Wallonia aims for the top

Wallonia targets role as Europe's leading logistics hub

The Belgian region of Wallonia has set itself a target of becoming Europe's most attractive logistics hub by 2020. While this may appear a little ambitious, large companies are increasingly investing in the area, drawn to its pro-business environment, highly skilled workforce and excellent links to the rest of Europe.

Feeding profits

Feeding profits: the economic incentive for solving world hunger

The agri-food business has acquired a mixed reputation over the past few years, with many in emerging markets claiming that the demands placed upon it are unrealistic. However, the issue of feeding the world's growing population is not going to go away, and those well placed to meet these demands will be the ones to profit.

Mixing business with beauty

Tuscany president looks to mix business with beauty

There is more to Tuscany than natural beauty and rich history. That is the message from the Italian region's president, Enrico Rossi, who is determined to prove to would-be investors that behind its breathtaking scenery lies an appetite for business.

An appetite for innovation

Tuscany keeps innovation heritage alive

The Italian region of Tuscany's rich heritage means that its name is still synonymous with great minds such as Galileo Galilei and Leonardo da Vinci. Such a history of innovation is something the region continues to pride itself upon, and this quality is not lost upon the many foreign companies that have set up shop within its boundaries.

Tuscanys collaborative spirit

Tuscany's collaborative spirit

The close relationship between industry and research and education institutions in Tuscany gives the region an edge when it comes to R&D and innovation.

In flux: how investors handle political change

In flux: how investors handle political change

From general elections in Western nations to regime changes caused by the Arab Spring, political uncertainty and changes in government legislation are hurdles faced by all companies looking to invest in foreign countries. However, along with the challenges come opportunities. Polly Botsford looks at how businesses cope with such fluctuations.


How are the UK's LEPs faring? An fDi report

fDi Magazine tasked a team of investment analysts and experts to assess the performance of the UK's local enterprise partnerships since they replaced the regional development agencies. The results were mixed, with a general feeling that the LEPs still have a lot to learn.

Growth in crossborder investments to slow: Unctad

Between 2012 and 2014, the level of crossborder investment will continue to grow but at a slower pace, according to a report by the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development.

Edinburgh to launch a new pro-FDI programme

The city of Edinburgh council has announced plans to launch a new programme aimed at attracting foreign investors to Scotland's capital.

German outward FDI decreasing in 2012

The first five months of 2012 have seen fewer German companies investing abroad, resulting in a significant decline in outward project numbers for the country.

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