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)


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).


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)


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.

Iris celebration 2017

Celebrate the 28th anniversary of the Brussels-Capital Region during the "Irisfeest / fête de l'Iris" on May 6 and 7! There are free concerts, street animation and a wide range of activities throughout Brussels.

On Sunday May 7th, between 12 and 18h, the Brussels Park will be occupied by over 100 Brussels associations who will present themselves in an interactive and original way. Don't forget to pay us a visit in the big tent of the Brussels Public Service, where Brussels Economy and Employment will be represented with a stand and animation for kids. Take part in the family quiz or have your picture taken in the photobooth with all kinds of items linked to our administration.

Furthermore there will be a wide range of sports, culture, heritage, street theater, circus, workshops available in the park ... and afterwards you can enjoy the Iris Food Corner at the square next to the Royal Palace.

See you on May 7th!

More info and programme

 


New adress for Brussels Invest & Export

At the beginning of March, Brussels Invest & Export will be leaving its offices in the Avenue Louise 500. This move constitutes an important step in the rapprochement process between Brussels Invest & Export, Atrium.brussels and Impulse.brussels. The new cooperation is meant to optimise the services offered Brussels companies.
BI&E will welcome you in their new offices as of 6 March 2017. Phone numbers and e-mail addresses will not change.


New address:
Brussels Invest & Export
Chaussée de Charleroi 112
1060 Brussels

 


Exaris is 10 years old!

Founded in 2007 by three partners, Actiris, Daoust and P&V, Exaris Intérim is a cooperative society for temporary employment or the very first "social employment agency" in the Brussels Region. This unique social interim initiative aims to integrate less skilled young people from Brussels by offering them temporary job assignments so they can subsequently obtain a fixed-term or indeterminate employment contract. So temporary employment is used as a stepping stone to a permanent job.

February 14 Exaris Interim celebrated its 10th anniversary. In those 10 years - with the support of the Brussels Capital Region - more than 3,650 young, low-skilled job seekers have been granted an interim contract while benefiting from personalized job coaching. As a result 576 young people have been able to sign a permanent contract with Exaris customers. In 2016, for example, 988 people were coached and 560 of them were offered an interim assignment.

Learn more about Exaris on their website (in Dutch and French).


Service vouchers: want to start up this activity?

Every company that wishes to pursue activities that are paid for with service vouchers in the Brussels Capital Region must apply with the Region for authorisation. To obtain this authorisation, the manager or an employee of the company must take a one-day training course. This training concerns the service voucher system: the regulation, the functioning of the system, the training fund, etc. The training is organised by Brussels Economy and Employment, in the presence of Sodexo and the sectorial service voucher fund.
 

Brussels wins Regional Innovation Award

The Brussels Regional Program for Circular Economy (BRPCE) received the "Regional Innovation Award 2016". This award puts Brussels at the top of European policy in the field of circular economy.

The award for regional innovation is organized by the Assembly of European Regions (AER) and distinguishes the European regional authorities and their partners who stimulate, promote and implement innovation. The prize encourages best practices by showing how regions can contribute to regional economic welfare.

The circular economy aims to drastically reduce the waste of resources while reducing the impact on our environment and increasing prosperity.

Brussels played its trump card by adopting the Regional Program for Circular Economy as early as March 2016. This program consists of 111 measures that provide Brussels and its population with the necessary means to accelerate the transition from "to mine-produce-consume-throw away" to "repair-produce-consume-reuse".


Responsive websites

Recently, the websites of Brussels Economy Employment and Brussels Invest & Export have become fully responsive. This means it does no longer matter whether you are surfing with a PC, laptop or smartphone: the new websites automatically adapt to the screen size of the device you are using.

The second major change is the new URL of the websites. The suffix ".irisnet.be" has disappeared and was replaced by ".brussels".  From now on the URLs to remember are: www.economy-employment.brussels and www.invest-export.brussels.

 


News on service vouchers

For authorized service voucher companies and their employees: new app to register performances!
 
Job Tracker is a (mobile) application for electronic service voucher employees. This application allows employees to enter their performances in a few simple steps. They just have to download the app on their smartphone, enter the name of their clients and the hours they worked for them.
 
You can find all information about this app on the Sodexo website (in NL and FR).
 
For all service voucher users: new bank account!
 
Since the regionalization of service vouchers on January 1, 2016 a new bank account was put into use for ordering service vouchers: BE28 0017 7246 3620.
 
Please note that the old account is no longer active!
 

Wanted : hackatons !

A call for projects for the organisation of hackathons in the Brussels Region is launched by the Secretary of State in charge of IT and Digitalisation and the Brussels Regional Public Service. Application dossiers for grants must be sent before 15/09/2016.
 
Fancy organising a hackathon and contributing towards solving problems faced by people in Brussels ? Check whether you are eligible for a grant.
  • You represent a non-profit organisation or a formal association, situated in the Brussels-Capital Region and active in the area of IT.
  • You plan to organise a hackathon within the Brussels-Capital Region between 1 October and 31 December 2016.
  • The hackathon will aim to contribute towards solving one of society's problems by enabling collaboration between programmers, all kinds of developers, and project managers, with a view to creating a software project.
  • You can submit your grant application with the Brussels Regional Public Service, before 15/09/2016.
 
 

Small Business Act: 77 specific measures for SME's and self-employed

The Brussels government has approved the Small Business Act, a plan to support SME's and entrepreneurship.  Between 2016 and 2025 some 77 measures will be implemented, aimed specifically at SME's and self-employed.

The SBA aims to create a business friendly environment, to improve access to financing, to focus on  diversity, to improve relations between SME's and the Brussels capital region and to support businesses through societal evolutions.The plan is the fruit of months of consultation with the various economic operators and the public services that are active on that domain.
 
 
 

Tourist accommodation: in force as of 24/04/2016

Guest rooms, studios, tourist residences, youth hostels, camping sites, hotels, etc. All tourist accommodations in the Brussels-Capital Region are now subject to a regulation. Everyone who runs or wishes to run this type of accommodation must fulfill a series of general and specific requirements. Among other things, a prior declaration file must be submitted to Brussels Economy and Employment so as to have the accommodation registered in one of the defined categories. 
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