Rotterdam’s ‘business showcase’ opens 24/7 for business
The entirely renovated Business Center in the World Trade Center Rotterdam is now open and in use. The flexible working space of over 800m² was opened during the enjoyable housewarming party attended by about 200 interested guests. The offices and co-working spaces, which underwent a major renovation, were moved from the fourth floor to the first floor. The new Business Center now overlooks the Coolsingel 24 hours a day. The Business Center has been enlarged significantly and now welcomes more businesses that want to operate in this international working space. WTC Rotterdam already houses about 150 large and medium-sized companies, and the new Business Center can accommodate more than 180 entrepreneurs. The move is part of a major overhaul of the historic building.
Rotterdam’s industriousness is visible 24/7
The flexible working space is moving from the fourth to the first floor. The Business Center will then be accessible immediately to the left of the WTC Rotterdam entrance. Jeroen Redder, Business Center manager says that “The stock exchange building has always been at the heart of hard working Rotterdam and its business network. The renovated work space, improved layout and almost half as much space than when it was on the fourth floor has made the Business Center Rotterdam’s business showcase. I mean this literally as now that it is on the first floor and the offices are open 24/7 for business, Rotterdam’s entrepreneurial spirit is always visible from the outside.”
From a space to work to a home-base
The rapid growth of the Business Center started three years ago. At the time there were about 30 companies in the Business Center. The Business Center now has 183 members. According to Redder, “Be they large Dutch companies or small SMEs that need a roof over their heads, the WTC Business Center is always their home-base. Once you are a member of the World Trade Center, you are part of a family of more than 300 World Trade Centers worldwide. We encourage our members to use this network.”
While the previous premises had no opportunity for expansion, the new location of the Business Center has created much more space for entrepreneurs. Information for entrepreneurs looking for rental space is available on www.wtcrotterdam.nl/huren.
Watch the time-lapse video of the renovations here.
See what the Business Center looks like now here.