Starting your own company

The City of Antwerp offers you customised advice on your business. Here you’ll find an overview of all the business support services that the city offers for starters.

Starting a business in Antwerp

Do you want to start up your own business in Antwerp? The Business Desk (Bedrijvenloket) will help you along the way. Would you like advice tailored specifically to your business plans? Then go ahead and make an appoint for a free starters consultation.

Read more about setting up your own business.

Opening a hospitality business

If you’re looking to open a hotel, restaurant or catering business in Antwerp, then you’ll need to apply for some permits from the city. In addition to these formalities there are other obligations that you need to fulfil, such as meting food safety requirements. The Business Desk gives you customised advice.

Pop-up shop

Each pop-up shop is unique. The conditions and requirements for starting this kind of temporary sales point are quite different from the general conditions for opening up a permanent shop. The Business Desk gives you customised advice for pop-up shops, ensuring that you are fully aware of the legal requirements for your specific situation.

Asking for a company ID number

To start your own business, you will need a company ID number. You can ask for this through any number of enterprise agencies in the city. Once you have signed up, you will get your number which:

  • Is a 10-digit number
  • Is the same as your VAT number but with a 0 at the beginning of it

Be sure to use this number in your emails, letters, invoices, receipts and other communications.

Contact info

Desk: Francis Wellesplein 1 - 2018 Antwerpen
Postal address: Grote Markt 1 - 2000 Antwerpen
Tel: 
03 338 66 88

Open Monday to Friday from 9.00 a.m. to 12.00 a.m.

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