Our board members in the spotlight: meet José van Dalen

Since when have you been a member of the Economic Board The Hague and why did you decide to become a member?
I have been a member of the EBTH since April 2020. I was recommended from my network and my motivation comes from my passion for innovation and my desire to have a positive impact on the IT sector in the Haaglanden region. Through my experience as an entrepreneur, with my company QISS IT, I have seen the importance of motivating young talents and creating opportunities, even for those without a traditional IT background. It is my belief that everyone, regardless of their education or background, can make a valuable contribution to the IT sector (or any sector for that matter) if they are given the right guidance and opportunities and thus start seeing for themselves. This drives me to be actively involved in EBTH and contribute to the development of the region.

From what background are you affiliated and what domain do you represent?
From my role as entrepreneur and founder of QISS IT, I am affiliated with the EBTH. My focus is on job creation in the IT sector in the Haaglanden region. At QISS IT, we have created jobs for people without IT training by motivating young talents and showing them that IT can not only be accessible, but also fun. We have developed a unique approach where we train and guide candidates without an IT background to a successful career in IT. This has led not only to more employment opportunities, but also to a more diverse and inclusive workforce in the IT sector. My goal is to spread this approach further and inspire more companies to start similar initiatives. In addition, I am a very practical person; I like to keep things simple, practical and clear, which is sometimes difficult in political The Hague. That’s partly where the name QISS IT comes from: Keep it short & simple.

What would you like to achieve with the board and what are you most proud of?
With the board, I would like to provide more information and support to SMEs, especially on legislation and how to successfully build a business. As an entrepreneur, you are often behind the times when it comes to laws and regulations, and that can be very frustrating. By providing better information and support, we can ensure that entrepreneurs are better informed and can respond faster to changes in legislation. I also want to strengthen the connection between students and SMEs so that we can create a better connection between education and the labour market. I am most proud of the impact we have had with QISS IT on the careers of young professionals and the companies they work for. We showed young professionals that IT is really cool and that with their skills, but without any knowledge in the industry, they can embark on a fantastic career!

What is the biggest opportunity  in The Hague?
The biggest opportunity in The Hague lies in exploiting the synergy between educational institutions and the business community. By working more closely together, we can ensure that students are better prepared for the labour market and vice versa. We forget that we are dealing with a new labour target group and the business community is not prepared for this either! Also, then companies have access to well-trained and motivated young professionals. This can lead to a dynamic and innovative region where talent and businesses flourish. A concrete example is already the Dutch Innovation Park in Zoetermeer, where students, startups and established companies work together on innovative projects. This centre can serve as an incubator for new ideas and a place where knowledge and experience are shared. Through this cooperation, we can strengthen the region’s competitive position and create an attractive business climate for both national and international companies.


This was Den Haag Inspireert! 2024

Entrepreneurial The Hague gathered at the Fokker Terminal on Thursday 13 June for a dose of inspiration during The Hague Inspires! Entrepreneurs and employers took a joint look at the future of the city and joined forces. Networking and inspiration were the focus throughout the afternoon during the event organised by the Economic Board The Hague and the municipality of The Hague.

Inspiration sessions
The afternoon started with in-depth inspiration sessions. These included discussions with the top of The Hague’s business community and various sessions focusing on specific topics, such as circular business operations, labour market shortages, AI & marketing and IT talent.

Plenary programme
After the inspiration session, the plenary programme started, led by host Jörgen Raymann. Five inspiring seven-minute talks were on the programme. The five speakers were all nominated by the aldermen of the municipality of The Hague.

For instance, Dominique Schreinemachers, military pilot and behavioural influence psychologist, spoke about mental strength and working in teams. Urban planner Hilde Blank, spoke about building and spatial development in The Hague. Ron Steenkuijl, board member ADG dienstengroep, then took the audience on building social social bridges. Yvette Watson took over and inspired the audience on sustainable entrepreneurship and the transition to a circular economy. Harry de Bruijn, director of ROC Mondriaan, closed the presentations with his story on the labour market and getting everyone involved.

Haagse Parel
Finally, the ‘Haagse Parels’ 2024 were awarded. Alderman Nur Icar presented the Hague Entrepreneur Award to the winners Tuincentrum Ockenburgh, in the Exceptional Contribution category, and Circular Green in the Impactful Circular Enterprise category.

Den Haag Inspireert is an annual event organised by the Economic Board The Hague and the municipality of The Hague. In cooperation with VNO-NCW region The Hague, Koninklijke Horeca Nederland The Hague, MKB The Hague, Stichting Bedrijventerreinen Haaglanden and Rabobank.

