Where to start

The Hague Business Agency (THBA) offers free services to foreign companies and NGO’s (non-governmental organizations) that want to establish, relocate or expand their business operations to The Hague. It’s the one-stop shop for international companies that what to establish in The Hague.

Fact-finding trips

Our businesses and organisations that are planning to move to WestHolland, we organise special so called Fact-Finding-Trips (FFT). This trip is always tailor made, to meet your personal requirements.

In just a few days we can show you:

  • Client potential and market opportunities
  • Acces to qualified staff
  • Possibilities for recruitment
  • Rules, laws and regulations
  • Housing facilities and real estate prices

At the end of the trip you will have a 360 degrees view of what to expect if you finally decide to move to The Hague.

Market intelligence

Deciding whether or not to move abroad, market intelligence is crucial. We can provide you with detailed information in this matter:

  • In depth assessment of the market potential for your business/product. Holland has a wide range of consultants that scan the different markets 24/7. We let you benefit from that;
  • Access to investors, financial support by the national government or private equity;
  • Insight in current trends.

Partner & Business search

We can introduce you to:

  • Relevant business partners
  •  (Local) governments
  • Investors
  • Relevant start-ups
  • Universities and science centers
  • Telecom – and ICT partners

Dutch organisations are increasingly open to cross-over relations with partners that help them move on to new markets. In the horticultural cluster for example, we see ‘marriages’ between traditional labs and sensor manufacturers. We see new online marketers that challenge the traditional retailers. We see growers of tomatoes and peppers who now sell energy to a public grid, after teaming up with specialists in climate control. The Hague is eagerly waiting for your contribution to mutual progress and innovation.

Site selection advice

Many working people spend the majority of their day at the office. So your office in The Hague really should feel like home. We help you with finding that ideal office through site viewing at a Fact-Finding-Trip. We get you acquainted with the various possibilities to rent office space:

  • In business centers
  • In private offices
  • Through real estate agents specialized in office locations
  • By using Flexible offices

The Hague has relatively low prices for business real estate, compared to other European cities. This could be considered as your first profit, even before you started doing business.

Permits & registration

Every non-EU citizen who want to works in the Netherlands has to obtain a valid work permit. There is no general permit for The Netherlands. To check which permits you and your company needs it is easiest to make an appointment. This way we can give you the best advice, help with the forms and put you in contact with the right authorities.

Finding talent

The city of The Hague and its surroundings hosts two major universities with a strong focus on research including The Leiden University Medical Center, where science meets healthcare, and the Delft University of Technology where educations meets technology and engineering. In addition, three universities of professional education provide the region with about 70.000 students, and an average of 10,000 academic graduates per year. We have direct links to these science and research centres and we can introduce you to recruiters and HR-consultants.

Investor Relations

We aim at making it easier for you to grow your business and thrive in The Netherlands. With this programme we advise and support companies and businesses that are already working in WestHolland. We find it very important to keep in touch. We can help you to:

  • Find the right talent
  • Get in touch with relevant parties
  • Be introduced to networks
  • Get access to public-private partnerships
  • Get access to government funding (‘subsidie’)
  • Reach out for governmental decision makers
  • Promote your company’s presence through benchmarking

Contact The Hague Business Agency

Are you considering setting up your business in The Hague? Don’t hesitate to contact one of our team members if you have a specific question related to your industry or country.

Please contact

Renée Hammersley
Marketing & Communications Advisor

You can reach me on: 

E: r.hammersley@thehague.com
M: +31 6 24 75 66 56
T: +31 70 311 55 550 

Or visit our website


Home Country Support

Companies wishing to enter a foreign market can actively seek out support by the embassy or consulate of their home country in another city. Staff members are ready to help you begin.

Another source of support and information is the bilateral chamber of commerce of your home country. The chamber may assist your company in several ways, including consulting services regarding market research, trade-show assistance, background verification, preparation of market entry plans and business referral services.

Find your Embassy / Consulate or Chamber of commerce for this city.