Grow your business at the centre of the Amsterdam Area

Amsterdam’s city centre is always just a hop, skip and a jump away thanks to great public transport connections. But at the same time, more space is available when you’re a little bit further away from the heart of Amsterdam, and rates for office space are lower than if you were located along the historic canals. Amstelveen, in particular, is home to a thriving international community, thanks to its family-friendly housing, high standard of international education and abundance of international clubs, organisations and cultural events. The Japanese and Indian communities have traditionally made their home here, and there are many Americans and Brits too. Diemen, on the other hand, has a lively student population thanks to Inholland University of Applied Sciences and student accommodation complex Campus Diemen Zuid. Amstelveen has much going on culturally and plenty of shops and entertainment, whereas Ouder-Amstel offers a rural idyll with a picturesque landscape, a winding river and even a windmill or two.

USPs for business

  • Access Amsterdam’s city centre quickly and easily by bike or public transport
  • Home to an active international community
  • Close to Amsterdam Airport Schiphol and the Zuidas business district in Amsterdam
  • Culture, shopping and entertainment in Amsterdam, Amstelveen and Diemen, plus beautifully rural surroundings in Ouder-Amstel

Amstel Amsterdam aerial view at sunset Hanna Hachula

How to get there

Amsterdam has exceptional transport links by road, rail and air. Amstelveen and Diemen a short bike journey or trip on public transport away from Amsterdam’s city centre, with all its business opportunities, meeting venues and cultural amenities. Duivendrecht in Ouder-Amstel is similarly convenient to access. Amstelveen is also nearby Amsterdam Airport Schiphol: a 15-minute car journey or 20 minutes on the bus is all it takes. The Zuidas business district is right next door to Amstelveen and parts of Ouder-Amstel, whereas Diemen has quick connections to Amsterdam Central Station and the hip eastern parts of the city, plus four trains per hour to Schiphol.

Who is here?

Multinationals and headquarters in Amstelveen include KLM, HP, LG Electronics, Canon, Casio, Nestlé and Atos. Diemen is one of the most affordable business locations in the Amsterdam Metropolitan Area and particularly attracts companies in logistics and trade; important occupants include the headquarters of Randstad, Manpower, Nielsen and Tele2. Ouder-Amstel is home to the Amstel Business Park with media and companies in the creative industries, including Lexus, BMW, G-Star, Endemol Shine Group and G+J Media, as well as hospitality and tourism businesses around quaint Ouderkerk aan de Amstel.

Ouderkerk aan de Amstel

Photo: Ouderkerk aan de Amstel

Prevalent industries, including sub-sectors

Almost every industry is represented at the centre of the Amsterdam Area. Just some of the examples that flourish most include financial services (particularly in the Zuidas business district around the boundary of Amsterdam and Amstelveen), IT/tech, the creative sector and life sciences

Good for business

Amsterdam has a thriving business and startup community, renowned around the world. But Amstelveen is also one of the Amsterdam Area’s most prestigious office and business locations, thanks to its proximity to Amsterdam’s city centre, Schiphol and the Zuidas and its popularity among internationals as a home. Diemen and Ouder-Amstel benefit from similarly convenient locations – for example, Bergwijkpark Zuid in Diemen and Amstel Business Park house a number of headquarters.

Amstelveen shopping Rahi Rezvani AAP Agency

Photo: Amstelveen centre

Attracting talent

With more space and lower prices per square metre, the Amstelveen, Ouder-Amstel and Diemen area is an excellent choice as a business location. Small, safe neighbourhoods and the proximity of international schools make it a popular area for families and thus attract talent: The International School of Amsterdam (ages 2 to 18) is an IB World school offering the full IB programme, while Florencius International School also offers the IP curriculum and Amity International School Amsterdam is a non-profit school and offers the Primary Years Programme (PYP) with the intention of eventually offering MYP and IB programmes. All three are located in Amstelveen. What’s more, an increasing number of students call Amstelveen home thanks to the cutting-edge facilities of Campus Uilenstede, the largest student campus in Northern Europe. It’s also worth noting that Diemen neighbours Amsterdam Science Park, making it an ideal base for both families and students active in the life sciences and other applied sciences.

IN Amsterdam’s one-stop-shop registration is available for international newcomers in the cities of Amsterdam, Amstelveen and Diemen.