If you are not Dutch and have not lived in the Netherlands, to set up a Dutch BV probably means nothing to you at all. Yet if you run a business that trades in good or services internationally, it is highly likely that it would be advantageous to set up a Dutch BV. First, though, you probably want to know what it even means to set up a Dutch BV. In the Netherlands, as in many other countries, there are different types of company structures, relating to liability and shareholders. There is the Dutch equivalent of a sole trader. Alternatively you can choose a Naamloze Vennootschap, or NV, which is the equivalent of a PLC in Great Britain. More commonly, though, people choose to set up a Dutch BV, which stands for Besloten Vennootschap and is comparable to a Limited Liability Company in Great Britain. This particular company structure protects the shareholders against liability for debt, while imposing some rules and regulations which do not apply to sole traders. In the Netherlands, however, these regulations are not particularly strict or onerous. To set up a Dutch BV, you must:
- Have at least 1 euro of share capital;
- Register the company with the Kamer van Koophandel, the equivalent of the Chamber of Commerce;
- Register the shareholders;
- Have a Dutch business address.
If you fulfil these requirements, you can set up a Dutch BV. The government in the Netherlands really does do all that it can to encourage people to set up a Dutch BV to help stimulate their already strong economy.
Why set up a Dutch BV rather than choosing another country?
There are some great advantages to choosing to run a company in the Netherlands compared to other European Union countries. One of the more attractive and obvious advantages is the low level of taxation for companies. While not all taxes are lower in the Netherlands, the owner of a business in the country can expect to pay significantly less tax than in other European nations. Another important advantage to establishing a company in the Netherlands is the strong links that the country has with other large economies, including those of Great Britain and Germany, but also with other nations throughout the world. This economic cooperation and the positive trade conditions are advantageous for almost any company wishing to trade across borders. The Netherlands is also a politically and financially stable country, located close to Great Britain, which allows for some stability for British companies unsure of the effects of Brexit in the coming months and years. The Netherlands also has a large workforce of skilled workers, many of whom are fluent in English or German, which can be useful for almost any sort of business looking to establish itself in Holland. This combination of factors means that many types of business can prosper in the Netherlands.
Going through the process
While the government make it as easy as they can to set up a Dutch BV, the process can still become complicated when negotiating the steps for the first time. Fortunately, the experts at Intercompany Solutions are able to help. They are experienced in helping people from around the world start a company in the Netherlands and are able to assist in every step of the process. This can save you time and money, along with a large amount of stress. If you are interested, you can find more information on their website, intercompanysolutions.com, or contact one of their agents for further advice specific to your particular situation.