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Doing business in Brussels

Everything you need to know about doing business in the Brussels-Capital Region
The Brussels-Capital Region supports numerous initiatives to stimulate the economy. Brussels Economy and Employment (BEE) promotes sustainable economic development and job creation in the Brussels-Capital Region with a whole raft of financial assistance measures for businesses.

The main tasks of the Brussels Regional Public Service’s Brussels Economy and Employment

Brussels Economy and Employment (BEE) provides financial support to companies and bodies through investment grants, consultancy, training and more. BEE is the Brussels-Capital Region’s official representative in economic domains and also manages agricultural activities. Additionally, BEE promotes the Region among potential foreign investors and encourages foreign trade. is a preferred public partner of anyone who does business in the Brussels-Capital Region, be they project initiators, company founders, large companies, SMEs, the self-employed or foreign investors. informs and guides businesspeople on numerous issues, from subsidies, financing and administration formalities, to planning & environmental regulations and every other aspect of economic activity in Brussels. also advises companies with regard to innovation, investment and globalisation.

1819: everything you need to know about doing business in Brussels

All services provided to businesspeople in Brussels are accessible via a single phone number – 1819. All calls are taken by advisors who will identify the information or service you need and refer you to the institution or partner best able to help you.

You can call 1819 Monday to Friday between 8.30 am and 1 pm and on Tuesday from 5 pm to 7.30 pm.

You can also see the website (FR/NL)

Business development initiatives

Huge investments have been made in infrastructure, business and trade centres and elsewhere in a number of underprivileged neighbourhoods of the Brussels-Capital Region in partnership with the communes.

The Government of the Brussels-Capital Region has designated to coordinate the network of eight Brussels public business centres.

The Region is committed to the long-term development of new sectors, such as cutting-edge technologies, the environmental sector and fashion. The conversion of former industrial spaces also contributes to job creation.
Subsidies are granted to Brussels universities and research centres to ensure continued high performance in R&D, which often results in new economic activities and new jobs. For more information over research and development initiatives, see the page 'Innovation and R&D' of this site.

Trade organizations

Independent businesspeople can also call on their professional body to apply for assistance for their business undertakings.
A list of trade organizations recognised as representatives by the Region is available on the 'Advice and Information for businesses and the self-employed' page on this website.