Setting up your business in the EU doesn't have to be double Dutch!

There are different ways to do business in the EU: VAT registration is a minimum, then setting up a branch, subsidiary or relocating your head office to the EU. The Netherlands is the best place to set up your business. Not only is Rotterdam the Gateway to Europe with extensive warehousing facilities, the Netherlands is an innovative and business-friendly environment!


Establishing your own private limited company (Dutch BV) in the Netherlands gives you major advantages over your competitors:


Advantages of a Dutch BV:


You don’t have to be resident in the EU to form or run the company;


You only need 1 EUR in share capital;


Your company will pay some of the lowest corporation tax rates in the EU:

2021: 15% (below 245,000 EUR)
2022: 15% (below 395,000 EUR)


Withholding tax on dividends is only 15%! 

Advantages of the Netherlands as a location for your business

The Netherlands is a fantastic location for doing business both in the EU and with the rest of the world. It is the logistics hub of Europe. Rotterdam — by far the largest and busiest sea port in the EU — handles 465 million tons of cargo annually, over twice the volume of Antwerp, its nearest rival and second in the EU. In addition to the multi-modal sea, rail and road infrastructure, extensively-used canals and internal waterways connect Rotterdam to the Rhine, providing an environmentally-friendly freight channel to the huge German market and beyond. It is a veritable gateway to Europe, with enormous warehousing facilities.

Short, fast and direct UK transport links

If you and your business are currently based in the UK, you’ll want the best possible connections to your new location by air, land and sea:   


• Amsterdam airport is a global hub that connects almost any British international airport to the rest of the world; 


• The Eurostar will take you from central London to Rotterdam in just 3 hours and 13 minutes, a relaxing an environmentally-friendly way to travel through Europe;  


• There are direct ferry links from Hull and Harwich to the Netherlands, with travel more akin to an overnight cruise, with a cinema, restaurant and luxurious cabins, that will take you to the Hook of Holland, located opposite Rotterdam Europort, from where you can reach central Rotterdam or The Hague in just half an hour. 


KvK Registration   

Companies in the Netherlands are registered with the Dutch Chamber of Commerce (KvK) in the Commercial Register (Handelsregister).  



The Dutch equivalent of a UK private limited company is called a “Besloten Vennootschap met Beperkte Aansprakelijkheid”, more commonly known as a “Besloten Vennootschap” or BV. A BV is a legal entity and can be set up by individuals or partners (shareholders). As a director, your private liability is limited.


Virtual or Real Office?

Many company formation service providers will tell you that a postbox or virtual office in the EU is enough for your business, but if you want a VAT number or bank account (essential if you have a business!) it simply isn't. If you want full access to the EU, you will need real and effective EU presence in a physical office.  But don't worry, with EUify it doesn't have to cost the earth! 

We offer cost-effective EU-compliant, upscalable office and management solutions providing full access to the EU for your business, putting you back on a level footing with your EU competitors and way ahead of your British ones.


We are ready to help you grow your business in The Netherlands, with relocation and recruitment services, we hope you like it as much as we do!  

Bookkeeping Services

You can outsource all or part of your business administration, which often depends on whether you're running a flex, physical or virtual office in the Netherlands. For a business looking to reduce their corporation tax, any bookkeeping expenses are easily offset from financial gains. 


Submit annual returns and tax

Our accountants will submit your company's annual returns to tax authorities with any tax return payments.

Banking Services

With a EUR account in the EU, you'll be able to take advantage of low-cost or free online SEPA transactions. With a multi-currency account, enjoy low banking charges on transactions in GBP, USD, RMB and other currencies. You can operate your bank account from your desktop or phone! 


Director / Tax Representative

 If you nominate a EUify agent as a director or tax representative, we can handle all company registrations, business taxes and customs administration, being an established legal entity in the Netherlands as well as providing financial security for the VAT.

UBO Registration 

Since 27 September 2020 it is mandatory to register the ultimate beneficial owner of a Dutch company in the Ultimate Beneficial Owner (UBO) Register. This measure is the result of the EU anti-money laundering legislation, and is set out in the Dutch Prevention of Money Laundering and Terrorist Financing Act (Wet ter voorkoming van witwassen en financiering van terrorisme, (Wwft)) and the Commercial Register Act (Handelsregisterwet). 


The ultimate beneficial owner of a company is defined as a person with over 25% of shares or voting rights of a company or is otherwise effectively in control of the company. This UBO register is part of the trade register and will be managed by the Netherlands Chamber of Commerce (KVK). The UBO register is not the same as the Central Shareholders Register (Centraal Aandeelhoudersregister, CAHR). 


Postal Services
We offer a scalable postal address delivery forwarding service for our clients (daily, weekly or monthly). To reduce costs, we can open, scan and email your documentation on a daily/ weekly/ or monthly basis).

Register or renew a .eu domain name

Since Brexit, the first sign of a business up and running in the EU is an EU domain name. It signals to potential clients that you take the EU market seriously, and that you have an established presence there. For those wanting to renew or buy top-level dot EU (.eu) domain names, we've got it covered!