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Business in Amsterdam

Business in Amsterdam

By Sean Mahon

There are currently over 2,500 international businesses currently based in Amsterdam, proving that the city remains an important economic source for the country. Amsterdam has a long history of income and trade, and has been the Netherlands main source of capital since the country’s Golden Age in the 17th Century.
Amsterdam is no stranger to big business, and has dedicated offices to the likes of Google, Spotify, Diesel, RBS and Chanel. It is safe to say that the Netherlands capital city is very much a pro- business area, encouraging new start ups, as well as allowing larger businesses to make Amsterdam their home. Encouraged by the low tax rate, a more than accommodating government and excellent quality of life,  foreign investors are now, more than ever, looking at setting up their financial and sales divisions here. In light of this up-and-coming reputation as a destination for business, an increasing number of the city’s hotels and restaurants are catering for business travellers. 
With its two Michelin stars, Ciel Bleu is a magnificent way to spend a night of wining and dining business associates. Located on the 23rd floor of the Hotel Okura, Ciel Bleu gives its clients an astonishing view of the city, while enabling you to taste new and classic dishes in a variety of delicious styles. Executive Chef Onno Kokmeijer offers creative takes on international cuisine, while Head Sommelier Noel Vanwittenbergh is on hand to expound his knowledge of wine so you can pick the finest compliment to your meal. If you have more time to spare, then why not try Beddington’s? Located down a quaint side road, away from the busy city centre, Beddington’s features a sublime mix of Asian and Dutch foods, with a little bit of Derbyshire thrown in for good measure. Attracting business associates and food connoisseurs alike, Beddington’s provides a laid-back atmosphere from a team of professionals who never skimp on quality.
Conferences and meetings can be held in many of the hotels Amsterdam has to offer, but the finest have to be Banks Mansion and the Intercontinental Amstel Hotel. Banks Mansion offers complimentary drinks at the self-service bar, while rooms include plasma TV’s and a selection of free films for the in-room DVD player. Conferences can be organised at ease with the courteous staff who will cover everything from where your conference will be held to what sort of view you desire from your room. For an event of a truly extravagant nature, book yourself in to the extravagant Amstel Intercontinental Hotel. The Amstel has 79 rooms, many of which overlook the river, and has accomodated the Queen, Walt Disney and Audrey Hepburn during its illustrious time. Located just away from the Carré Theatre, the Amstel Hotel is as close to Dutch culture and luxury as you could want, and with a dedicated, flexible and high quality Meetings and Events service (including seven event spaces that can cater for up to 350 people)corporate professionals will find it easy to mix business with pleasure. 

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