Business region: Kreis Herford
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At the heart of eastern Westphalia is the Herford district (Kreis Herford), covering an area of 450 square kilometres and set in the charming countryside between the Teutoburg Forest and the Wiehen mountains. It benefits from an excellent infrastructure, and has direct connections to the A30 and A2 motorways, guaranteeing ease of access.



With its main focus on the timber and furniture industries and its many successful companies, Kreis Herford is known far and wide as the centre of the European kitchen furniture industry. Its numerous supply companies for the furniture industry and its astonishingly wide range of engineering, electrical engineering, textile and plastics companies make Kreis Herford a highly attractive business location.

Through Initiative Wirtschaftsstandort Kreis Herford e.V. (an organisation supporting Kreis Herford as a business location), the district offers its companies the opportunity to work in active partnership with commercial sponsors, in order to promote their businesses. Working together in this way creates positive stimuli, which lead to continuing improvements in their business fortunes.


As a model district for the region of North-Rhine Westphalia, and as part of a project to promote services for small businesses, Kreis Herford has developed its model project "Widufix - Action for Companies". Together with 37 partners, Kreis Herford offers companies wide-ranging support in all aspects of business. Extensive service guarantees and a mobile advice service ensure that companies receive the best possible level of support.


This helps make Kreis Herford a vibrant business region, but it is an attractive location for modern businesses in other respects too, because here you can live and work in an area where other people spend their holidays. It is amid this unspoilt natural and recreational scenery in the town of Herford that MARTa - the Museum for Furniture, Art and the Artistic Environment - has been established and which, with its futuristic building designed by the leading American architect Frank O. Gehry, has become the new flagship for Kreis Herford. The charismatic artistic director Jan Hoet - formerly artistic director of Documenta 9 - hopes that his exhibitions will forge a link between furniture design and art.

Your contact:


Klaus Goeke

Director of Initiative Wirtschaftsstandort Kreis Herford e.V.

Head of the Economic Development Agency for Kreises Herford

Tel.: +49 (0) 52 21 - 13 13 30

Fax.: +49 (0) 52 21 - 13 13 49

Mail: K.Goeke(at)