10 goodreasons to investin Flanders<br />
Allow us to give you 10 different reasons why Flanders is Europe’s ultimate location for your business activities. <br />	...
Central location at the heart of Europe<br />Outstanding transport infrastructure<br />Globally recognized human capital<b...
Central location at the heart of Europe<br />10 good reasons to invest in Flanders – An introduction to Europe’s ultimate ...
Reason 1:  Centrally located at the heart of Europe<br />Two crucial factors for your company when making an investment de...
Reason 1:  Centrally located at the heart of Europe<br />Flanders is…:<br />at the heart of Europeanpurchasing power<br />...
Outstandingtransport infrastructure<br />10 good reasons to invest in Flanders – An introduction to Europe’s ultimate busi...
Reason 2:  Outstanding transport infrastructure<br />Flanders has…:<br />the most modern maritime & inlandports<br />highl...
Reason 2:  Outstanding transport infrastructure<br />10 good reasons to invest in Flanders – An introduction to Europe’s u...
Globallyrecognizedhumancapital<br />10 good reasons to invest in Flanders – An introduction to Europe’s ultimate business ...
Reason 3:  Globallyrecognizedhumancapital<br />Flanders enjoys…:<br />a highlyproductive, flexible, eager-to-learn and mul...
Reason 3:  Globallyrecognizedhumancapital<br />PISA  assessment score 2008<br />10 good reasons to invest in Flanders – An...
Reason 3:  Globallyrecognizedhumancapital<br />PISA assessment score 2008<br />The Conference Board 2009<br />10 good reas...
Diverse offering of tax benefits and fiscal incentives<br />10 good reasons to invest in Flanders – An introduction to Eur...
Reason 4:  Taxbenefits and fiscalincentives<br />Flanders offers…:<br />anidealfiscalclimate<br />a wide range of taxbenef...
Reason 4:  Taxbenefits and fiscalincentives<br />Seveninterestingtaxmeasures and benefits:<br />Notional interest deductio...
Sustainablegrowthfor major industries<br />10 good reasons to invest in Flanders – An introduction to Europe’s ultimate bu...
Reason 5:  Sustainable growth<br />Flanders…<br /> is a big player in a number of major industries<br />houses numerous wo...
Reason 5:  Sustainable growth<br />Flanders’ sevenprincipal industries:<br />10 good reasons to invest in Flanders – An in...
State-of-the-artresearch centers<br />10 good reasons to invest in Flanders – An introduction to Europe’s ultimate busines...
Reason 6:  State-of-the-art research centers<br />Flanders has…<br />animpressive track recordwhenit comes to discovery re...
Reason 6:  State-of-the-art research centers<br />Flanders’ 4 Strategic Research Centers:<br />IMEC<br />VIB<br />IBBT<br ...
High density of knowledge clusters<br />10 good reasons to invest in Flanders – An introduction to Europe’s ultimate busin...
Reason 7:  High density of knowledge clusters<br />Flanders is a hotbed for the development of variousknowledge clusters. ...
Reason 7:  High density of knowledge clusters<br />Some examples:<br />Flanders’ DRIVE<br />Flanders’ Mechatronics Technol...
Excellent results in international surveys<br />10 good reasons to invest in Flanders – An introduction to Europe’s ultima...
Reason 8:  Excellent results in international surveys<br />Flanders is…<br />the ultimatelocation in Europeforyour busines...
Reason 8:  Excellent results in international surveys<br />fDi:<br />	“Flanders has the best strategyforattractinginvestor...
Reason 8:  Excellent results in international surveys<br />King Sturge:<br />	“Flanders has among the lowestrentsfor prime...
Reason 8:  Excellent results in international surveys<br />Belgium-JapanAssociation:<br />“Belgium is a leading destinatio...
High quality of lifeforexpat employees<br />10 good reasons to invest in Flanders – An introduction to Europe’s ultimate b...
Reason 9: High quality of life<br />In Flanders…<br />expatriate employees enjoya high standard of living<br />the social ...
