Types of secondary establishment
There are several types of secondary establishment:
- subsidiary company.
The degree of legal independence depends on the type of establishment.
Many of the requirements and procedures for opening a secondary establishment are the same as for starting up a business.
A business has to choose a legal form. It is important to make the right decision since the choice of legal form affects aspects such as a business's tax liabilities, etc.
You also have to choose a name. The name must be unique in the particular sector and region in which you are operating and comply with the Company Names Act.
Businesses must sign up the Dutch Chamber of Commerce's trade register within one week of the business's start-up date. Additional rules apply to foreign businesses opening a branch in the Netherlands.
Businesses must register with the Tax Authority. A new business must be registered even if the owner already is for another company.
Businesses must agree an employment contract with any new staff they hire and comply with its contractual conditions.
Each year, businesses have to submit the latest copy of their annual accounts to the trade register in the same form they are obliged to use when disclosing these in the country of their head office/establishment.
You will find information about the Dutch market on the Hollandtrade.com website of the Agency for International Business and Cooperation (EVD). EVD is a partner organisation for businesses, research institutes and educational bodies from inside or outside the Netherlands.
The Netherlands Foreign Investment Agency (NFIA), part of the Agency for International Business and Cooperation, assists and supports foreign businesses wishing to invest in the Netherlands.
Information from the Dutch government can be found on the Antwoordvoorbedrijven.nl website, which lists at a glance all the various relevant dos and don'ts, e.g. licences and requirements, laws and regulations, taxes and subsidies.
You can find full contact details of foreign embassies and consulates in the Netherlands on the website of the Dutch Ministry for Foreign Affairs:
Click on the link below to see the subsidies for which you might be eligible: