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Interview with Chiel van Dijen

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‘First the client, then the premises’

Chiel van Dijen, Deputy Director of Kadans Science Partner – Partner in Kadans Real Estate

Only when you have a sound understanding of both the client and the market in which it operates, can you actually respond adequately to specific wishes and requirements in terms of accommodation. We at Kadans Science Partner consider this highly logical. And this is why we offer knowledge intensive technological companies and start-up businesses more than business space only. We consciously endeavour to provide a total service package when it comes to supplying accommodation solutions that are in keeping with the sector.

‘Here at Kadans, we are well aware that businesses operating in the fields of food, life sciences, health, biotechnology and high tech require more than just commercial or office space alone. The additional requirements often include laboratories, research facilities, cleanrooms, pilot plants and conditioned rooms. But also service & support, equipment, access to financiers and an extensive network. We therefore offer our clients maximum assistance in the search for a suitable location for their business. After all, our support consists not only of providing premises, but also all that one could possibly require to create the ideal working environment. We can arrange it; regardless of whether it comprises the rental and installation of specialist equipment, or assistance in completing grant application processes and business plans!

In view of the extent of the service we provide, it may be more appropriate to speak of an accommodation agreement, rather than a lease. We actually also consider the term ‘client’ a little too impersonal; we prefer to pursue a mutual relationship that is based on frankness and faith in one another. This approach implies that we place both our knowledge and our network at associates’ disposal. And in return, we receive a great deal of information about the market. This helps keep us abreast of the latest trends, requirements and opportunities. While knowledge intensive businesses were previously accommodated in university buildings, we are how experiencing an increasing shift towards science parks and themed multi-tenanted business premises in university towns. Given our knowledge of and experience in the various sectors, our network and full service package, we expect to be able to offer countless knowledge intensive technological companies integrated – and therefore also ideal – accommodation solutions for years to come.’

Should you wish to pose any questions, please contact us directly on: Tel: +31 (0)411 – 625 628
E-mail: c.dijen@kadans.com

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