Practical information

General information

There is a lot of reliable information online about doing business in the Netherlands. Here we connect you to the most important overviews.

  • The Dutch government provides an English-language guide to doing business in the Netherlands: Business.gov.nl

  • The Chamber of Commerce is responsible for the official companies register, but also provides information, advice and support for business owners.

  • The Netherlands Enterprise Agency stimulates entrepreneurs in sustainable, agricultural, innovative and international business, through a number of programmes and grants schemes.

  • The Netherlands Foreign Investment Agency offers extensive services to companies establishing or expanding operations in the Netherlands, and provides a valuable database of downloadable resources on their website.

  • The municipality of Groningen provides a lot of information for businesses on their website. (Dutch only)

  • Find out more about starting a business on this page.

  • Find out more about business networks and support in Groningen on our work resources page.

  • Information about business procedures around hiring, permits etc can be found on the IWCN website.

Specific topics

Here you can find some topics of specific interest for international companies.

  • This step-by-step-guide by the Dutch government provides information about the procedures for hiring employees, including payroll and contracts.

  • Highly skilled migrants can follow a simplified procedure for acquiring work and residence permits. You can get assistance with this procedure from the IWCN.

  • Find out more about company taxes on the page of the tax services (belastingdienst).

  • The 30% tax ruling can give an extra incentive for internationals to come and work in the Netherlands.

  • On the governmental site you can find out about changes to Dutch law and regulations as of 2019.

  • The IWCN website provides an overview of information regarding moving a business to the Netherlands.

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