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Come to Den Haag Inspireert!

Come to Den Haag Inspireert!

Are you an entrepreneur or employer? Then come to the inspiration and networking event Den Haag Inspireert! on Thursday 13 June at the Fokker Terminal.

From SMEs to multinationals, everyone is welcome to explore the future together with the city and region. We will challenge you with different themes, encourage collaboration and emphasise expanding your network.

The programme is packed with inspiring seven-minute talks where we share ideas and visions of the future on topical issues. You can also sign up for workshops that can help you move forward with your business. And, of course, the presentation of the ‘Haagse Parel’!

Will you be there? Register, because full = full via https://denhaaginspireert2024.we-invite.eu/ Get inspired and invest in your network!

Den Haag Inspireert is made possible by Economic Board The Hague, Gemeente Den Haag, VNO-NCW regio Den Haag, Koninklijke Horeca Nederland Den Haag, MKB Den Haag, Stichting Bedrijventerreinen Haaglanden and Rabobank.

‘The Hague is missing the train’

Through this letter to the informants Dijkgraaf, Van Zwol, and the negotiators, the major employers from The Hague, united in The Hague Connected, request attention to be given to the international train accessibility of the city. The Hague must be included as a full-fledged destination in the international train services. ‘Missing the train’ will have long-term consequences for The Hague’s attractiveness as a business location.

Save the Date – Den Haag Inspireert!

On Thursday the 13th of June, the municipality of The Hague and the Economic Board The Hague organize Den Haag Inspireert! This inspiration and networking event is tailored for entrepreneurs and employers from our city and the surrounding region.

The program kicks off with thought-provoking inspiration sessions, followed by a plenary program featuring high energy ‘seven-minute talks’ by inspiring speakers, who will share their ideas and future visions on current topics. Additionally, the prestigious “Haagse Parel” award will be handed out during the event.


What: Den Haag Inspireert!
When: Thursday juni 13th 2024
Location: Fokker Terminal, Den Haag
Walk-in inspiration sessions 13:15 – 13:45
Inspiration session 13:45 – 14:30
Walk-in plenary program 14:30 – 15:15
Plenary program 15:15 – 17:00
Networking and drinks 17:00 – 18:30

The afternoon will conclude with an informal networking session and a chance to participate in a networking quiz. This will provide ample opportunity to establish new connections, foster collaboration, and promote entrepreneurial endeavours.

Do you want to be inspired in one afternoon about entrepreneurship and topics relevant to The Hague while connecting with fellow entrepreneurs? Please note the date in your calendar using this link.

More information, along with the registration link, will be provided by the end of April 2024. We look forward to welcoming you on Thursday June 13th at the Fokker Terminal. See you there!

Den Haag Inspireert! is an initiative of the Economic Board The Hague and the municipality of The Hague in collaboration with VNO-NCW regio Den Haag, MKB Den Haag, Koninklijke Horeca Den Haag, Stichting Bedrijven Terreinen Haaglanden and Rabobank.

Meeting on mobility developments in The Hague

In collaboration with the municipality of The Hague, a meeting will be organized on Thursday, February 8, 2024 from 4:00 PM about future work, accessibility and the zero-emission zones in the city.

A lot of work is planned in The Hague and surrounding areas in the coming years. This may cause inconvenience and may affect you, your suppliers, employees and visitors from next year until well beyond 2030. Fortunately, there are mobility solutions, such as the mobility scan, that identify alternatives. The following planned activities are on the agenda:

– Hofzichtlaan (near Mariahoeve)
– Mercuriusweg (Binkhorst area)
– Sijtwende tunnel (near N14)

The municipality of The Hague is organizing this information meeting together with Zuid–Holland Bereikbaar, VNO NCW The Hague region, MKB The Hague, Stichting Bedrijventerreinen Haaglanden and the Economic Board The Hague.

Date: Thursday February 8, 2024
Time: 4:00 PM – 7:00 PM (incl. networking drinks)
Location: The Hague Humanity Hub, Fluwelen Burgwal 58, 2511 CJ The Hague

Sign up here.

For up-to-date information about upcoming work in the region, please visit www.zuidhollandbereikbaar.nl or for information about The Hague visit www.bereikbarestad.denhaag.nl.

About 200,000 more homes will be built in the coming years and many roads, bridges and tunnels are in urgent need of major maintenance. This leads to extra crowds. If we do nothing, we will stand still even more often in South Holland. That is why the Ministry of Infrastructure & Water Management, Rijkswaterstaat, the province of South Holland, the Rotterdam The Hague Metropolitan Region, the municipality of The Hague, the municipality of Rotterdam, ProRail and the Port of Rotterdam are joining forces in the cooperation organization Zuid-Holland Bereikbaar.

