Charities opening Dutch offices after Brexit

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Four UK non-profit organisations have opened offices in the Netherlands ahead of the UK’s exit from the European Union next year. Writing in this month’s Charity Finance magazine, support organisation Euclid Network told how it decided to move its entire operation from the UK to The Hague in October last year. Director Stephen J Barnett said: “Some 70-80 per cent of our revenue is from EU programmes, so the value per year is something like €550,000 and the value to partners across Europe in projects we’re coordinating is another €450,000. If we lost the EU funding, there would probably be no organisation. “We talked about a range of options in all four corners of Europe, but felt that the Netherlands won out on the six factors we were considering. It had a strong local member in Social Enterprise NL, great transport links on rail and air, a good community of expats working for international NGOs, attainable staff costs and a solid international reputation. “And The Hague really emerged because it has that unique combination of being a city with a community of international NGOs in it and a strong local focus on social enterprises. The Netherlands edged ahead of Austria largely because of the ease of doing business in English, the closer rail links to Brussels and London, and the wider air connections around Europe.” – See more at: https://www.civilsociety.co.uk/news/charities-opening-dutch-offices-after-brexit.html#sthash.kKKeYA5x.dpuf

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