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New association

Business network wants to boost Luxembourg’s north



Eleven entrepreneurs from the north of the country have joined forces to create non-profit organisation United Business Luxembourg. Photo: UBL

Eleven entrepreneurs from the north of the country have joined forces to create non-profit organisation United Business Luxembourg. Photo: UBL

Active since June, the United Business Luxembourg association aims to bring together companies in the north of Luxembourg and help foster the creation of new companies.

"We noted the large number of companies from different trades, coming from everywhere and who do not necessarily know each other," said Roland Neissen, president and co-founder of the group founded on 11 June.

Geographically distant from the capital, the so-called Nordstad has benefitted since 2015 from a direct and fast link thanks to the “Nordstrooss” motorway. And its entrepreneurial fabric has strengthened in recent years, as shown in particular by the creation of the Fridhaff industrial zone.

A gateway for entrepreneurs and employees

However, there is no question of closing in on oneself, said the president of the organisation, adding that he is happy to collaborate with organisations in the capital. The specificity of United Business Luxembourg lies rather in its asserted cross-border vision: "We want to collaborate with other business clubs in Luxembourg, but also abroad,” Neissen said, with the grand duchy bordering Belgium and Germany in the north.

His aim is to connect as many entrepreneurs as possible, but also to make this business club a gateway to the Luxembourg market, both for entrepreneurs wishing to set up their company and for people looking for a job.

There are many innovative and modern companies in the northern region.
Johannes Krahwinkel

Johannes KrahwinkelCo-founder and vice-presidentUnited Business Luxembourg

"There are a lot of innovative and modern companies in the northern region. But until now, no one has thought of bringing these skills together in a professional way to be more efficient in developing and using these new capabilities. Now we are going to change that in an efficient way to deploy new synergies,” said Johannes Krahwinkel, co-founder and vice-president of the organisation.

United Business Luxembourg is based at the Business Center Massen in Wemperhardt, where the former Massen entrepreneurs' circle used to offer conferences and networking. Today, UBL is ready to expand its ranks beyond the ten founding members.

This article was first published in French on Paperjam. It has been translated and edited for Delano.