Professional support in setting up youroperations<br />10 good reasons to invest in Flanders – An introduction to Europe’s...
Reason 10:  Professional support in setting up<br />Flanders Investment & Trade provides expert advice and guidance to for...
Reason 10:  Professional support in setting up<br />Flanders Investment & Trade has more than 90 regional offices worldwid...
Reason 10:  Professional support in setting up<br />We are committed to providing better answers...<br />Whether your comp...
Reason 10:  Professional support in setting up<br />Flanders Investment & Trade provides potential direct investors with i...
Visit our website for more informationwww.flandersinvestmentandtrade.com<br />10 good reasons to invest in Flanders – An i...
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Flanders can boast more than delicious pralines and the finest of beers. Its excellent infrastructure, highly skilled people and inspirational atmosphere result in the highest quality of products and services of any sort. Thanks to the many advantages the region has to offer, Flanders hosts a number of key players in niche industries, such as fashion, cars, textiles, chemicals and ICT that have made it to the top of their markets.

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10 Good Reasons to Invest in Flanders, Belgium

  1. 1. 10 goodreasons to investin Flanders<br />
  2. 2. Allow us to give you 10 different reasons why Flanders is Europe’s ultimate location for your business activities. <br /> 10crucial arguments which are the baseof all sound investment decisions. You will be surprised to see the wide range of advantages our region has to offer you…<br />10 good reasons to invest in Flanders – An introduction to Europe’s ultimate business location<br />
  3. 3. Central location at the heart of Europe<br />Outstanding transport infrastructure<br />Globally recognized human capital<br />Divers offering of tax benefits and fiscal incentives<br />Sustainable growth for major industries<br />State-of-the-art research centers<br />High density of knowledge clusters<br />Excellent results in international surveys<br />High quality of life for expat employees<br />Professional support in setting up your operations<br />10 good reasons to invest in Flanders – An introduction to Europe’s ultimate business location<br />
  4. 4. Central location at the heart of Europe<br />10 good reasons to invest in Flanders – An introduction to Europe’s ultimate business location<br />
  5. 5. Reason 1: Centrally located at the heart of Europe<br />Two crucial factors for your company when making an investment decision in Europe:<br />Flanders is a prime business region, strategically located in the center of the most prosperous part of Europe. <br />The capital Brusselsis home to the European decision-making centers. <br />10 good reasons to invest in Flanders – An introduction to Europe’s ultimate business location<br />
  6. 6. Reason 1: Centrally located at the heart of Europe<br />Flanders is…:<br />at the heart of Europeanpurchasing power<br />home to the NATO and EU HQ and others<br />home to the EDC’s of 3M, Exxon, Bridgestone, Daikin, JVC Logistics, Sony Service Center and many more…<br />10 good reasons to invest in Flanders – An introduction to Europe’s ultimate business location<br />
  7. 7. Outstandingtransport infrastructure<br />10 good reasons to invest in Flanders – An introduction to Europe’s ultimate business location<br />
  8. 8. Reason 2: Outstanding transport infrastructure<br />Flanders has…:<br />the most modern maritime & inlandports<br />highlyefficientairportsfor the global transport of bothgoods and passengers<br />excellent road, railroad and inlandwaterwayconnections<br />the highestdensity of EDCs in Europe…<br />It is, in short, a paradiseforanylogisticsoperation.<br />10 good reasons to invest in Flanders – An introduction to Europe’s ultimate business location<br />
  9. 9. Reason 2: Outstanding transport infrastructure<br />10 good reasons to invest in Flanders – An introduction to Europe’s ultimate business location<br />
  10. 10. Globallyrecognizedhumancapital<br />10 good reasons to invest in Flanders – An introduction to Europe’s ultimate business location<br />
