1. Leases, permits and administrative procedures

Managing a business implies meeting a number of requirements: signing a commercial lease agreement, obtaining the right permits, complying with a number of legal obligations (opening hours, waste collection, music broadcasting, etc.). This section helps you better understand your obligations.

Commercial lease agreements

If you want to open a business and don’t own premises where you can provide your services, you will have to rent part of a building and sign a lease agreement: either a new one or an existing lease.

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Planning permits

For example, you will need to obtain a planning permit to change a retail business into a snack bar or a restaurant into a bar. This is also the case when you want to put up a sign, build, demolish, renovate or do transformation work on a building.

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Environmental permits

Some activities require an environmental permit. This includes bakeries, butcher shops, chip shops, discotheques, restaurants with seating for over 100 people, etc.

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Administrative formalities

As is the case with any new business, opening a retail or hospitality outlet requires meeting a series of administrative obligations to obtain the authorisations required, to create the company, to keep the books, to hire staff, to play music, etc.

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2. Subsidies and funding

Regardless if you are opening a new business, taking one over or want to grow your current business, the issue of financing will arise in any event. A range of financing and subsidy solutions is available in Brussels. Take the time to explore your options before moving ahead with your project!


Find out about the grants available to Brussels-based retailers to launch a business, do work on their establishment and for many other projects!

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In addition to bank loans, there are a number of other solutions available to help you find the funds you need to create or grow your retail outlet, café or restaurant.

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3. Creation and growth

Several items can be decisive in increasing your chances of success: the choice of location, optimal communication, professional coaching, relevant training and networking. Follow the guide!
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The choice of location is one of the key factors for retail outlet success. It’s essential to select the right location for your business, both in terms of the premises you buy or lease and the neighbourhood in which you set up your business. See our advice and the strategic partners who can guide you.

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Support solutions

Are you planning to open a retail business, but aren’t sure how to start implementing it? Do you need assistance in specific areas? Do you need advice or help to structure your ideas? Do you want to test your project before setting up permanently? A number of support solutions are available! 

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Identity and communication

The identity of your business must be well thought out because its role is strategic! It defines your company in the eyes of current and potential customers. It will determine its nature, positioning in the marketplace, values, character, etc. Its identity will also provide the basis for the communication you will implement to get your business known.

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Training and formation

Are you ready to make a move and launch your business? The adventure will be fulfilling! However, before jumping in, it’s better to understand the ins and outs of your new job as a company head. Be sure to get training to put every chance on your side.

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Working with retailers

You can go faster alone, but further together! That’s why it’s important to come together with other retailers. Combining your strengths will enable larger and more sustainable projects, allow you to reach a wider audience, reduce your costs and provide many other benefits.

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4. Shutting down, taking over, transferring or restarting a business

Do you want to shut down your business, or have to? Find out what steps you have to take to close down your business or transfer it under the best possible conditions, or how to recover after bankruptcy.

Shutting down or transferring your business

Do you want to shut down your company? You can shut it down; however, another option is to sell it. In either case, you will have to meet a series of administrative requirements and complete certain steps. 

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Company in difficulty

A company in difficulty is one that is no longer able to pay its creditors. Solutions and support are available to help you deal with this situation.

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Taking over a business

Being self-employed, you don’t necessarily have to create a new business: you can also take over an existing one. Taking over an existing business has several obvious advantages. For example, you will have far fewer administrative formalities to meet to open the business and takeover costs are much lower.

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Restarting a business

Did you go bankrupt and want to restart your business? There are a number of aid and support programs available to facilitate your recovery.

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