Almere Deze Week is a weekly newspaper with local news for the inhabitants of Almere. It is published in Dutch. Below you find summaries of a selection of the articles of this week’s edition translated into English for the community of International Almere. All summaries have been translated with the permission of the editors of “Almere Deze Week”. The board of international Almere wishes to hank Courtesie (www.courtesie.nl) for their quick and accurate work to translate the summaries into English, so that the international community of Almere can be informed and feel connected with the city they live in.
The original articles in Dutch can be found in the hard copy version of “Almere Deze Week” and online via this link: www.almeredezeweek.nl. The page numbers behind the titles refer to the pages of the newspaper where the articles can be found.
Below you find summaries of 7 articles with the following titles:
- Almere business substantially more positive about the business climate (page 3)
- Businesses offer help in response to Almeerse Uitdaging(page 7)
- Expats discover Almere (page 19)
- Iftar for all – in Almere (page 27)
- Regional water authorityZuiderzeeland seeks best solution for water-logged gardens (page 32)
- Voluntary work at VLA (page 37)
- Discover Almere by bicycle! (page 43)
Almere business substantially more positive about the business climate (page 3)
In recent years Almere’s entrepreneurs have become considerably more positive about the business climate in the city. The average rating in 2018 was 7, while in 2016 it was 5.9. This from the municipality’s second Business Survey.
The score for services provided by the municipality also improved. The majority of respondents (60%) rated the municipality between 7 and 9. Of these services, entrepreneurs especially valuedOndernemersplein(help for entrepreneurs) and the accessibility and empathy of account managers as positive, with a score of 6.9 (in 2016 this was 6.6).
Businesses offer help in response to Almeerse Uitdaging (page 7)
The Almeerse Uitdaging (Almere challenge) has been in operation for a number of months and is achieving its first successes. The Almere Challenge is a business network that challenges businesses to be socially involved.
It was a top-evening at Vis à Vis (photo: Anna van Kooij)
More than a hundred of the four hundred entry tickets offered by Vis à Vis to their performance, with dinner (produced by Voiceworks), have already been used. They were distributed via the VoedselLoket Almere (VLA), the Salvation Army and Kwintes. More than a hundred people who would not otherwise have been able to do so, have now been able to enjoy a great evening.
Expats discover Almere (page 19)
ALMERE – Expats, who mostly work in and around Amsterdam, are increasingly discovering Almere. They consider the city pleasant and safe. Which is why they increasingly feel the need to settle in Almere.
Expat Mortgages, a mortgage consultancy firm with 35 employees that works especially for expats and originated in Amsterdam, has designated Almere as a promising growth area.
Henk Jansen in conversation with potential new residents of Almere. (Photo: supplied)
In addition to those for The Hague, Haarlem/Hoofddorp, Utrecht and Eindhoven, the company appointed an advisor specifically for the Almere area in 2018. Expat Mortgages is characterized by the fact that all its communication is in English. Mortgage quotations are translated, reports and calculations are made in English and all clients are accompanied when visiting a notary (in Almere often PVM or Heldoorn Eggels).
Well-educated international employees, often with a good positions in large companies, spend a large part of their money and leisure time in the local environment. As a result shops sell more, cafes and restaurants are fuller and sports and cultural facilities are more visited and used. The original, local residents also get the opportunity to become acquainted with interesting cultures, like those of Asia, Latin America and Australia.
Expat Mortgages always seeks cooperation with local parties. Real estate agents, notaries, interpreters, valuers, builders and home decorators who are prepared to communicate with clients in English can count on a profitable collaboration with Expat Mortgages. Expat Mortgages has also concluded a sponsorship agreement with International Almere (www.internationalalmere.com).
“Because Expats often have little or no command of the Dutch language, we do everything in English”, says Henk Jansen from Expat Mortgages. “It’s not that expats can’t speak Dutch, many of our clients are taking Dutch language and culture courses, but for important documents such as contracts and quotations it is convenient to use English.
This is perhaps the challenge for the local entrepreneur in Almere. If one is prepared to adapt to these new customers, one will probably benefit from the many opportunities they bring. For more information please go to www.expatmortgages.nl
Iftar for all – in Almere (page 27)
INDISCHE BUURT – This year Zahide Gürbüz Uçurum will again organize Iftar for Almere residents. On Friday 25 May from 20.00 to 23.00 hours the fast will be broken in mixed company as invitees enjoy a buffet.
Iftar will be in the form of a buffet. (Photo: supplied)
During the Islamic fasting month of Ramadan the fast is broken at Iftar every day, after sunset. This is a shared meal, with which Muslims all over the world break their fast, together with family and friends. The Almere Iftar will take place at TMG Partycentrum at Sumatraweg 22 in Almere Buiten.
Uçurum’s aim is to bring together everyone, regardless of background, origin, religion or culture.
For more information visit Facebook.com/SamenFijn
Regional water authorityZuiderzeeland seeks best solution for water-logged gardens (page 32)
ALMERE – Waterschap (water authority) Zuiderzeeland is hunting the best plan to prevent flooding in domestic gardens after extreme rainfall. It has organized a competition for this purpose. The person with the best solution will win an Intratuin gift voucher worth 500 euros in order to implement the winning plan.
Ideas for combating excessive water in private gardens can be submitted before 31 May via the entry form available at www.zuiderzeeland.nl/formulierprijsvraag
Voluntary work at VLA (page 37)
VLA (Voedsel Loket Almere – ‘the food counter’) is grateful for its volunteers. Otherwise there would be no VLA! People volunteer to work for VLA for many reasons. Often to contribute to the community and support the fight against poverty.
It has recently also been increasingly possible to find a suitable place in the organization for (former) clients. This helps them to return to normal life, while helping the VLA to help new customers who are still in the pipeline.
Discover Almere by bicycle! (page 43)
May is the best month for cycling. Get on your bike and discover the nicest parts of Almere!
The ultimate cycling guide! The new ultimate cycling guide (Ultieme Fietsgids Almere) is all the inspiration you’ll need. More information: www.vvvalmere.nl/fietsen
Note: All of the above-mentioned articles were originally written in Dutch and published by “Almere Deze Week”, edition May 23, 2018. The summaries were translated for International Almere by Courtesie International Business Affairs www.courtesie.nl