Board member Anil Soekhoe is a guest in the latest The Hague Hub Podcast

On December 11, Anil Soekhoe was a guest in the Hague Hub Podcast. In addition to his role as a board member of the Economic Board The Hague, Anil is the owner of Hop and Stork. He started his business nine years ago and now has two branches, one in The Hague and one in Utrecht. “Entrepreneurship is the best thing there is!”

In addition to his own company, Anil is actively committed to other entrepreneurs in the city, he has various positions, including as a board member of Koninklijke Horeca Nederland The Hague, chairman of the Association of De Passage Belangen, board member at Binnenstad in Bedrijf The Hague and therefore as board member of the EBTH.

The podcast is about the trial and error of entrepreneurs, some just a little harder than others. You will also hear where the origin of the name ‘Haagse Hopjes’ lies and how he combines entrepreneurship with various management positions. You can listen and/or watch the podcast via the links below:


The Hague Connected and employers in The Hague once again achieved results with participation in European Mobility Week 2023

Every year, the European Commission organizes European Mobility Week, an awareness campaign about sustainable urban mobility. Just like last year, The Hague Connected participated together with other The Hague companies from September 16 to 22, 2023. This year the theme was ‘travel green, sustainable and healthy’.

NN, Shell, Siemens (all united in The Hague Connected), together with the municipality of The Hague, the Province of South Holland, MKB The Hague, VNO-NCW The Hague region, Rabobank, Green Business Club Beatrixkwartier and The Hague & Partners put in effort for sustainable travel behavior in the The Hague region.


During Mobility Week, employees were encouraged to cycle, use public transport, avoid rush hour or work from home. The participating companies received a digital toolbox via the Economic Board The Hague and Zuid Holland Bereikbaar containing useful tips with sustainable mobility options. The entire week was all about making a joint impact on and increasing sustainable mobility. “It is great to contribute to this initiative together with other major employers in The Hague. In view of the mobility transition, it is good that this campaign returns annually and The Hague remains committed to this,” says Marco Esser, Director of The Hague & Partners.


Measurements were taken by Rijkswaterstaat and all data was examined prior to, during and one month after the action week. During the European Mobility Week, 3.5% fewer cars were measured on the road in the The Hague region and 30,000 km fewer were traveled on the A4, A12 and N14. This takes into account the nuisance on access roads and the additional diversions to and from The Hague. The results were received enthusiastically from Zuid Holland Bereikbaar: “The reduction in the number of car kilometers this week has a second benefit and that is a CO2 reduction of almost 6 tons. Great to see that the joint effort has led to measurable results.”


The mobility week contributes to awareness and helps employers to think about the (legal) changes that will take place in the coming years, such as the reporting obligation for work-related personal mobility and the Zero-Emission city zones.

For more information about The Hague Connected and the results of the Mobility Week 2023, please contact: guy@economicboardthehague.org or Zuid Holland Bereikbaar via theonoordman@zuidhollandbereikbaar.nl.


Interview Harry Wientjens: ”We need continuity and stability.”

Today the new coalition agreement will be presented by the municipality of The Hague. “The Hague city council must act much more from the city’s interests and less from party interests.” That is the message from Harry Wientjens chairman of the Economic Board The Hague to the new coalition, the council and the entire Hague city council.

”The economy is important for employment and provides money to invest in the city. That is why it is important that you look at the economy much more broadly, with the aim of getting as many people as possible into meaningful work.” Read this and more in the AD interview.

National Program The Hague Southwest presents implementation plan

Yesterday, the National Program The Hague Southwest (NPZW) presented the implementation plan 2023-2026. The implementation plan contains concrete actions and measures that will be implemented in The Hague South West over the next 4 years.

The NPZW was created by the Southwest Alliance. This alliance consists of 6 mutually collaborating alliance tables that correspond to the 6 main ambitions: Education, Work and economy, Housing and living environment, Safety, Health and vitality, and Social cohesion and participation. The ‘Work and Economy’ alliance is led by Harry Wientjens, chairman of the Economic Board The Hague.

Second regional deal

The alliance council also signed a declaration of support for the Second Regional Deal. In this letter, the Alliance Council stated that it will continue to make efforts in the coming years to achieve the goals of the Second Southwest Regional Deal. The Second Regional Deal – under the flag of the NPZW – builds on the great results of the First Regional Deal. For example, the number of meeting places will be expanded and they will receive professional support.

Via this link for more information about the meeting and the implementation plan.