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.
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.
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.
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).
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.
Happy New 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.
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 ...
Boulevard Industriel, 200 in 1070 Anderlecht
firstname.lastname@example.org - 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!
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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!
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.
Brussels Invest & Export
Chaussée de Charleroi 112
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.
Service vouchers: want to start up this activity?
More information and dates of the training (in French).
Brussels wins Regional Innovation Award
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".
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.
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Wanted : hackatons !
- 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 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