Support measures for traders

Several support measures have been taken at the federal, regional and municipal level to minimize the economic impact of the coronavirus.

Federal support

All traders, including food and street vendors, can apply for:

  • Deferral of payment of VAT, withholding tax, social security contributions, personal income tax and corporate income tax
  • A replacement income for the self-employed (bridging right)
  • Temporary unemployment for companies

More info:

Regional support

  • Relaunch bonus (since 25 October 2021): for restaurants, cafes (and some of their suppliers), nightclubs, events, culture, tourism and sports. And support for companies in the tourist accommodation sector.
  • For companies that employ more than 10 FTE, the Brussels government wants to offer loans through Finance&invest.brussels that better meet the specific needs of these companies
  • Administrative support to traders to complete their formalities (by 1819)
  • Strengthening of the microcredit (Brusoc Recover): granting cash credits of up to 15,000 euros at a limited interest rate to self-employed persons, 'micro-enterprises' and social economy organizations
  • Oxygen loan for Brussels companies affected by the Covid-19 crisis (financing to relaunch activities)
  • ...

More info:

An overview of the premiums:

  • What Covid premiums are available? (hotels, events, cultural and creative sector, contact professions, 'non-essential' sectors,...)
  • Tetra+ bonus (nightclubs, restaurants, cafes and their main suppliers, events, culture, tourism and sport)

Private rental agreement?

  • Commercial rental loan (for companies that rent a commercial building located in the Brussels Capital Region)

Are you bound by a private rental agreement for your business or office and don't know how to approach your owner in light of your difficulties? For further legal advice or assistance, please contact:

Municipal support

At the municipal level, various support measures are proposed to support traders:

Economic recovery plan:

More info

Created on 31/03/2020 (modified on 25/10/2021)

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