number of entrepreneurs is starting. In one
year 90.000 companies extra.....
Amsterdam-The Netherlands gets more and more
enterprising. Last year 90.000 people started
for themselves. Since 2003 the amount of starters
increased with ten thousand each year. This
shows from the new figures of the Chamber
of Commerce in the Netherlands
The increasing economy wins the most starters
over, is the assumption of the Chamber of
Commerce. ‘If the economy is going well, the
smaller the risk’. Concludes a spokeswoman.
As well as the decrease of the administrative
costs this contributes to the business interest,
she thinks. Besides that the Chamber of Commerce
takes more care of advising potential starters.
The average age that people start for themselves
is 37 years.Younger people are less interested
in entrepreneurship, shows the published investigation
of the FNV from yesterday.Just one out of
ten working youngsters indicate that they
want to start their own company.
During the economic decline after the turn
of the century the new entrepreneurs slowly
decreased till over more then 58.000 in 2003.
Since then the entrepreneurship is increasing
in popularity rapidly. The more then eighty
thousand of 2005 were already a record, and
in 2006 the Chamber of Commerce counted a
total of 90.113 starters, who together founded
approximately 85.000 companies.
Perhaps the small entrepreneurs replace part
of the employees. In 2005 that tendency was
visible; the last year the Centraal Bureau
voor de Statistiek does not have any statistics.
Between 2004 and 2005 the number of employees
The trade unions follow this trend an try
to commit the small entrepreneurs without
staff to themselves. Yesterday the CNV announced
to establish a small entrepreneurs union.
The FNV already did this.
Most of the starters are working in construction.
In that sector more then 16.000 people started
for themselves, twice as much as in 2004.
The growth of the number of Polish’s starters
is remarkable. Since the EU-membership in
May 2004, the Polish could much easier start
a business in the Netherlands. Last year 3347
Polish’s signed themselves in as an entrepreneur.
Of that 70% was in construction. As small
entrepreneurs they could get round the restrictions
which applied until yesterday for Polish’s
"Het Financieele Dagblad
" 2 May 2007)