Take your brand to the world from Green Amsterdam

Located in the area known as the Gooi & Vechtstreek, Hilversum is the centre of the Netherlands’ media and entertainment industry, providing career opportunities for more than 12,000 media professionals. All the major Dutch broadcasters are here, as are many international production companies. Hilversum’s Media Park is home to numerous young businesses that break down the boundaries between traditional and digital media. Other business centres in the surrounding area include Arenapark, which is home to Nike’s EMEA headquarters, and Werf35, a hub of gaming and creative industries.

A number of major international headquarters and other big companies are also located in and around Hilversum. More than 23,000 professionals in the region work in the creative industry. There are frequent, fast and direct connections to Amsterdam (20 minutes), Amsterdam Airport Schiphol (30 minutes) and Utrecht (15-20 minutes), allowing good opportunities for commuting, meetings with Amsterdam-based partners and clients, and business trips.

USPs for business

  • Centre of the country’s media and entertainment industry
  • Home to major international headquarters
  • Frequent and fast connections to central Amsterdam and Utrecht
  • Green spaces, good housing and several international schools attract international talent

How to get there

The area has excellent public transport links to Amsterdam, Amsterdam Airport Schiphol, Almere and Utrecht, and easy access for vehicles via the A1 and A27 motorways.

Prevalent industries, including sub-sectors

Hilversum is the Netherlands’ media and entertainment centre, being home to many production companies, radio and television studios and multiple broadcasting organisations.

Photo: Naarden is in the Gooi region

Who is here?

Production companies and broadcasters in Hilversum include Talpa Media, MediaMonks, Ericsson subsidiary Red Bee Media, United, VPRO, NOS, VARA and Radio Netherlands. Many of the region’s media companies are located in and around the city centre with most concentrated in the Media Park. The Gooi region is also home to big international companies and major headquarters; examples are Nike, Sonos, Hunkemöller, event producer and broadcaster NEP, International Flavors and Fragrances (IFF), Xebia, Abbott healthcare products in Weesp, Givaudan in Naarden, XEMC Darwind and SLTN.

Good for business

Hilversum’s extensive media ecosystem makes a presence here nearly indispensable for companies in the industry, offering countless opportunities for doing business and networking. With the Amsterdam Internet Exchange (AMS-IX) right on the doorstep, providing one of the largest data-transport hubs in the world, the area has exceptional digital connectivity for bandwidth-hungry businesses. In addition, excellent transport and road connections ensure potential clients and creative partners in central Amsterdam and are never far away. Neither is the rest of the world, with Amsterdam Airport Schiphol a mere 30 minutes away.

Amsterdam Airport Schiphol

Attracting talent

Media professionals working in Hilversum and internationals employed by one of the global headquarters are well catered for. The area known as the Gooi & Vechtstreek is characterised by lush countryside, picturesque and historic villages, untouched natural spaces and beautiful lakes. Positioned southeast of Amsterdam’s city centre, the area is made up of several cities and towns which in addition to Hilversum include Bussum, Naarden, Huizen, Laren, Blaricum, Weesp and Muiden – all offering a popular blend of upmarket luxury, traditional village atmospheres and modern living. Commuters can reach Amsterdam and Utrecht in 20 minutes with a direct train connection. There is also a very good selection of both private and public international schools in the area. In addition, there are various expat groups and clubs for internationals.

IN Amsterdam’s one-stop-shop registration service is available for international newcomers in Hilversum.