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Franchising

This information is provided by: Netherlands Enterprise Agency

Franchising is collaboration between independent businesses, namely the franchisor and the franchisee(s). A franchisee uses, for example, the name, formula, layout or advertising of the franchisor in return for a fee. In the Netherlands, franchising is not subject to any specific legislation. However, franchise parties are subject to general legislation, such as the Competition Act (Mededingingswet), the Trade Name Act (Handelsnaamwet) and the Benelux Trade Mark Act (Benelux merkenwet).

Franchise contract

The franchise parties record their agreements in a franchise contract, which usually includes:

  • a description of the retail format
  • the rights of use and the area assigned to the franchisee
  • the franchisor’s remuneration
  • the services provided by the franchisor
  • ownership provisions
  • insurance policies
  • the duration of the agreement

This information is provided by:

Netherlands Enterprise Agency