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    Near 7 000 enterprises have left Brussels in 5 years

    Most moved to Waterloo and Antwerp because of transport problems and lack of space Echo reported on Tuesday (13 September) that 6,889 companies have left the Brussels-Capital Region in the last five years and moved to mainly Flemish and Walloon Brabant. The figures were published in a study by Beci, the chamber of commerce in Brussels, and Bisnode, a data analysis company.

    Altogether 13,765 companies and self-employed people – thereof 6,889 companies – have left Brussels-Capital Region. The most affected communes are Brussels (City), Ixelles and Uccle (12%, 11.6% and 10.8%).

    The companies settled later in Flemish and Walloon Brabant, primarily in Waterloo, the most attractive town, followed by Antwerp. The move was primarily motivated by transport problems and limitations of space.

    Among the big companies are ENI, British American Tobacco, Citroën, Siemens and Levi Strauss.

    In five years, 10,141 new firms were established in Brussels-Capital Region but this was not enough to offset the departures, leaving a negative balance of 3,624.

    The Brussels Times (Source: Belga)