Front (L-R): Luc Frieden (Chamber of Commerce); Tom Oberweis (Chamber of Skilled Trades and Crafts); Credit: Luxembourg Chamber of Commerce

On Friday 12 July 2019, the Luxembourg Chamber of Commerce and the Chamber of Skilled Trades and Crafts signed a partnership agreement on enhanced collaboration with the House of Entrepreneurship, the one-stop shop for entrepreneurship and businesses in Luxembourg.

The signing took place in the presence of the Minister for Small and Medium-Sized Enterprises, Lex Delles, who announced that his ministry will ensure a stronger presence in the one-stop-shop in the future. The common objective is to develop the services offered to entrepreneurs and established managers and to simplify as much as possible the administrative procedures related to the creation and development of businesses.

In 2018, no less than 9,178 entrepreneurs visited the House of Entrepreneurship to request help from the one-stop shop advisors dedicated to entrepreneurship. These figures far exceed the attendance targets set in October 2016 when the one-stop-shop for entrepreneurs was launched in Luxembourg-Kirchberg.

For Luc Frieden, President of the Chamber of Commerce, this initiative, launched with the support of the General Directorate of Small and Medium-Sized Enterprises within the Ministry of the Economy in order to bring together under one roof all the stakeholders involved in the creation and development of companies in Luxembourg, is a real success story: "Together with the House of Entrepreneurship, the Chamber of Commerce, the Ministry of the Economy and the Chamber of Skilled Trades and Crafts demonstrate that by working together, it is possible to put in place pragmatic and effective solutions to support entrepreneurship in its most diverse forms"

Today, the House of Entrepreneurship brings together 24 partners, all of whom are permanently on site, including the General Directorate for Small and Medium-Sized Enterprises of the Ministry of the Economy, the ADEM (Agency for the Development of Employment), the Environment Agency, the SNCI (National Credit and Investment Institution), the IPIL (Intellectual Property Institute), the ITM (Inspectorate of Labour and Mines) and the Ministry of Digitalisation. In total, the House of Entrepreneurship and its partners have recorded more than 87,700 customer contacts since October 2016.

For the President of the Chamber of Skilled Trades and Crafts, Tom Oberweis, closer collaboration with partners involved in promoting and supporting entrepreneurship was a logical choice: "The Chamber of Skilled Trades and Crafts is a key player in promoting entrepreneurship in Luxembourg. Over the years, it has developed a wide range of advisory services in the creation/transmission and development of craft businesses, particularly at the technological, environmental, economic, social and legal levels. Having had a help desk at the House of Entrepreneurship's one-stop shop for two years, the Chamber of Skilled Trades and Crafts now offers its quality services from a permanent office".