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Habib Bik fled from Syria to the Netherlands five years ago and now has not one but two businesses in The Hague! His Hair & Beauty salon and Barbershop are located on Rijswijkseweg under the name Elegant. He owes his rapid growth to his ambition, strong team and the business loans he took out with BridgeFund.

By working hard, Habib has accomplished a lot in just a few years. Once he got to work, he was unstoppable. During the day he went to work in a hair salon in Leiden and in the evenings he worked at PostNL. His hard work paid off: after he first became a partner in a barbershop, he opened his own shop in February 768 !

Trial and getting up

And then came corona. Habib had to close his brand new business and couldn’t claim any subsidy because it had only just opened. “That was a difficult time but luckily we got through it. We also renovated during that period and for that I knocked on the door of BridgeFund. because it hadn’t been open for a year. “Fortunately, this was possible at BridgeFund. It was arranged fairly quickly and that enabled me to invest in my new business.” BridgeFund does not ask for piles of paperwork or annual figures, but looks at the financial situation of the moment.

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Habib in one of his affairs | Photo: Elegant

Men and women

Habib’s barbershop was doing so well that he soon ran out of chairs. “That’s why I decided to open a separate business for men. At the Hair & Beauty salon you will find everything in the field of beauty: from hair to nails and from eyebrows to make-up. Men can go to the Barbershop for cutting, shaving and grooming.”

Fast loan

Habib has already borrowed three times from BridgeFund. “I called my contact person Peter and it was done in no time. Within two days I had the money in my account.” This allowed Habib to continue to grow with his company. For example, he used the loans to lease two tanning beds and other new equipment for EMSculpting, laser hair removal, cryolipolysis and teeth whitening.

Hard workers

Elegant was able to grow because of the loans, but also because of Habib’s work mentality and his strong team. “I got hard and I have a good team. I love my job, it actually feels like a vacation every day. I enjoy it a lot and have nice contact with my customers.”

Nice cut

You would think that Habib is far too busy running his business, but he prefers to stand with the scissors in his hand every day. “Nice cut! I like to advise people, because they often don’t know what they want or what type of hair they have. I’d be happy to help them with that!”

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Habib cuts also like yourself | Photo: Elegant

Good atmosphere

Habib’s business is in a very mixed part of town. “A lot of different types come in here, but the atmosphere is always good. As a hairdresser, you must not only be able to deal with her, but also with people. That is one of the reasons why we have grown so much recently.”

At Bridgefund it is motto: money that can be put to work, that makes entrepreneurs happy. No bureaucratic hassle, but nice and quick and easy. As an entrepreneur, just like Habib, do you not like to stand still? Then look at and check your options for taking out a business loan.


For an outing that you won’t soon forget, go to Remastered under the Erasmus Bridge. Not in The Hague, but definitely worth a visit. It is not a festival, cinema or amusement park, but a bit of all that. You walk out of the experience with the feeling as if you have been to a super cool concert. You want to experience this!

Remastered in short: various ‘new’ artists, designers and DJs breathe new life into existing works of art using projections, special effects and music. And that’s very cool!

Pixels and speakers

More than 1.000 square meter, 60 state-of-the-art beamers, 150 million pixels, 30 speakers, kilometers of cable and the largest indoor LED screen in Europe : that’s Remastered Rotterdam. Here the art of the old Dutch Masters such as Van Gogh and Mondrian comes to life, you dive into the ocean to swim with fish and float through a cloudy sky.


You probably think of a museum when you think of art, and you may not like that at all. At Remastered you will see art passing by, but really in a completely different way. CEO Ron van der Meer: “This attraction is not just for creative people, but really for everyone. Whether you are eight or eighty-eight years old. Everyone walks out of here with a surprised look, big smile and full of stories.”

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Screens and beats

At Remastered, the classic Dutch Masters come together with the new guard. The Netherlands can be proud of a number of top DJs and also of tech gurus who are stars in making beautiful computer games and 3D animations. They breathe new life into the work of the old masters and suck you into the screens, as it were.

