The Moneylender and his Wife, by Quentin Massys, reflects what scale-ups are going through now - keeping the cash flow alive during the COVID-19 crisis
The Moneylender and his Wife (Quentin Matsys, 1514)

What financial relief measures apply to my scale-up?

We have asked Suzanne Knottnerus, tax lawyer at griph and co-founder of, her take on how you can make use of the governmental measures to keep your cash flow alive during the COVID-19 crisis.

Scale-up CEOs:

What can you do now?

Protect your employees

  • Provide clear communication to employees on what to do
  • Provide autonomy and decentralize decision making
  • Provide an infrastructure for remote work

Get in sufficient cash

  • Strive for 3 months of cash at hand
  • Immediately pursue options for extending loans, and accounts payable. Make use of rescue propositions from government

Secureyour supply

  • Ensure adequate buffer stock of crucial parts and other inputs on hand
  • Check the situation at key suppliers and ensure their reliability

Help in the community

  • Target community outreach organizations in your area
  • Encourage your employees to volunteer

Commit to your customers

  • Reach out to and stay close to your customers. Help them.

Step up your business model

  • Reframe your value proposition to adjust to your customers’ new needs

How can we help?

Could you use a sounding board, an introduction, an expert to ask questions of, a brainstorm for keeping team spirits high? Get in touch and we’ll do everything we can to find the right support. It’s times like this the ScaleUpNation community was built for



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Chamber of Commerce (KvK)

KVK opened a virtual ‘corona-office’ (webpage only in Dutch) for business-related questions. The office can be reached by phone during working hours on Tel. 0800.2117.

Netherlands Enterprise Agency (RVO)

RVO offers a webpage about the impact of the coronavirus on business in English and Dutch.

Dutch Banks

Several large Dutch banks (ABN AMRO, ING, Rabobank, de Volksbank and Triodos Bank) announced that their customers are given an additional six months to repay their loans up to € 2.5m.

Tax and Customs Administration (Belastingdienst)

Companies can ask for a postponement  of paying, among others, income- and/or wage taxes in. The rules and procedures can be found here (Dutch only).