Wallonia – Europe’s leading logistics hub
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The business parks
Wallonia, in cooperation with the eight intercommunal economic development agencies, manages more than 230 business parks with a total surface area of around 12,100 hectares with links to Europe’s major communication and transport networks. These business parks are characterised by the abundant availability of land at reasonable prices.
Plot and rent prices – an overview of the logistical real estate market
Wallonia is Europe’s leading logistics hub (conclusion of a study conducted in 2010 by Cushman & Wakefield).
This choice position can be mainly explained by:
- an excellent accessibility to the main European markets,
- a central and optimal geographical situation,
- a superior transport volume and infrastructure, close to the main ports or equipped with high-quality multimodal links with these ports,
- low costs (for warehousing or labour),
- the availability of a very productive, qualified and multilingual workforce.
- Low rents
Price of high-quality industrial real estate
Incubators or business centres
The incubators that are dotted over the business parks are designed to provide a temporary home to one or several SME in their start-up phase. Mostly planted right in the middle of the business and industrial parks, these buildings offer entrepreneurs: quality premises that are immediately available under attractive conditions, with or without joint services and facilities (telephone, photocopier, meeting room, secretary, internet, receptionist, furniture, etc.).
This formula allows young start-ups to set up in Wallonia, test and evaluate the market, to determine their future development as well as the real estate needs before taking the decision to invest in their own infrastructure.
The business centres
Business centres are an ideal launching pad for all companies eager to have immediate access to furnished offices and meetings rooms, a registered address for headquarters or commercial premises, receptionist, complete multilingual secretarial service, office logistics, fax, photocopier, printers, scanner, etc.
This is a matter of providing entrepreneurs, freelancers and homeworkers interested in the dynamic of working in an open plan space with suitable and equipped premises, while at the same time offering them advice, direction and assistance designed to facilitate the development of their businesses.
In the context of Creative Wallonia, a call for projects for the introduction of co-working spaces was launched and eight projects distributed throughout Wallonia’s different provinces were selected: Cristal Hub Seraing, Coworking Charleroi, Cowork Factory La Louvière, Connexion Mons, La Forge Liège, Coworking Namur and ESCOT Tournai.
For further information concerning co-working spaces, visit AWT’s website.
The welcome offices
The welcome offices have been set up to make Wallonia a technological region within the framework of a global innovation network, by inviting innovative foreign companies to set up in our Region.
This offers foreign companies the possibility of getting used to the European market and of paving the way for a relocation and more extensive outlets.
The “China welcome office” situated in Mons currently houses a few Chinese companies, some of which have become Belgian companies.
India, Latin America, and Central and Eastern European Countries also have Welcome Offices that operate in Liege, Arlon and Charleroi.
SPOW – the Science Parks of Wallonia
- open to hi-tech companies with a R&D focus,
- work hand in hand with university researchers.
In Wallonia, these parks have become economic clusters that are witnessing constant growth and are proving to be extremely fertile breeding grounds for innovation in cutting-edge technologies, in particular in the field of biotechnologies and Information and Communication Technologies .
The biggest names in biotechnology in the world have set up operations here, on the same site or close together (SB Biological, SB Immunotherapeutic, UCB, Pfizer, Baxter, Janssen Pharma, Glaxo, Microsoft, Google, etc.)
Seven parks are active in biotechnology: The Science Parks of Louvain-la-Neuve, Liège-Sart Tilman, Crealys (Namur), Initialis (Mons), Qualitis (Enghien), Aeropole (Charleroi) and Novalis (Marche-en-Famenne).
To find out more, Discover SpoW, Wallonia’s network of Science and Technology Parks