600 extra jobs for Limburg

Retail chain Action is to build a new distribution centre in Echt-Susteren in Limburg. The construction will immediately create 230 jobs. It is anticipated that the number of extra jobs will rise to 600 over the next two years.

Action chose Limburg over possible locations in Belgium and Germany. "That demonstrates that the Netherlands is an attractive country to invest in ", said Minister Henk Kamp of Economic Affairs. "This generates income and jobs for the Netherlands – both much needed in these difficult economic times ".

Various authorities actively lobbied to win the distribution centre for Limburg. The Netherlands Foreign Investment Agency (NFIA) was involved on behalf of the Ministry of Economic Affairs. The NFIA attracts foreign companies to the Netherlands partly by providing information on support available from the Dutch Government for foreign investors.

The Action retail chain, originally a Dutch company, is now British-owned. The first Action shop was opened in Enkhuizen in 1993. The company now has 340 branches in the Netherlands, Belgium, France and Germany. The business is seeing strong growth, particularly in France and Germany, where two new stores are opened every week. All these stores will be stocked from the distribution centre in Limburg.