Wednesday 20 October 2021

Cities, companies warn about the Dutch foreign investment climate

Cities, companies warn about the Dutch foreign investment climate

A total of 120 companies, mayors and other organisations have signed a manifesto drawn up by the Netherlands’ two biggest employers organisations which calls on the government to improve the Netherlands’ foreign investment climate. ‘If we want the Netherlands to remain attractive [as a business location], action is needed on six fronts,’ the document states. Making sure the country is an attractive and comfortable place to live is of major importance, as is ensuring the population is well educated and... More >

More electric cars hit the Dutch roads

Dutch motorists bought 38% more electric and hybrid cars last year, according to new figures from national statistics agency CBS. Most – 63% – were fully electric, which entitled their owners to tax breaks. By the beginning of this year, there were 273,000 electric cars on the Dutch roads but they still account for just 3% of the total Dutch fleet. Almost two thirds of them are company cars but more private owners bought a fully electric car last year,... More >

Amsterdam gets tough on cannabis lollies

Amsterdam is to crack down on the sale of cannabis and magic mushroom-related souvenirs in an effort to ditch the city centre’s druggy image. The sale of weed biscuits, cannabis lollypops and the like in city centre shops both conflicts with local zoning laws which restrict the sale of souvenirs, and promotes drugs use, city officials say. In addition, Ilse Griek, a member of the city centre borough council told the Parool, the products are misleading because they don’t contain... More >

Coronavirus boosts online retail sales

The Netherlands’ biggest online retailers boosted their turnover 45% during the pandemic last year but the top seven in the ranking remain unchanged from 2019. is top of the new edition of the Twinkle100, followed by domestic appliance and electronics seller Coolblue and then supermarket group Albert Heijn. According to the Twinkle100, Albert Heijn’s online sales rose 80% last year to €1.2b. Jumbo, in 7th place, booked 44% more sales while online supermarket Picnic is now 8th in the... More >

Unused coronavirus test centre cost €2m

The government has spent €2m on a massive coronavirus test location in Zwolle which has never been used, local broadcaster RTV Oost said on Wednesday. The so called XL test centre was established in marquees next to the IJsselhallen sports centre in Zwolle at the beginning of June and dismantled at the end of August. It was never open during the period, the broadcaster said. The €2m price tag includes the construction and dismantling, a spokesman told RTV Oost, as... More >

Four in 10 firms had coronavirus support

Four in 10 Dutch companies have received support from the government to deal with the impact of coronavirus over the past 18 months, national statistics agency CBS said on Wednesday. In total, five different support schemes were open to companies between March 2020 and June 2021, and 162,000 companies made use of either the scheme to help pay wages or fixed costs, or both. However, just 6% of companies – or 26,000 in total – were given support throughout the... More >