  11. 11. Reason 3: Globallyrecognizedhumancapital<br />Flanders enjoys…:<br />a highlyproductive, flexible, eager-to-learn and multilingualworkforce<br />a superbeducation system.<br />The human factor can be decisive in yourinvestmentdecision.<br />10 good reasons to invest in Flanders – An introduction to Europe’s ultimate business location<br />
  12. 12. Reason 3: Globallyrecognizedhumancapital<br />PISA assessment score 2008<br />10 good reasons to invest in Flanders – An introduction to Europe’s ultimate business location<br />
  13. 13. Reason 3: Globallyrecognizedhumancapital<br />PISA assessment score 2008<br />The Conference Board 2009<br />10 good reasons to invest in Flanders – An introduction to Europe’s ultimate business location<br />
  14. 14. Diverse offering of tax benefits and fiscal incentives<br />10 good reasons to invest in Flanders – An introduction to Europe’s ultimate business location<br />
  15. 15. Reason 4: Taxbenefits and fiscalincentives<br />Flanders offers…:<br />anidealfiscalclimate<br />a wide range of taxbenefits and financialgrants<br />Just take a look at the followinginterestingmeasures…<br />10 good reasons to invest in Flanders – An introduction to Europe’s ultimate business location<br />
  16. 16. Reason 4: Taxbenefits and fiscalincentives<br />Seveninterestingtaxmeasures and benefits:<br />Notional interest deduction<br />Tax rulings<br />Patent deduction<br />Domestic dividend withholdingtaxexemption<br />VAT grouping<br />Ecological support<br />Organizationforfinancing pensions<br />10 good reasons to invest in Flanders – An introduction to Europe’s ultimate business location<br />
  17. 17. Sustainablegrowthfor major industries<br />10 good reasons to invest in Flanders – An introduction to Europe’s ultimate business location<br />
  18. 18. Reason 5: Sustainable growth<br />Flanders…<br /> is a big player in a number of major industries<br />houses numerous world-leading multinationals and SME’s<br />has achieved a sustainable growth in these industries <br />has acquired an excellent worldwide reputation<br />10 good reasons to invest in Flanders – An introduction to Europe’s ultimate business location<br />Port of Zeebrugge<br />
  19. 19. Reason 5: Sustainable growth<br />Flanders’ sevenprincipal industries:<br />10 good reasons to invest in Flanders – An introduction to Europe’s ultimate business location<br />
  20. 20. State-of-the-artresearch centers<br />10 good reasons to invest in Flanders – An introduction to Europe’s ultimate business location<br />
  21. 21. Reason 6: State-of-the-art research centers<br />Flanders has…<br />animpressive track recordwhenit comes to discovery research and innovation<br />fourStrategic Research Centers thatcollaboratewith the academic and business worlds<br />frequently been the birthplace of cutting-edgetechnologies<br />10 good reasons to invest in Flanders – An introduction to Europe’s ultimate business location<br />
  22. 22. Reason 6: State-of-the-art research centers<br />Flanders’ 4 Strategic Research Centers:<br />IMEC<br />VIB<br />IBBT<br />VITO<br />10 good reasons to invest in Flanders – An introduction to Europe’s ultimate business location<br />Flanders InstituteforBiotechnology, Ghent<br />
  23. 23. High density of knowledge clusters<br />10 good reasons to invest in Flanders – An introduction to Europe’s ultimate business location<br />
  24. 24. Reason 7: High density of knowledge clusters<br />Flanders is a hotbed for the development of variousknowledge clusters. <br />These clusters cangiveyou a crucialhead-startin the different industries.<br />10 good reasons to invest in Flanders – An introduction to Europe’s ultimate business location<br />Boekentoren (Tower of Books) , Ghent<br />
  25. 25. Reason 7: High density of knowledge clusters<br />Some examples:<br />Flanders’ DRIVE<br />Flanders’ Mechatronics Technology Center<br />Telematics cluster<br />The Flemish Innovation Center for Graphic Communication<br />Flanders’ Food<br />Flanders Institute for Logistics<br />Digital Signal Processing Valley<br />Flanders Multimedia Valley<br />…<br />10 good reasons to invest in Flanders – An introduction to Europe’s ultimate business location<br />
  26. 26. Excellent results in international surveys<br />10 good reasons to invest in Flanders – An introduction to Europe’s ultimate business location<br />
