The Amsterdam Area’s business climate remains strong

2012 numbers: the growth of companies and jobs is maintained; more bankruptcies

Over the past year, 126 new international companies chose to set up shop in the Amsterdam Metropolitan Area, altogether accounting for the direct creation of 1,344 new jobs. This was announced in the annual results of amsterdam inbusiness (aib), the international marketing and acquisitions organisation of the Amsterdam Metropolitan Area. Most newcomers are active in the ICT sector, creative industry and in business services. Due to the global economic crisis, a number of companies with bases in the region were forced to close.

In recent years, the region annually attracted between 100 to 120 new international companies. The Amsterdam Area is currently home to around 2,000 international companies, accounting for approximately 15% of overall employment.

Alderperson Carolien Gehrels (Economic Affairs): “These jobs and growth are crucial in difficult times. Through the global crisis, the number of bankruptcies has increased, people lose their jobs and competition with other European cities becomes even tougher. That we continue to attract new international businesses and hold onto established companies gives us confidence for the future. Over the coming years we’ll go even further.”

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