New guidebook on setting up business in Belgium

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Two expat women have produced a comprehensive guidebook to help Belgian business start-ups.

It’s a well-known fact in Belgium that you need nerves of steel, the patience of a saint and in-depth knowledge of the country’s pervasive bureaucracy to successfully start up a business or establish a local office.

So two women whose careers in Belgium span a combined 32 years have spotted a gap in the market. British born Louise Hilditch and American Julie Kolokotsa, who between them have worked for the European Parliament, local blue chip multinationals and set up and worked for not-for-profit organisations, are now bringing their expertise to Belgium’s expat business community.

The two women have written a 100-page guidebook now available for sale through book shops and newsagents in Brussels that offers an insider’s guide to anyone setting up a new business or already running their own operation in Belgium.

 “Our book and consultancy service enables businesses to focus on getting their office or business off the ground, and worry less about the legalities of starting up in Belgium, the company registration process, getting started as an employer, what to pay local staff, and the challenges of tax and finance – including grants and other government incentives – as well as which suppliers to use,” says Louise.

“Once you’re up and running our consultancy will handle all your back office, administrative and routine requirements finding you the best deals and saving you the expense of hiring staff in house,” says Julie.

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