  27. 27. Reason 8: Excellent results in international surveys<br />Flanders is…<br />the ultimatelocation in Europeforyour business activities<br />a regionwith a richvariety in opportunitiesforcompanieslookingforsustainablegrowth<br />the right spot!<br />We don’tjustsaysoourselves…<br />10 good reasons to invest in Flanders – An introduction to Europe’s ultimate business location<br />
  28. 28. Reason 8: Excellent results in international surveys<br />fDi:<br /> “Flanders has the best strategyforattractinginvestors” EuropeanRegions and Cities of the future 2010 - 2011<br />Cushman & Wakefield:<br /> “Belgium is the N°1 logistics country in Europe” European Distribution Report 2008<br /> “Brussels is a cheap and attractiveEuropean business city” The EuropeanCities Monitor 2008<br />10 good reasons to invest in Flanders – An introduction to Europe’s ultimate business location<br />
  29. 29. Reason 8: Excellent results in international surveys<br />King Sturge:<br /> “Flanders has among the lowestrentsfor prime logisticsspace” Europeanindustrialpropertymarkets 2009<br />Ernst & Young:<br /> “Flanders is an excellent locationforheadquarters and logisticsoperations” European Investment Monitor 2009<br />10 good reasons to invest in Flanders – An introduction to Europe’s ultimate business location<br />
  30. 30. Reason 8: Excellent results in international surveys<br />Belgium-JapanAssociation:<br />“Belgium is a leading destination in Europe for inward investment. If you decide to set up a headquarters, a distribution hub or a research and development centre in Europe, Belgium may be one of the best possible locations on your short list.” Belgium and itsneighbours’ business climatecompared 2010<br />10 good reasons to invest in Flanders – An introduction to Europe’s ultimate business location<br />Port of Zeebrugge<br />
  31. 31. High quality of lifeforexpat employees<br />10 good reasons to invest in Flanders – An introduction to Europe’s ultimate business location<br />
  32. 32. Reason 9: High quality of life<br />In Flanders…<br />expatriate employees enjoya high standard of living<br />the social fiber is strong and people are open minded<br />people live life to the fullest<br />the excellent medicalhealth care and education system ensure a worry-freestayforyourexpatriate employees and their families<br />10 good reasons to invest in Flanders – An introduction to Europe’s ultimate business location<br />Beach of Zeebrugge<br />
  33. 33. Professional support in setting up youroperations<br />10 good reasons to invest in Flanders – An introduction to Europe’s ultimate business location<br />
  34. 34. Reason 10: Professional support in setting up<br />Flanders Investment & Trade provides expert advice and guidance to foreigncompanieswanting to start orexpandoperations in Flanders. <br />Thanks to ourexperienced, multilingualstaff we are ableto assistyouwithyourintegrationintoone of Europe’s most prosperouseconomies, bothefficiently and effectively. <br />…free of charge<br />10 good reasons to invest in Flanders – An introduction to Europe’s ultimate business location<br />
  35. 35. Reason 10: Professional support in setting up<br />Flanders Investment & Trade has more than 90 regional offices worldwide to assistyou, whereveryou are.<br />10 good reasons to invest in Flanders – An introduction to Europe’s ultimate business location<br />
  36. 36. Reason 10: Professional support in setting up<br />We are committed to providing better answers...<br />Whether your company is considering its first steps into Europe, an expansion or a joint venture in Flanders, we can provide valuable assistance.<br />10 good reasons to invest in Flanders – An introduction to Europe’s ultimate business location<br />
  37. 37. Reason 10: Professional support in setting up<br />Flanders Investment & Trade provides potential direct investors with information on:<br />Site selection<br />Overview of all benefits, grants and incentives<br />Introduction to decision-makers<br />Legal aspects of setting up locally<br />Identify business opportunities<br />Integration into local community life <br />10 good reasons to invest in Flanders – An introduction to Europe’s ultimate business location<br />
  38. 38. Visit our website for more informationwww.flandersinvestmentandtrade.com<br />10 good reasons to invest in Flanders – An introduction to Europe’s ultimate business location<br />

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