Brussels Capital Region at agricultural fair of Libramont

The Agriculture Team of Brussels Economy and Employment will be present with its own stand at the Libramont Fair on Saturday July 28 and thus ensures the very first participation of the Brussels-Capital Region. The theme "Who will feed our cities tomorrow?" Is the perfect occasion to put Brussels urban agriculture, the Good Food Strategy and the agricultural producers themselves in the spotlight.

The Agriculture Team will present, among other things, the Brussels agricultural policy, the call for projects, the fruit and vegetable distribution for schools, the urban agriculture facilitator .... Videos will illustrate the Brussels GoodFood strategy, that is the ambitious goal of the Region to produce 30% of our fruit and vegetables locally by 2035.

However, the real stars are Ferme Nos Pilifs, BIGH, Les Champignons de Bxl, Eclo and Urban Harvest. These 5 producers supported by the Region are engaged in urban agriculture in open ground, in cellars and on roofs, with techniques such as hydroponics, insect breeding, vertical agriculture ... They will themselves be present to propagate their passion for agriculture in an urban context and to present their products to the general public.

The stand also boasts a real 'show cooking corner' where a chef will prepare surprising meals with products from Brussels urban agriculture. In this way, the public will literally be able to taste a nice sample of Brussels urban agriculture.

We hope to see you there and then!

Website Agricultural Fair of Libramont


Tourist accomodation: mandatory registration

Are you considering offering accommodation via Airbnb or another booking site? You need to know that accommodation hire between one night and 90 days per client has been regulated since April 2016.

Before beginning to operate tourist accommodation in the Brussels-Capital Region, you need to register your accommodation with our administration.

Discover the procedure that should be adhered to before offering vacation rental, temporarily letting a room within your own residence, opening a hotel or offering any other type of tourist accommodation.


4 new calls for projects

Four new project calls were launched in May.

Be Digital

Be Digital is a new project call aiming at providing answers to the challenges involved in the digital switchover, as well as developing digital entrepreneurship in the Brussels Region.

These challenges include:

  • the awareness of young people for science, technology, engineering, art and mathematics (STEAM).
  • the development of digital tools related to the challenges of the digital transformation of cultural and creative industries, the aging of the population, the upgrading of the STEAM professions and sales opportunities.

What can you get? Financial support from the Region, assistance from all services offering support to companies (on request), and the success of your project.

The project carriers can submit their project until 13th July 2018.

You would like to know more? An information session will take place in Coop.brussels on 14th June 2018 at 3pm. Registration is required via mail to projeteconomie@sprb.brussels.

You will find all necessary information and documents here: in French or in Dutch.

 

Social Economy

The project call "Brussels innovative social enterprises and collaborative platforms" is intended for all enterprises, self-employed and non-profit organisations developing social economy activities in the Brussels-Capital Region and that meet one of the five following project types:

  • Starters: innovative projects
  • Scaling up: upscaling
  • Combining strengths between companies
  • Formalisation of informal economy
  • Collaborative platforms

What can you get? You can receive a specific financial support of up to 80,000 €.

Closing date for project call: 25/07/2018 before midnight.

Information sessions: on 31st May 2018 at Brussels Economy and Employment and on 11th June 2018 at COOPCITY. Compulsory registration via emploi@sprb.brussels.

You will find all necessary information and documents here: in French or in Dutch.

 

Brussels Small Business Act

The call is intended for all economic operators (company, association without profit, independents, etc.) established in the Brussels Region that propose a project that relates to measures from the Small Business Act in connection with the following 5 challenges:
  • Raising awareness for the transfer or takeover of companies
  • Entrepreneur co-operatives and shared enterprises
  • Guidance and support for social entrepreneurship
  • Active prevention of companies in difficulty
  • Information and support for entrepreneurs with a diverse background

The 4 selection criteria for assessment are: the quality and relevance of the project, the expertise and experience of the project carrier, the scope, the expected results and the costs of the project. You can receive financial support and the success of your project will be put in the spotlight. This call for projects ends on 6 July 2018.

