Poles open up shop in NL

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1 May 2007, THE HAGUE - More and more Polish nationals are starting their own businesses in the Netherlands. Last year there were 3,350 starting entrepreneurs from Poland, an increase of 30 percent compared to the previous year.

1 May 2007

THE HAGUE - More and more Polish nationals are starting their own businesses in the Netherlands. Last year there were 3,350 starting entrepreneurs from Poland, an increase of 30 percent compared to the previous year.

Only 190 Polish nationals started businesses in the Netherlands in 2003, according to the Chamber of Commerce Business Starter profile for 2006, published on Tuesday.

Since 2005 the Poles have been the largest single nationality of business starters. They accounted for 20 percent of all starting entrepreneurs with a foreign background last year. Most Poles started a business in the construction industry.

The total number of new businesses last year came to 90,000, up 12 percent from 2005. Almost one in three starting entrepreneurs was a woman and the average age of an entrepreneur was 37.

Many native Dutch and other nationalities also started businesses in construction: a total of 16,000 building companies were started, an increase of more than 30 percent compared to 2005.

A quarter fewer businesses were started in the financial services sector; 600 people started their own business in this industry last year. The number of new catering industry businesses was 3,200, the same as in 2005.

[Copyright Expatica News + ANP 2007]

Subject: Dutch news

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