In 2018, 115 foreign companies opened an office or expanded their business in West Holland with the assistance of regional acquisition partners. These firms are expected to provide in excess of 2,600 jobs and to invest a total of 278 million euros in the region. Since 2014, The Hague Business Agency, Rotterdam Partners and InnovationQuarter have been actively collaborating to place the region in the global spotlight and to attract and support foreign companies. This has paid off: 26% of international companies that set up business in the Netherlands last year chose West Holland.
The 55 newly elected Provincial Executives of the Zuid-Holland Provincial Council were inaugurated on 28 March 2019. Forum voor Democratie (‘Forum for Democracy’, FvD) and DENK ('THINK') are new to the Provincial Council.
Truck drivers are to obtain more space to park their trucks in secure parkings in the Netherlands. Led by the province of Zuid-Holland, the collaboration with the provinces of Noord-Brabant, Limburg, Gelderland and with the Ministry of Infrastructure and Water Management succeeded in obtaining over €3.5 million in European funding to that end.
35 horticultural organisations and authorities have signed the Tuinbouwakkoord, in which they agree to work towards a circular, sustainable horticulture and will further strengthen the industry's international competitive position. Besides Minister Schouten (Agriculture, Nature and Food Quality), Regional Minister Adri Bom-Lemstra on behalf of the Province of Zuid-Holland signed the agreement.