Interested? On 13 June 2018, there will be an information session at Minister Gosuin's Cabinet at 2 pm: compulsory registration via projeteconomie@sprb.brussels.

You can find all necessary information and documents on our website in Dutch or in French.

 

Diversity and anti-discrimination

This call for projects aims at actions that combat discrimination in employment and /or support diversity in the Brussels-Capital Region. It is addressed to all private associations and local authorities that want to develop projects in this sense. The reward is a financial support of at least € 5000 for your project. The competition jury will draw up a ranking of the projects that best meet the following 6 criteria: the agreement with the regional objectives regarding diversity, the technical-budgetary credibility of the project, its innovative character, the impact on the employment of the target groups in the Brussels Region, combating multiple and overlapping forms of discrimination, and the quality of possible partnerships.

How to participate? Projects must be submitted by midnight on 1 July 2018 via email to emploi@sprb.brussels.

An information session with Brussel sEconomy and Employment will be organized on May 30, 2018 at 10 am (salle Atomium - Rue du Progrès, 80/1). Registration via mail to emploi@sprb.brussels.

You can find all necessary information and documents on our website in Dutch or in French.


Launch of the call for projects "Open Soon 2018"

The 2018 edition of the project call "Opensoon" was launched on May 2nd. This call aims to increase the number of new, original, high-quality shops in the Brussels-Capital Region in order to ensure well-developed trade districts.

This project call is a collaboration between Brussels Economy and Employment and hub.brussels and is aimed at future shopkeepers/traders who want to start a commercial activity in the Brussels region.

It is a competition formula whereby a multidisciplinary advisory committee will assess the projects on 3 selection criteria: financial viabilty, originality and quality. Good to know: a circular, sustainable project will give rise to a higher subsidy!

What can you obtain?

  • Guidance that consists of:
    • a coaching phase in order to achieve your best project and position it commercially;
    • a consultancy phase to find the most suitable place for your activity;
  • Financial support of up to € 15,000

How do you respond to the call for projects?

Consult all info and regulations on our website in French or Dutch.

Contact hub.brussels via opensoon@hub.brussels.


Next Tech 2018

Once again the Brussels-Capital Region launches a new edition of the call for projects NextTech.brussels. The objective? The further implementation of a number of measures from the Next Tech Plan that aims to create a favorable climate for boosting companies that are active in information and communication technologies (ICT).

The official start of the call for projects has been given. You can send in your application until May 30, 2018 at 10pm.

Watch our video to get inspired.

Interested? In need of financial support for your innovative project?
Please note the date of the information session in your diary: April 26, 2018 at 18h in the building of Hub.brussels (Chaussée de Charleroi 110,1060 Brussels) and  register by sending an email to projecteconomie@gob.brussels. 

More information on the website of Brussels Economy and Employment (in Dutch or French). 


2 new calls for projects - march

As in previous years, numerous projects can apply financial support. Two project calls have already been launched in 2018.

Urban agriculture

Would you like to set up a project in professional urban agriculture and are you still looking for financial support? Submit your application file before 30 March 2018!

The main purpose of this call for projects is to significantly increase the city's self-sufficiency in food supply through innovative, sustainable production that performs well on the environmental and economic level and also creates jobs. This call for projects is part of the broader Good Food Strategy.

Interested? You will find all information here (in French or Dutch).


Be Circular

This call for projects supports innovative projects that want to create or evolve the core business of one (or more) company(s) towards sustainability in a circular economy perspective.

In 2018, projects can be submitted in 3 categories:

  • Launch or development: addressed to Brussels companies for every project of launching or developing an economic activity in the field of the circular economy.
  • Circular construction sites: concerns every project of a construction company that develops innovative solutions to tackle the causes of the production of construction waste instead of the waste generated itself and thereby valorises the human resources that participate in the works.
  • Impact +: is aimed at Brussels companies - in terms of circular projects with a regional scope - with a major ambition in terms of impact on the environment, employment and the development of economic activities.

