Limburg province: LIOF

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LIOF is one of the 9 Dutch ROMs or Regional Development Agencies. It is located in the province of Limburg in the south of the Netherlands. Limburg is strategically located: it borders on Belgium and Germany.

LIOF – a ROM in Limburg

LIOF helps small and medium-sized businesses (SMEs) with innovative ideas, business plans and financing requests. It helps entrepreneurs who want to establish themselves in Limburg and entrepreneurs with cross-border cooperation and international trade. Together with entrepreneurs and partners, they are working towards a smarter, more sustainable and healthier Limburg by focusing on the transitions of energy, circularity, health and digitalization. LIOF operates independently, on a not-for-profit basis. Its services are free of charge, making it a unique and solid partner. Watch this 50 second-animation.

About Limburg

Limburg is located in the heart of Europe. It is strategically located near the German and Belgian borders, with a huge market / hinterland and over 100 European distribution centres. This makes it a good national and international business location for companies that want to cross the border. It has excellent connections and is close to important knowledge institutions such as the universities of Maastricht, Leuven (Belgium), and Aachen (Germany). Due to this Euregional location and multicultural demographic, Limburg has a multilingual workforce and almost 80,000 frontier workers. Key industries are: agri-food, life sciences & health, chemicals & materials, smart services, European logistics, and high-tech systems. See this animation about Limburg’s USPs.

What LIOF can do for you

1. If you are coming to the Netherlands

If your company is not yet located in the Netherlands and you are looking to settle in Limburg, LIOF can advise you on setting up your company in Limburg. LIOF knows everything about the availability of plots and buildings, and knows the laws and local regulations. They can also introduce you to relevant networks, have up-to-date information about the investment climate and organize fact-finding tours. LIOF also helps companies calculate the investment costs. This is how LIOF ensures that your company safely establishes itself in Limburg. For more information and contact, go to

2. When located in Limburg already

Is your company a start-up, scale-up or innovative SME and are you already located in Limburg? There are several situations where LIOF can be of assistance:

  • You are an entrepreneur and want to innovate and need knowledge? LIOF can identify which knowledge institutes external specialists or companies can help you to bring this innovation to fruition and put you in touch with them. Students from universities and colleges in Limburg are also eager to help you with new insights and ideas.
  • Does your SME company need funding? LIOF has its own grant instruments that it can use to accelerate, support and promote innovative developments. But it also knows all about European funding opportunities. LIOF can issue loans to help start-ups, scale-ups and SMEs move forward and has contacts with co-financiers in the region. In some cases, LIOF could be the ideal partner for a minority stake in the company. For more information and contact, go to

Helping international businesses

Your business wants to go international? LIOF has the right information about countries and markets and can provide you with valuable contacts. LIOF also organises incoming and outgoing trade missions to promote the exports of Limburg's companies. If you run a company abroad but you are looking to do business with the Netherlands, contact LIOF and find out what they can do you for you.

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