Polish lead in 'new Europe' business startups

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21 June 2005, AMSTERDAM — Polish entrepreneurs dominate the list of Eastern Europeans opening new businesses in the Netherlands, according to figures released on Tuesday.

21 June 2005

AMSTERDAM — Polish entrepreneurs dominate the list of Eastern Europeans opening new businesses in the Netherlands, according to figures released on Tuesday.

Research by the Dutch chamber of commerce, or Kamer van Koophandel, noted a sharp rise in 2004 in the number of new businesses started by people from states that joined the EU in 2004.

In total 1500 entrepreneurs from Eastern Europe launched startup businesses in the Netherlands last year. Of these, 1,200 were Polish.

This puts Poles in the second place in the 10 ten in the ranking of expat startups in the Netherlands. Turkey remains the biggest group of expat startups, with 1,700 Turks opening businesses here last year.

The KvK's 'Startersprofiel 2004' report focused on the number of first generation newcomers who have launched businesses in the Netherlands.

The rise in new businesses from Eastern Europe in 2004 seems to be chiefly due to the 'big bang' on 1 May 2004 when 10 countries joined the European Union. 

These were Poland, Hungary, Czech Republic, Slovakia, Slovenia, the three Baltic states, Malta and Cyprus. Membership made it easier for business people from these countries to set up companies in other EU states.

The KvK report found that the average age of 'starters' from new EU states was 32 compared with 36 for the entire group of people launching new businesses here.

The agriculture and construction sectors are proving particularly popular with Polish starters. Some 220 of the Polish entrepreneurs set up agricultural-related businesses and 550 in construction.

Polish interest in the Netherlands appears not to have abated, with 900 entrepreneurs from Poland opening for business in the Netherlands in the first five months of 2005.

The chamber of commerce revealed a sharp increase in the total number of newcomer startups in the Netherlands. The number of new businesses launched by foreigners rose by 20 percent to 12,800 last year.

Some 4,200 of these were begun by the traditional immigrant groups to the Netherlands — Turkey, Morocco and the former dutch colonies Suriname, the Netherlands Antilles and Aruba.

[Copyright Expatica News + ANP 2005]

Subject: Dutch news, expat businesses in the Netherlands

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