Projects can be submitted until May 15, 2018.

Interested? You will find all information here (in French or Dutch).


Subsidy Dating : Export

Would you like to receive a subsidy to export?

Brussels Economy and Employment organizes a series of "Subsidy Dating: export"-sessions to answer all your questions about the new subidies for foreign trade!

Until the end of March we offer you a personal appointment every Tuesday and Thursday afternoon in order to:

  • determine which support measures suit your project best,
  • explain the procedure and the deadlines,
  • help you to fill in the application form.

Before making an appointment, check whether your company meets the basic conditions to benefit from export support (in FR and NL only).

Make your appointment (in French or Dutch)


Kick-off be Circular 2018

In 2018, too, Brussels Economy and Employment will support projects, companies and entrepreneurs who dare to make their activities more sustainable with a strong focus on circular economy. Come and get inspired at BEL on the Tour & Taxis site!

You are cordially invited to:
  • meet the “be Circular” companies during three open door evenings on 19, 20 and 21 February;
  • take part in the kick-off of the call for projects “be Circular - be Brussels 2018”on Thursday 22 February.
The program includes the presentation of the call for projects 2018 and the award ceremony for last year’s laureates during a walking dinner. 
This gives you a unique opportunity to meet entrepreneurs who are active in the circular economy and to get to know their innovative projects.
 
You can find all information about the kick-off, the open door evenings and how to register, on the be Circular website.

New aid for foreign trade

In order to meet the expectations of SMEs in the Brussels-Capital Region, the support measures for foreign trade are being reformed. Do you want to go international? Then apply for a premium and benefit from a refund that can lead up to 75% of the costs.

On 1 January 2018, the 5 existing aids were modified and 3 new types of aid were added.

Discover the 8 new support measures:

• Consult the conditions to benefit from these new support measures for exports and download the aid application forms (In French and Dutch only) on www.primesexport.brussels

Download the brochure in French or in Dutch.

Happy New Year

 

Brussels Economy & Employment wishes you a very successful year!


Brussels wins the Eurocities 2017 Award

After the “Regional Innovation Award 2016”, the Brussels Regional Program for Circular Economy (RPCE) has yet again received international recognition. "Be Circular - Be Brussels" just won the Eurocities Award 2017 in the "Innovation" category.  

Brussels Economy and Employment launched eight calls for projects this year, including "Be Circular", which aimed at the development of innovative projects in the Brussels-Capital Region that meet the logic of the circular economy.

This call for projects was a collaboration between Brussels Economy and Employment, Brussels Environment, Innoviris, Impulse and Clean Brussels.

With this new award, the Brussels-Capital Region is confirming its position at the very European top of circular economy policy.

Discover the case study of “Be Circular – Be Brussels”.


Do you know BRUCEFO ?

Brussels Economy and Employment supports the agri-food sector: from a starting single-person business to a multinational. Our laboratory Brucefo offers a wide range of quality food analyses and provides expertly substantiated advice tailored to your company.

BRUCEFO, or in full "Brussels Centre for Food Expertises", carries out high-quality analyses and thus helps you to develop quality products. For example, we determine the exact expiration date, we detect allergens, we adjust your labeling in accordance with the regulations, and much more ...

Make sure to take a look at our webpage for more info!


BRUCEFO

Boulevard Industriel, 200 in 1070 Anderlecht

info@brucefo.be - 02 800 39 00


Laureates calls for projects 2017

Brussels Economy and Employment launched a total of eight calls for projects this year, with the aim of providing financial support to project managers in order to promote the economy, employment or urban agriculture in the Brussels Region. The calls are now closed and most of the the laureates are largely known in the meantime.

