International Trade Support
Support from The Netherlands British Chamber of Commerce
Has your business been affected by Brexit?
As a Chamber, we have been seeing more and more British companies encountering Brexit related issues. For instance, changes to rules of origin are hitting UK businesses with additional tariffs, European Union (EU) based customers are switching to EU competitors to avoid additional customs duties, and delayed journey times are increasingly complicating supply chains.
In response to this, we have seen an increasing number of businesses who have started investigating the Netherlands as a place to set up their EU business. With its geographical proximity to the UK, one of the most advanced digital economies in the EU, excellent transport links to the rest of Europe via road, Schiphol Airport and Europe’s largest port, Rotterdam, a stable business climate, and a highly skilled workforce who speak the best non-native English in the world it is not difficult to see why many companies are starting to choose the Netherlands as a place to set up their European business.
For businesses interested in solving many of the potential issues that they have encountered due to Brexit, a vast amount of support is available. From direct support from the Dutch government through the Netherlands Foreign Investment Agency (NFIA) when investigating a new location in the Netherlands. Or via the Netherlands British Chamber of Commerce's ‘soft-landing’ package. All the organisations mentioned in this newsletter aim to make a move to the Netherlands as straightforward as possible. Below, you can find excerpts from our partners who can further help your business with solving these any Brexit-related issues.
*According to a survey issued by the NBCC among a representative pool of British businesses.
Why set up in the Netherlands?
The number of British companies enquiring about setting up in the Netherlands because of Brexit has doubled to more than 600 over the last 18 months. The Netherlands Foreign Investment Agency (NFIA) helps.
A separate operation in the Netherlands means businesses don’t have to deal with extra border issues or charges, paperwork and tax. They can distribute their goods across the EU in much the same way as they did before Brexit. As an operational unit of the Dutch Ministry of Economic Affairs, the NFIA is your one-stop-shop to build the business case for your Dutch operations.
5 reasons why the Netherlands is the perfect solution:
1. Easy access to 500 million customers The Netherlands is at the heart of Europe and well-known for its excellent infrastructure. Rotterdam has the largest port in Europe, Schiphol is an award-winning international airport, and our strong road and rail network makes other European countries easy to access. As a business, that means you can reach the 500 million customers within 24 hours.
2. We all speak English Did you know that the Dutch are the best non-native English speakers in the world? That’s according to the EF English Proficiency Index which examines English-speaking capabilities across 100 countries. As over 90% of the Dutch speak English, we’ll have no problem understanding each other.
3. You’ll be in good company Big international retailers like Tommy Hilfiger, Asics and Patagonia have established their European operations in the Netherlands. But also innovative UK SMEs, such as Snag Tights, Monster Group and Candy Hero, have found a warm welcome in the Netherlands.
4. Brits and the Dutch go very well together The OECD reports that the Dutch have the best work-life balance in the world. The country has a reputation for being cosmopolitan, as well as safe and stable, with excellent education and healthcare and an efficient, collaborative business culture.
5. We’re ready to welcome you When embarking on international expansion, the most difficult part is knowing where to start and who to talk to. That’s where the NFIA and our partners can help. We offer you free, confidential advice on everything from setting up a Dutch business, finding premises to recruiting the right team.
Want to learn more or explore opportunities in the Netherlands. Contact the NFIA via our London office: firstname.lastname@example.org or +44 (0)207 590 3286.
PwC: Doing business in the Netherlands 2021
Moving to the Netherlands
Moving your Goods
Henneken International Movers
Henneken International Movers specialises in removals between The Netherlands and the UK and Ireland. We carry out approximately 450 moves per year between these destinations, so roughly 8 per week on average. This makes us the Dutch market leaders when it comes to removals between The Netherlands and the UK. To find out more about our offering and moving to the Netherlands, please click here.
The Relocation Company
There are many challenges for companies and their newly hired staff when choosing to expand to Europe. Finding a good location for a new office, ensuring a smooth immigration process for their staff, dealing with the shortage of international schooling, not to mention the tight housing market, bank accounts, registration and tax related matters are just some of the hurdles that could cause a lot of frustrations. The Relocation Company can help to solve all of these issues. To find out more about the services offered by the Relocation Company, please click here.
Bleckmann is a market leader in Supply Chain Management services for the fashion and lifestyle markets. Founded in 1862, Bleckmann has evolved from a transport company into a full supply chain solutions provider with a specific expertise in e-fulfilment solutions. Recently the company further broadened its services in consumer electronics market segment.
To find out more about how Bleckmann can help with your supply chain issues, please click here.
