When your business is flourishing you may want to look to expand or merge and find a business partner or franchisee. The EU's internal market now makes it easier for your business to expand by allowing goods, services and people to move freely throughout the EU.
Types of collaboration
Different types of business collaboration exist (see below for more details):
New types of European business structure
A European Economic Interest Grouping (EEIG) is designed to facilitate and develop the economic activities of its members and improve results. Profit-making for the sake of it is not an aim.
Setting up a European company (SE) makes it easier to move the headquarters of an international company from one EU member country to another.
A European cooperative society (SCE) contains both cooperation and plc elements. Its capital is divided into shares.
Other options for expanding your business are taking over an existing one, merging with another company or opening a branch in another EU country.
Double tax relief
A person living in the Netherlands and with a foreign income may end up paying income tax both in the Netherlands and abroad. In such cases, the same person may be eligible for double tax relief.
The Hollandtrade.com website provides information on Dutch markets. Moreover, the Agency for International Business and Cooperation (EVD) can help your business find business partners. It is a partner organisation for enterprises, knowledge centres and educational institutions both inside and outside the Netherlands.
You can find useful tips and contact information for customers and suppliers on the Dutch Chamber of Commerce website: