There are numerous reasons to choose Venlo. The most important are:
Venlo has an ideal location! On the banks of the river Meuse, close to the German border, and at a strategic point between Amsterdam Schiphol Airport and the ports of Rotterdam and Antwerp on the one side, and the Central European hinterland on the other.
Venlo has excellent infrastructure, with:
That’s why Venlo is the biggest inland terminal in the Netherlands.
Venlo aims to lay the basis for the economy of tomorrow’s society. That’s why it is one of the first cities to embrace Cradle to Cradle (C2C) thinking and working. Cradle to Cradle approaches sustainability from an economic perspective.
The basic principle of Cradle to Cradle is that there’s no such thing as waste. Waste = food. When a product reached the end of its life, that product itself, or the components from which it is made, serve as raw material of the same or better quality. This is then either returned to nature or used to make the next new product.
There are not many other places on Earth where Cradle to Cradle principles are so strongly embedded and so widely supported as in Venlo. According to William McDonough and Michael Braungart, the founders of Cradle to Cradle, Venlo is unique. There’s nowhere else in the world with such a strong combination of education, industry and government all focused on Cradle to Cradle. And that has led to a lot of interest, both national and international.
The employment market in Venlo is very varied. There are people working in services, manufacturing and high-tech industry, transport and logistics, retail, agrofood, healthcare and many other fields.
The emphasis is on the spearhead areas of logistics, agrofood, and manufacturing and high-tech industries. There is ample availability of well qualified people in Venlo, from vocational and technical college education right up to graduate level. Venlo also offers a wide range of educational facilities, with the focus on meeting the needs of the spearhead sectors. And as well as a wide choice of educational facilities, Venlo has numerous companies and organizations offering HR and recruitment services.
Venlo offers educational facilities right up to university level:
You can see how smart and innovative Venlo is on the Océ R&D campus, where hundreds of researchers and technologists work. Océ’s long-standing research tradition has led to numerous innovations and patents.
Take modern logistics...
This isn’t just about transport and warehousing of goods, but much more about the management of goods flows. You’ll find all the required knowledge, expertise and innovative strength in Venlo.
Here too, Venlo is a leader and innovator. Most people know that in regions with moderate and cold climates, horticulture takes place in greenhouses. But not so many people know that the Venlo greenhouse is the world’s most widely used type of greenhouse.
If you work hard, you also need to relax. Venlo offers plenty of ways to do that: