Welcome to Barneveld
The municipality of Barneveld welcomes you. Our municipality lies at the heart of The Netherlands and has urban facilities and a village character. The conurbation of Amsterdam, Rotterdam, The Hague and Utrecht is nearby. As is the largest nature reserve in The Netherlands: the Hoge Veluwe National Park. Barneveld is also located in the centre of the Foodvalley, which gives entrepreneurs in the agrifood sector a great advantage.
- The municipality of Barneveld is internationally renowned for its poultry production and trade.
- The national price of eggs is determined at the Barneveld egg market.
- The motorway A1 is located tot the north of Barneveld and the A30 to the west. Barneveld has 3 railway stations on the line Amersfoort - Ede-Wageningen.
- The municipality of Barneveld has a population of over 57,000, a figure which is expected to reach 70,000 in 2035.
- Over 31,000 people are employed bij 5,400 companies. Over 600 of these companies are farmers, 140 are transport companies, 170 are catering and tourism companies, and 140 work in ICT and communications.
- Barneveld is located in the heart of Foodvalley, Europe's main agrifood centre. This region enjoys international renown for its first-class knowhow and innovations in the field of healthy, sustainable food.
- The largest industrial site, Harselaar, covers 200 hectares.
Thanks to its location on the border of The Netherlands' largest nature reserve de Veluwe and the Gelderse Vallei, Barneveld is the perfect base for Dutch holidaymakers and day trippers. It is not without good reason that tourism and leisure are important pillars of the economy in the municipality. What's more, the sector directly employs around 1,100 people, as well as a lot more people indirectly.
Dozens of hotels, camp sites, restaurants and bed & breakfasts have established themselves to serve the large numbers of tourist who arrive throughout the year. Catering, cultural institutions, shops, the 'green sector' and the service sector also benefit from the area's popularity. The tourism sector is concentrated between the characteristic villages Garderen and Voorthuizen, around the lake and golf centre at Zeumeren and in the town of Barneveld.
Small though it is, The Netherlands is the world's second-biggest agricultural exporter. And within The Netherlands Barneveld is a center of innovation in the agrifood sector and related industries. The whole world uses the egg sorting machines built in Barneveld, and Barneveld was the first place to use the Rondeel housing system. Barneveld's USP is that it is the interface between the agricultural sector and industry. Barneveld thus provides an answer tot the global food problem and the increasing demand for protein.
Barneveld aims to further develop the agrifood sector and form a bridge between knowhow and practice. To this end Barneveld has founded the Poultry Expertise Centre. This is a partnership between companies, the government and knowhow institutions that work in of are involved in the poultry sector. At the Poultry Expertise Centre these groups combine their expertise and use it to train entrepreneurs and people who work in the poultry sector. Both national and international. Together the parties involved respond to questions from the industry. They collaborate in an Innovation Lab on the campus in Barneveld in order to permanently improve production systems en make them more sustainable.
The Netherlands is well-known as a distribution country. Its most famous ports are the main international ports such as Schiphol ant the harbour of Rotterdam. As a logistics hotspot in the hinterland, Barneveld can boast great accessibility, lying as it does in the corridor of the Randstad, where these main ports are located, but further towards Eastern Europe.
The area has excellent road access, not just for goods transportation but also for people commuting to and from work. The region holds a central position in The Netherlands and is therefore attractive to the logistics sector for strategic reasons. Its location on the junction of the A1 and the A30 makes it an attractive base for road transport. The A1 connects Amsterdam with the German border. The A30 links the A1 with the A12, which connects the Randstad with the German Rurhgebiet. A major advantage is that Barneveld has no heavy traffic congestion, unlike the Randstad, yet is located close tot the Randstad.
Anybody who thinks that Barneveld's economy is based solely on the poultry sector needs to think again. Tourism, logistics and IT are also important pillars and contribute tot the area's employment. The IT sector in the area grew mainly in the 1990s - thanks to Baan, a leading ICT company that operated between 1990 and 2005. Although Baan no longer exists as such it created a climate in which new ICT companies flourish. Not just websites and social media developers, but also developers of logistics software and CRM packages.