The negative trend has finally been bucked.
During the first half of 2010, 33,000 people started up in business.
This is 3% up on the same period last year.
The last time the number of new business rose was during the last half of 2007.
Johan Bortier of Unizo told the VRT that "Generally speaking, the rise is noticeable in all branches of the economy.”
“Heath care and social service provision are the only sectors that are lagging behind.”
"More new enterprises is a good thing for the economy.”
“Three percent is a good increase.”
“However, it’s still a long way off the figures for 2007”, Mr Bortier added.
Antwerp province had saw the most new business open, followed by Greater Brussels and East Flanders.