Why Doing Business in Belgium ? Boasting a booming economy, a strong liberal democracy and strategic location in Europe's heartland, Belgium is an attractive prospect for businesses looking to expand or establish European headquarters. An outward looking country, Belgium is a founding member of the Eurozone, a dedicated advocate for European integration and home to the headquarters of the European Union (EU) and North Atlantic Treaty Organisation (NATO). This political internationalism is matched by Belgium's openness to foreign trade and investment. Belgium is the biggest exporter per capita in the EU and welcomes international businesses and corporation into its economic centres.
Despite Belgium's international outlook, the country is internally divided into two linguistically isolated, autonomous regions: Flemish-speaking Flanders and French-speaking Wallonia. Brussels, the country's capital, is officially bilingual (Flemish and French). While English is widely spoken and understood throughout most of the country, knowledge of, and sensitivity to, the complex regional variations in social and business culture is critical when establishing productive business relationships.
Communicaid's Doing Business in Belgium courses are designed to give you the skills necessary to build strong and positive relationships with Belgian colleagues, clients, and suppliers. After participating in a Communicaid Doing Business in Belgium course, you will possess the cultural tools necessary to interact effectively and productively with Belgian counterparts. Our courses, designed to be both engaging and informative, are delivered through a combination of in-depth background information and hands-on practical tips and business solutions.
Communicaid's Doing Business in Belgium courses will provide you with:
- A clear understanding of Belgian business culture including flexibility, compromise and
focus on international trade and export
- An awareness of cultural taboos and sensitivities between the different regions
- Tips to ensure successful business relations with your Belgian colleagues and clients
- Better understanding of potential business challenges and solutions for doing business in Belgium
- Practical strategies for doing business more effectively with Belgian counterparts
Who should attend
A Communicaid Doing Business in Belgium course will benefit you if you are:
- Considering doing business in Belgium
- Establishing partnerships with Belgian business counterparts
- Experiencing the challenges of doing business in Belgium
- Employing Belgian nationals your business or organisation
All our Doing Business in Belgium training courses are designed to meet the specific needs of our clients depending on their particular requirements and existing skills set. A Doing Business in Belgium course typically includes:
- Overview of Belgian culture and regional identities
- An understanding of Belgian people and their attitudes towards foreigners and expatriates
- Wallonia versus Flanders - what does it mean when doing business in Belgium
- Key Belgian industries and involvement with the European Union (EU)
- Belgium 's international outlook
- Business management and working styles in both regions of Belgium
- Appropriate business communication in Belgian companies
- Working practices in Belgium: greetings, meetings, presentations
- Using English as an international tool
- Practical strategies for overcoming the challenges of doing business in Belgium
Doing Business in Belgium programmes are available seven days a week, 365 days a year, either at one of our training centres in London , Paris, Frankfurt and New York or at your offices in any location worldwide. We usually recommend a one or two day course but can also offer a more flexible format to suit your schedule.
Relevant and engaging materials will be used throughout your course, and your trainer will provide you with personally tailored lesson plans to suit your own particular requirements.
The most appropriate training format, content and approach for your Doing Business in Belgium course will be discussed during your diagnostic consultancy.