Read this to find out what’s really happening with entrepreneurship in Belgium

Posted October 15th, 2014 in News, Set up a company by Louise

With thanks to Pierre-Nicolas who writes,

“Recent articles in newspapers pointed the decrease of firm creation in Belgium, especially in the Southern part of the country when the creation rate was said to have decreased 11.2%. We downloaded the figures from BeStat, the official repository of statistical figures for Belgium, and the reality looks slightly different. ” Read on for more details.

 

“Are we there yet?…”

Posted June 6th, 2012 in Marketing, Set up a company, Set up a non-profit organisation by Monia

Measuring success in not only for profit organisations. Anyone who has been on a long journey with small children will recognise the refrain which usually starts 10 minutes into a 3 or more hour trip “Are we there yet, mum/dad?…”.  Fortunately, the driver usually does know where they are going, and nowadays we often have a GPS to make sure of the route.

However, when you are running a small business or not for profit organisation, it can be difficult to set aside time to plan where you are trying to go, and how to get there – the day to day business nearly always takes up all the time available.  It can also be difficult to take stock in an objective way to work out what is really important to your organisation, or to your stakeholders, and then to appraise how well you are actually meeting their needs.

Co-creating Value Collective (CCVC)has recognised the needs of social enterprises and associations – resources are limited, but the need to plan for the longer term, whilst delivering today, is as vital, if not more so, for small organisations as for large corporations. There is often a catalyst which brings the need to the fore. There may be external pressures, either from the general economic downturn: “we are under increasing pressure to demonstrate how we can provide better services and value for our clients and stakeholders”, or from cuts in budgets ; “we have to do more with ever fewer resources”. Or the catalyst may be from internal change in leadership, when you need to ensure that the whole team is fully signed up to new directions and opportunities.

Whatever the catalyst, the challenge remains to find time in the day job to reflect on the bigger picture and longer term objectives.  The urgent tends always to win out over the important. CCVC recently worked with the British Chamber of Commerce in Belgium to help them to reposition themselves in a more competitive market place.  The Chamber has been in existence for over 100 years, and has seen many changes to which it has successively and successfully adapted.  It is an organisation whose members are very engaged, so it was vital that all stakeholders were kept on board.

Working through a series of workshops and focused discussions, the insight emerged that members want to feel ‘connected’ more than ever when times are ‘turbulent’, to have personal connections and to feel part of the group.  Members wanted to retain the “best of British values” in the way the Chamber operated, but to be more visible in an increasingly international context. The Chamber has ambitious targets for growth, not just for its own sake, but because it recognised that the services members wanted also needed to grow to meet increasing needs and demands.

To overcome the risk of its perception as an “old boys club”, a radical new image and branding was developed to meet the aspirations of members.  With  80% of current Chamber members not British, the new vision is to be recognised as: “Whatever your business, wherever you’re from, the British Chamber is the essential network for you in the heart of Europe”. The new vision was backed up by a clear strategy, actions and goals, re-aligning the team to offer a more accountable, professional and values driven service. Has the new vision produced results? It is still early days, but the organisation is producing year on year growth all the more impressive in a competitive market place.  With the accolades of Chamber of the Year awarded by its peers, and Trade Association of the Year awarded by the European Public Affairs, the Chamber is already well on its way.

For more information about the British Chamber of Commerce see www.britcham.be

For more information about Co-Creating Value Collective contact

Glynis Whiting at  info@whitingeaton.eu or

Joost Visser at j.visser@relsc.com

Start Your Own Business 2012

Posted December 1st, 2011 in Events, Set up a company by Monia

Following 2011’s sell out event, Local Knowledge is once again running a  half day seminar on how to set up and run a business in Belgium with the support of ING and The Bulletin magazine.

Don’t miss out on Belgium’s premier business start up event, dedicated to helping expats set up businesses in Belgium. This half day seminar takes you through the practical and essential steps you need to take to get your business up and running in Belgium. More details and bookings>>

Date/Time

8 May 2012
14:30 – 18:30

Place

ING
Rue du Trône 4 – Brussels

Local Knowledge start your own business info sessions

Posted October 4th, 2011 in Set up a company by Louise

Local Knowledge will be running a series of starter sessions over the coming months aimed at helping you set up and run your business in Belgium. We will run similar events in various locations in Brussels and Antwerp so you can be sure that there will be a time and a place to suit you.
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Big increase in the number of self-employed foreigners in Belgium

Posted August 1st, 2011 in Set up a company by Louise

The number of registered self-employed foreigners has increased by 31% over the past 5 years according to Flanders News.

However their businesses close more quickly than Belgian businesses too. Continue Reading »

Beat the red tape with Local Knowledge

Posted May 11th, 2011 in Set up a company by Louise

New figures published by Coface Services Belgium show that the number of new starters in Belgium is at the exact same level as last year. Could it be that some people are put off by the crazy paperwork and the sheer difficulty of getting together all the papers required?
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“Start your own Business” seminar 5th April

Posted February 25th, 2011 in Set up a company by Louise

Start your own business in Belgium

Following 2010’s sell out event, Local Knowledge is once again running a  half day seminar on how to set up and run a business in Belgium with the support of ING and The Bulletin magazine.

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Top Ten Tips

Posted November 10th, 2010 in Set up a company by Louise

Although according to the Belgians it only takes three days to set up a business here in actual fact most of the people that we speak to end up spending weeks if not several months on the formal start up process. It pays therefore to be prepared, to understand what is required at the various stages of the procedure and to make sure you have all the bits of paper that will be asked of you along the way.

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Glossary of useful terms in French and Dutch

Posted November 10th, 2010 in Set up a company by Louise

If you would like to see a list of commonly used business terms in French and Dutch have a look at this setting up a business in Belgium glossary.

Step-by-step guide

Posted November 10th, 2010 in Set up a company by Louise

How do I set up a business in Belgium?

The first decision you need to make concerns your company’s legal registration as there is a surprisingly large choice of business incorporation models in Belgium.

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