If you want to do business in Europe, then the first thing you need to select is the right country in which to start. The European union consists of 28 countries, with various sizes, economic development and languages. The Netherlands might just be an interesting option for your business, offering all kinds of benefits.
First of all you’ll get around with English almost everywhere. Most people speak at least basic English and this brings many advantages. There are basically no communication difficulties working with local staff or vendors. Manuals or product packaging hardly need to be translated. It's also very common and accepted to have agreements in English and there is no need to translate them in Dutch to make these legally binding.
It’s very easy to set up a business in the Netherlands. Although not in the high ranks on the Ease of Doing Business Index setting up your business is quite easy. Setting up a company can be done through a public notary in just a few days. For small businesses there are limited requirements, there is no local director or accountant needed. Company tax is 20%/25%.
Besides a very stable political climate, the Netherlands also offers a very attractive fiscal climate for companies. As an open economy, the Netherlands has always given priority to a transparent and stable tax system that is flexible enough to anticipate the rapidly changing requirements of international economic flows. In addition, tax agreements that guarantee univocal treatment have been made with most of the world’s trading nations. Furthermore there are tax benefits for innovation programmes and staff.
The Dutch GDP per capita is one of the highest in the world.
The travelling distances of the major cities like Amsterdam, Rotterdam, Utrecht and The Hague are only one hour by car or train apart from each other. This 'Randstad' area already houses 7 of the 15 million people living in The Netherlands. Even for the most remote cities or regions you'll need to travel no more than 3 hours by car. This enables you to service the entire country from just one location. Rotterdam has one of the biggest ports of the word and Schiphol airport (Amsterdam) is a great hub to many destinations.