At a festival you enjoy the music and cool light shows. Here it is the other way around: you are surrounded by images and cool beats make it complete.

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This attraction is also very nice to visit with school or as a company outing. Pupils and students come into contact with art in a new way and Remastered is the setting for a next level Friday afternoon snack. Ron: “Recently 150 business people who hardly knew each other had a company outing here. As they walked out, there was a noise of chatter, for everyone was full of what they had been through.” A good ice breaker!


You can just create a )buy a ticket for Remastered, go with your friends or family or as a group from 50 to 350 man. The attraction is suitable for anyone from eight to eighty-eight years old. Ron: “Yes, also for the older audience. A few weeks ago a grandmother of 50 with a walker celebrated her birthday here. Everyone loved it!”

Remastered has been open for a year now and has been open for over 100. people have been amazed here. Want to experience this too? Then book your tickets.

The Hague has been since June 04100217 a cycle richer and not just one! Kringloop de Kerketuinen is spacious, the items are well preselected and you can enjoy a cup of coffee. In addition to the hidden gems that you can find here, you will also find special employees.

The cycle is part of the participation, care and welfare organization Hart voor Werk. Here, people with acquired brain injury or people with a distance to the labor market are given a place to find their place again in society.

Non-congenital brain injury

Why Hart voor Werk started this cycle? “The cycle is a resource for us,” explains one of the founders. “I have been working in healthcare for twenty years and missed a workplace for people with acquired brain injury (NAH). NAH is an injury to the brain that you sustain over the course of life. So you are not born with it. The injury can change a person’s behavior and functioning. With NAH you are often not who you used to be.”

“I wanted to create a place where they get a new chance. People with NAH can, for example, learn occupational skills with us under professional guidance. We ensure that this matches their interests. They are also (again) at the center of society through a meaningful day filling in and contact with other people. With us they come into contact with fellow sufferers and non-sufferers. Together they get to work and talk.”

Everything under one roof

Heart for Work consists of two floors: downstairs you will find the cycle, which also serves as a daytime place for clients. You will also find Partici Kitchen here: a place to make contact with each other and drink a cup of coffee.

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The recreational daytime activities are located on the first floor. Sporting and creative activities are organized there for people with NAH. Think of sports and exercise, painting, yoga and much more. “The client’s question is our main focus.”

Cycle and care institution

Cycle the Kerketuinen is therefore not not only a place full of beautiful things, but also a care institution. Professional care counselors work with the necessary knowledge and experience. “These are people who are primarily healthcare professionals and who also have a passion for the store. Not the other way around. That is the strength of this place.” Hart voor Werk is a HKZ certified care organization and a recognized training company.

Future perspective

“We also work with experts by experience. There are a number of people working with NAH, no longer as clients but really as their job. That is also nice for the clients, because this way they can see that they can also participate in society again as they did before their injury.”

Not only the clients are happy with Cycle the Church Gardens . “You never get NAH alone, it also has a lot of impact on a client’s family. It is a drastic situation for both the affected person and their loved ones. Hart voor Werk helps this group of people and their loved ones get back on track.”

Nice selection

Heart voor Werk is very happy with the cycle. “It is all nicely laid out. This was done with an eye on the customers, but also very nice for the shoppers. It’s all a bit more refined. We are very critical of what we sell.”

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Bringing things

Kringloop de Kerketuinen already has a beautiful, large and diverse range, but is of course always looking for to more. “If you bring your stuff here, you give not only the stuff but also the people a new chance.”

You can deliver your items yourself at the collection point behind the store. For large goods or if you want to clear a home or office, the Kringloop de Kerketuinen team will be happy to come to you.

You can find Kringloop de Kerketuinen on Kerketuinenweg 1000 in The Hague. View the site for more information. Click here for more information about what Hart voor Werk does for people with NAH and other target groups.

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