Entrepreneurial Borne has a lot to offer for starters and entrepreneurs. Firstly, it has a favourable location in the middle of Twente, and it is easily accessible via excellent connections in all directions. One of these connections is the A1 motorway, a major road between Berlin and Amsterdam that directly connects to the west of the Netherlands, Twente, Germany, Eastern Europe and Scandinavia.
Secondly, entrepreneurial Borne offers excellent business opportunities. The newest business park, developed in collaboration with entrepreneurial Hengelo, is Westermaat De Veldkamp. It is located next to the A1 motorway and provides attractive, high-quality locations. The BBO business club represents entrepreneurs in entrepreneurial Borne. They actively work together with the municipality to make the economic climate more sustainable and more robust. A scan has been developed for entrepreneurs with sustainability ambitions, which can identify how they can save energy as a company.
An up-to-date view of Borne with background information on business activity and sustainability can be found on the dashboard of the Association of Netherlands Municipalities (Vereniging van Nederlandse Gemeenten, VNG):
The municipality of Borne is not big, but it is very lively. Many galleries and events, including the Africa Festival in the open-air theatre in Hertme, attract thousands of visitors every year. All activities here, like in other Twente municipalities, used to be centred around the textile industry. However, only a statue and a few stately villas remind us of that time now.
Attractive for working and living
Borne’s central location makes it an attractive place for working and living for everyone in and outside Twente. Reality proves this. The municipality of Borne capitalises on this with the development of Bornsche Maten, a ‘green’ residential area that will accommodate 2,700 homes. One of the guidelines for this residential area is reducing CO2 emissions by at least 10 per cent by regulating car traffic, using sustainable building materials and having a sophisticated ecosystem.
Bursting with energy
The local population also develops various sustainable initiatives, such as the Borne Energy foundation. Borne is working on a completely energy-neutral complex for sports with a swimming pool, sports hall, a football court and a multifunctional park. This is remarkable for a community of this size. It is perhaps not so surprising, however. Borne was the first Dutch rural community to have its own power station and electric street lighting in 1895. Municipal and entrepreneurial Borne has always been bursting with energy.
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