Friday, 18 November 2016

Maxima is back in business

Queen Maxima at the launch of a business report on November 18th 2016
(photo koninklijkhuis Twitter)

She's barely touched back down again after her State Visits to Australia and New Zealand and Queen Maxima has been seriously busy. In less than twenty four hours, the Queen of the Netherlands has carried out a series of engagements all about building different parts of society.  Maxima is back home and back in business.

Today, Queen Maxima headed to Voorschoten where she attended the presentation of the annual report into SMEs in the Netherlands. It's prepared by the Dutch Committee for Entrepreneurship and Finance - Maxima is a member.  And it was presented at a butchers called Van Eijk - Maxima got a tour of how they make their business work while she was there.

The annual report looks at successes and the challenges faced by small and medium enterprises when they set up. It's designed to put a spotlight on what it takes to succeed in business and it was launched on the Day of the Entrepreneur in the Netherlands.

Yesterday, Maxima was in  one of the poorest parts of The Hague, Schilderswijk, for the 90th anniversary of a community centre called 'The Sparrows'. It was set up in 1926 to offer a better future for young people in the area and offers a wide range of activities and projects for children and their parents to enjoy.

Queen Maxima met some of those currently using the centre as well as those running it and volunteers giving their time to help improve the lives of others. She also spent time at another project, Welfare Barneveld, which provides young people with a mentor to help them, especially in situations where they are lacking confidence. From young people trying to build a future to firms trying to build a place in their chosen market, Maxima has had a chance to look ahead in all kinds of different ways as she gets back to business.

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