Het internationale bedrijf Accenture en zakelijk dienstverlener Conclusion vestigen zich definitief op de nieuwe Smart Services Campus in Heerlen. Dit werd vandaag bekend gemaakt door alle betrokken partijen.
The announcement of Accenture and Conclusion to join at the new Smart Services Campus in Heerlen by Mark Boerekamp (COO, APG), Martin Paul (President, Maastricht University), Manon van Beek (Country Managing Director, Accenture Netherlands), Roelof Bijlsma (CEO, Conclusion) en Twan Beurskens (Governor, Province of Limburg).
The opening of Conclusion and Accenture in Heerlen is expected to create 400 new jobs in the region in the coming years. The recruitment and selection process has already started.
Approximately 2,000 to 2,500 new jobs will be created overall at the Campus in the next few years, with dozens of start-ups, spin-offs and the arrival of new companies such as Accenture and Conclusion. This will attract and retain young talent for the region. Almost €40 million will be invested in the Campus by the founders of the new campus: the Province of Limburg, pension provider APG and Maastricht University.
The aim is for the new Campus to become a breeding ground for new industry, innovations and talent development in the area of smart services, through the interaction between education, research and entrepreneurship. These are ingenious innovations in products and services based on the various data brought together by ICT. These smart combinations of data result in, for instance, more insight into clients’ needs, increased operational efficiency and improved service provision.
Roelof Bijlsma, CEO of Conclusion: “Changes are happening faster and faster, so organizations must innovate many times faster. Smart services are increasingly important in these times of digitization and the growing use of mobile devices. People are being provided with more and more data and must move with the wave of innovation and smart services. In fact, it is the people who are coming up with and developing these smart services, and who are consequently in the forefront. Limburg is the right place for this. The partners and founders have found each other and complement each other fantastically. The Campus is the breeding ground for smart services. It is now up to people.”
Accenture’s new Delivery Center, the worldwide management consulting, technology services and outsourcing company, will provide technology, operations and digital services to companies from various sectors and countries. Pension provider APG will be Accenture’s first and most prominent client serviced from the Center. Manon van Beek, Accenture’s country managing director in the Netherlands: “Accenture has a long history in the Netherlands with our offices in Amsterdam and Almere. Opening a Delivery Center at this Campus is a logical step in a region that is so centrally located in Europe and where many companies, financial institutions and public institutions have been established. The possibility of using our extensive experience in R&D and our commercial skills to promote innovation in the region was also an important factor in our decision.”
“Having these two major players open at the Campus not only brings new activity and a substantial boost in employment to the region, it ensures — together with, for example, the new degree programs being developed, the applied and fundamental research that is planned, and the facilitating government — that the development and innovation of smart services can immediately take off at the Campus,” says Twan Beurskens, Limburg provincial executive member responsible for Economic Affairs, on behalf of the three Campus founders. “Every journey starts with a single step. But thanks to the enthusiasm of Conclusion and Accenture, we have started this journey with seven-league boots.”