Investing in the Netherlands
Netherlands Foreign Investment Agency (NFIA)
As an operational unit of the Dutch Ministry of Economic Affairs and Climate Policy, NFIA helps and advises foreign companies in the various stages of establishing, rolling out and expanding their international activities in the Netherlands. NFIA is your first port of call, connecting you with regional partners in the Invest in Holland Network as well as resources and tools needed to make investment decisions.
Find more about how the NFIA can help your business find its feet in the Netherlands here.
Setting up an Entity in the Netherlands
The Netherlands British Chamber of Commerce (NBCC)
The Netherlands, also known as the “gateway to Europe,” is one of the most competitive economies in Europe and one of the best countries for business investment in the world. With just over 17 million inhabitants, the country is small but full of innovation. The Netherlands has a lot going for it including a great location, extremely well-connected, and a highly educated and skilled workforce which combined make the Netherlands an attractive place for business.
The NBCC can help with services such as company formations, market research, partner searches, and payroll management. To find out more about how the NBCC can help with your business, please click here.
Many UK businesses are choosing the Netherlands as their gateway to the EU following the end of the Brexit transition period either by setting up a local entity or using its logistics capabilities. Sovos can help companies needing to know more about the VAT implications.
To see how Sovos can help your company making the move, please click here.
Looking for an accountant and tax advisory services with a personal touch for setting up overseas?
The AAme organisation is a one-stop-shop in the field of accountancy, tax advice, salary processing, knowledge migrant services, legal services and, as a market leader, we provide specific services for the (cross border) recruitment/secondment industry (inbound, including contracting, payrolling and staffing under the collective labour agreement).
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Tax and Strategy Consulting
Our International Tax Services team can help you deal with all tax and customs aspects of doing business between the UK and NL / EU. In addition, we can help you identify the right opportunities and achieve your strategic cross-border investment ambitions. Whether it be identifying a joint venture partner, providing regulatory advice on entering a new market or dealing with local talent issues and tax requirements.
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With Brexit being a fact, we have noticed that many businesses now need to deal with various unexpected and practical implications that are outside the course of their standard business. Compliance with local rules and regulations in the broadest sense is of utmost importance to keep your business in good standing, allowing you to continue and expand your existing European operations, or in setting up a new venture.
To find out more about how the TMF Group can help your business, please click here.
Ebury offers local currency accounts for British companies that do business in The Netherlands or elsewhere in Europe. You can open local currency accounts in 30+ currencies in The Netherlands, throughout Europe, and the US - so you can start doing business right away. With this account, you can collect funds, make international payments and convert to almost any currency. Our pricing is both transparent as cost-effective. Thousands of companies around the globe are trading faster and smarter by using Ebury’s services. To find out more, please click here.
Due to its excellent business environment and its competitive tax system, the Netherlands is a leading destination for companies seeking a base for durable growth in Europe. Many internationally operating companies already have a presence in the Netherlands due to its stable political conditions, excellent logistics infrastructure and business relations with other countries, specialised industries and high-tech value creation.
- Assess and clearly present the financial and operational impact of Brexit on your business;
- Provide legal, tax and customs expertise to deal with new regulatory requirements;
- Design a post Brexit strategy for your business to mitigate risks and leverage opportunities;
- Apply and obtain the necessary registrations and authorisations in the territories where your business operates.
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Lloyds Bank is available to offer support to UK businesses in the process of expanding to or relocating to the Netherlands.
Lloyds Bank Commercial Banking provides comprehensive expert financial services to businesses of all sizes, from small and medium-sized companies, through to multinational corporations. To find out more, please click here.
Interior Design Advice
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Moving to the Netherlands is very exciting, but how do you proceed?
Luckily, there are a lot of organizations who can help you to find a house. But even once you’ve moved into your new place, you’re still not there. Now you have to make this house into a home. But the Netherlands differs from other countries, and there are a lot of choices that need to be made. There is furniture, flooring, curtains and lighting to be found at every single price level.
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The Corporate Housing Factory
Looking for a smooth transition from the UK to The Netherlands? Finding the right temporary accommodation - for short or long stay – is likely to be the first step towards successful relocation. Corporate Housing Factory (CHF) and its sister label ServicedApartments.nl (SA), which serves as a bookings-platform, offer serviced apartments throughout The Netherlands, from Amsterdam through Zwolle. Click here to find out more.
Supply Chain Consulting
KC Management & Trading Services
Supply Chain Management, Logistics, Distribution & Warehousing for UK companies
As a result of Brexit, a lot of UK business are struggling with extra costs, longer lead-times and increased complexity to deliver goods to their European customers. As it is essential to quickly adapt to the new situation, finding the right logistic set-up & partners is the key to maintain competitive European mainland deliveries. To find out more please click here.