The number of companies in the Netherlands grew faster in the first half of the year than in the comparable period a year earlier. The Chamber of Commerce (KvK) reports this on the basis of its own data. More than just starting entrepreneurs applied for registration. A smaller number of businessmen and women also stopped doing business. On July 1, 1,956,396 companies and self-employed were registered with the Chamber of Commerce. That is 3 percent more than the number at the start of the current year. In the first half of 2018, the growth in the number of registered companies was lower. People who spent less than fifteen hours a week on their company led the growth. Retailers and the hotel and catering industry were given a relatively higher number of new businesses. The provinces of South Holland and Flevoland also had relatively more self-employed people and companies in the past six months. The relative growth in the number of companies was the lowest in Drenthe.