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Government steps to help entrepreneurs
Please note, we will try to update this regularly, but things can change fast of course. We will be adding the dates and times of measures.
As of Wednesday, March 18:
The Dutch government announced steps to help entrepreneurs and independent contractors/freelancers directly affected by financial consequences of the Coronavirus. In short:
The new temporary measure Employment Bridging Emergency Fund NOW (Noodfonds Overbrugging Werkgelegenheid) will provide financial help for employers to help pay their employees' wages. The unemployment benefit during short-time working scheme has been cancelled.
From 16 March 2020 to 1 April 2021, the SME credit guarantee (BMKB) scheme will be extended to help SMEs that are affected by the coronavirus secure bank guarantees and bridge financing.
The Business loan guarantee scheme (GO) is extended.
The financial support for self-employed professionals (Bbz) will be extended and the requirements for applying will be relaxed.
Entrepreneurs who have a loan from microcredit provider Qredits do not have to repay their loan for a period of 6 months. During this period, the interest will be reduced to 2%. The government supports Qredits with 6 million euros.
Be sure to check https://business.gov.nl/the-coronavirus-and-your-company/ for more information and eligibility.
National Institute for Public Health and the Environment: https://www.rivm.nl/en
City of Groningen: https://gemeente.groningen.nl/information-coronavirus
Government information for entrepreneurs: https://business.gov.nl/
Netherlands Tax and Customs Administration: https://www.belastingdienst.nl
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