The project call "Sensitization of Youth for Entrepreneurship", for example, aimed at providing young people with the opportunity to gain experience in entrepreneurship. 7 projects were witheld, managed 20 beneficiaries.

Among the laureates was Groupe One, a specialist in sensitization, training and guidance on starting a company in a spirit of sustainable development, and BeStarter, which trains young entrepreneurs and introduces them to the start-up market.

To provide you with an image of what such a project can consist of, we give the floor to these two laureates in a short video (in French and Dutch).


Seminar "Boost your Exportations"

2018 will be a year of major changes for Brussels Invest & Export. A new name, a new agency with broader competences, but with the same ambition to support you in your export activities. Discover our action program for 2018, our various guidance services and the novelties in the field of financial support measures for exports that will take effect on 1 January 2018!

Infoseminar - Tuesday 5 December from 9:30 am to 1:30 pm - In the offices of Brussels Invest&Export located at Chaussée de Charleroi 112, 1060 Brussels (3rd floor).

During this event you can also meet with our responsible geographic zones and our specialists for financial support for export.

Discover the agenda...


Do you know the Sustainable Buildings Guide?

Are you a construction professional in Brussels? Are you planning to (re)build your office building? Then the "Sustainable Buildings Guide" is just the thing for you!

The Guide supports you to integrate all aspects of «sustainable development» (energy, water, mobility, comfort and health, ...) into your projects and was drafted with the help of specialized study agencies.

This guide offers concrete solutions for both new construction and renovation. Curious to see how the guide can help you with your projects tomorrow?

Discover the website: The Sustainable Buildings Guide (in Dutch and French)


New program “Fruits, vegetables and dairy products at school”

Starting from school year 2017-2018, the Brussels Capital Region will launch its own strategy in order to allow schools to distribute fruits, vegetables and dairy products to their students at no cost.

The "Fruit, vegetables and milk products at school”-program appeals to the wider "Good Food Strategy" and targets all students of French and Dutch primary schools in Brussels. The intention is to sensitize the younger generation to a positive way about the importance of balanced nutrition, with the emphasis on local, seasonal and healthy products.

Find out more about this program.


Horeca Brussels 2017 fair at la Bourse

October 23rd from 10 - 17h "Centrale de l’Emploi", in collaboration with the City of Brussels and the "Fédération Horeca", organises its second fair dedicated to the sector of hotels, restaurants and bars at the Bourse, Anspach Boulevard. 

The fair aims at :

• Jobseekers who are interested in a job or education in the catering sector.
• Employers / professionals who want to recruit skilled workers.
• Starters who want more information about financial tools and advice for starting up their business.

The event is free but registration is required on line

On the agenda : Job offers, training, advice, testimonials from young starters, tastings, conferences (support, regulation, ...) there's something for everyone!


Find a private employment agency

Are you looking for a private employment agency approved by the Brussels-Capital Region? Go to our new search engine which allows you to find a private employment agency in just a few clicks.

2016 activity report of the Brussels Regional Public Service

The activity report of the Brussels Regional Public Service gives a clear picture of the daily work in the administration, and explains at the same time  the most important competences of the Brussels capital region.

Simplifying, upgrading, collaborating, facilitating relocations, sharing, supporting and guiding, promoting equal opportunities and diversity, sustainable action: these are the eight themes around which the report was built. The richly illustrated report highlights seventy-seven projects carried out by the Brussels administration in 2016.

New this year is an interactive map of the region, which shows the projects discussed.

Discover the 2016 Activity Report in French and in Dutch.

 


Call for projects «Next Tech»

This call for projects will run from June 28 until the 1st of September 2017.

This call is intended for any innovative project that contributes to the creation of an environment that promotes the development and growth of companies in the field of information and communication technologies.

July 5th 2017 an information session will be organized with Brussels Economy and Employment.

Registration required via projeteconomie@sprb.brussels.

More information in French or Dutch