What We Do

The EBTH combines the strength and knowledge of several powerful enterprising personalities in The Hague to boost the city’s economic competitiveness. It provides solicited and unsolicited economic advice to the municipality, initiates projects that promote employment and the investment climate and reinforces the profile of The Hague as an entrepreneurial city. The EBTH does this with the following goal in mind:

To achieve a strong, innovative economy in The Hague, one in which small and medium-sized enterprises are resilient in the transition to the Next Economy

The EBTH has translated this into the following five objectives which it is working to achieve and continually assesses whether its activities are making a sufficient contribution.

A more robust position for small and medium-sized enterprises in The Hague’s economy
A better match between supply and demand in The Hague’s labour market
A stronger image for The Hague as an innovative and entrepreneurial city
Improved access to local and international markets for The Hague’s businesses
Enhanced co-operation among businesses (with an emphasis on SMEs) and between the private sector, education and the government (triple helix)


Three roles

In working towards its goals, the EBTH assumes various roles. To optimise its performance and add value to The Hague’s economy, it is constantly looking to forge new connections with other parties in the economic, social and urban planning fields. These include the City of The Hague and/or its individual departments, The Hague business associations, Business Investment Zones, knowledge institutes, educational institutions, The Hague & Partners, umbrella organisations, the Economic Board Zuid-Holland, the development agency InnovationQuarter, the province of Zuid-Holland and individual companies.

Economic policy adviser for the City of The Hague.
One of the EBTH’s core tasks is to act as a sounding board and mirror for the City of The Hague’s economic policy. It therefore responds to the municipality’s need for structural input and feedback from businesses and other economic players in the city, which helps to shape policy. This input and feedback is important if the municipality is to address the right themes, opportunities and pressure points in its policy, to keep public investment attuned to changes in the market and to gauge and/or build support for economic plans. The EBTH also serves as a ‘reality check’ for the municipality by examining the relationship between officialdom’s views on the city’s economy and the business community’s views and how this fits in with hard economic data about The Hague.

Initiator and driver of economic projects
The EBTH launches economic projects and accelerates ventures that help to achieve its goals and ambitions. These undertakings can vary widely in nature. The EBTH has a limited operating budget available to finance/co-finance project startup costs.

Ambassador for The Hague as an innovative and entrepreneurial city
The EBTH is a committed ambassador for The Hague as an innovative and entrepreneurial city. This role largely coincides with the EBTH’s communication tasks.