits to economic flows. For both cities to benefit from a partnership, the coupling must be chosen carefully, with relevant connections between the two locations that can translate into real business opportunities.
Delegates at the Remaking Cities Congress in Pittsburgh discussed issues such as 'soft factors' that can transform urban areas, and ideas that cities can 'steal' from one another.
Logistics and transport company Pilot Freight Services used the global recession to its advantage, expanding aggressively and taking on more staff, all with a view to providing a better service to its clients. The results so far suggest that this bravery has paid off.
The Netherlands is altering its business landscape by bringing in a series of laws intended to make it even easier for foreign companies to invest in the country.
With 34 projects recorded in 2011, Benelux's financial services sector is staging a recovery.
By encouraging an interdisciplinary approach to production and a co-operative approach to research and development, Eindhoven in the Netherlands has transformed itself from a city reliant on the economic output of two companies to the home of a campus designed to inspire collaboration and innovation between the hundreds of companies based there.
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