Flanders Declares Extra Motion to Assist UK Corporations to Entry the EU


Flanders Funding & Commerce (FIT) has launched Startup.Flanders, a platform that gives focused providers for buyers within the area. It positions Flanders (the northern area of Belgium) as an modern hub for worldwide start-ups.The announcement coincides with the outcomes of a ballot, printed as we speak, that discovered that 95% of UK enterprise resolution makers surveyed utilizing FIT (commerce and promotion company for Flanders) report that they already discover help providers in Flanders ‘useful’1, with greater than half (52%) discovering them ‘very useful’.

Startup.Flanders is Flanders’ central platform for details about service packages, analysis and information (a ‘one cease store’). It guides customers to quite a few programmes, initiatives, occasions, instruments and subsidies for Flanders-based and worldwide start-ups. The crew and neighborhood can: 

  • Set you up with the correct individuals and ecosystem gamers to hurry up your ambitions.
  • Advise you take the next move and scale your startup internationally.
  • Present providers and companions that assist spur your development, technological talent and success in Flanders and across the globe. 

Analysis carried out amongst greater than a thousand enterprise resolution makers within the UK in Might 2023 by Censuswide2, discovered that simply over half (52%) had used3 FIT’s providers and of these 95% reported that they discovered the service ‘useful’1 and greater than half (52%) described the service as ‘very useful’.

The announcement of Startup.Flanders. carefully follows on from the launch of Gateway2Britain final month, an modern open logistics platform that may carry visibility and transparency for buying and selling with Flanders into one place. Gateway2Britain goals to make commerce between Flanders and Britain as frictionless as potential.  

A report, “Overseas management within the Flemish Economic system in 2023”, additionally printed final month by the Flanders Division of Economic system, Science & Innovation, reported that there have been 362 UK corporations already based mostly in Belgium and 6,554 overseas owned corporations in complete in Flanders. This overseas funding is answerable for the creation of greater than EUR 57.7 billion in gross added worth.

Dirk Verlee, Commerce and Funding Counsellor at Flanders Funding & Commerce, based mostly on the Belgian Embassy in London, defined the background to the most recent initiative: “The ballot exhibits that we’ve efficiently developed a fame with British corporations for making their lives simpler. I’m very happy with my crew for this achievement. Nonetheless, we’re by no means complacent; our intention is to develop the perfect start-up ecosystem, notably for tech corporations. We wish to appeal to essentially the most modern British start-ups. We imagine that Startup.Flanders and Gateway2Britain, along with all of the geographical, transport, tax and cultural benefits of the area, make Flanders extremely engaging for British corporations wishing to determine a presence within the EU.” 

If you’re a startup based mostly within the UK and are all in favour of exploring alternatives in Flanders you’ll be able to contact one in every of FIT crew who might be joyful to reply any questions you will have. 

Jamie Quarmby
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