<![CDATA[European Commission - Enterprise and Industry]]> http://ec.europa.eu/enterprise/policies/sme/publications/index_en.htm European communities Sat, 27 Dec 2014 09:39:32 GMT Newsroom_2.0 20 <![CDATA[Copernicus satellite data - Down to Earth business opportunities]]>

Published : Mon, 24 Nov 2014

Exactly 500 years after the mathematician and astronomer Nicolaus Copernicus released a groundbreaking manuscript that named the sun, rather than the earth, as the centre of the solar system, the EU Earth observation programme bearing his name is [...]

]]>
Sun, 23 Nov 2014 23:00:00 GMT
<![CDATA[Access to Finance - SMEs taste success thanks to EU funding]]>

Published : Wed, 19 Nov 2014

Entrepreneurs in the EU Member States, from chocolate makers in Belgium to roof makers in Slovenia, were given the business boost they needed thanks to the successful Competitiveness and Innovation Framework Programme (CIP) from the European Commission. [...]

]]>
Tue, 18 Nov 2014 23:00:00 GMT
<![CDATA[The EU Toy Industry - The Economy of Child’s Play]]> Published : Mon, 17 Nov 2014

Every Christmas the toy industry enjoys a flood of sales, but with challenges such as counterfeiting, demographic changes and technology advancements, they must adapt to stay afloat and at the same time ensure that toys are safe.

]]>
Sun, 16 Nov 2014 23:00:00 GMT
<![CDATA[Taiwan Factsheet]]> Published : Thu, 06 Nov 2014

Intellectual Property (IP) is a primary method for securing a return on investment in innovation and is particularly relevant to Small and Mediumsized Enterprises (SMEs) as they internationalise their business to areas such as Taiwan.

]]>
Wed, 05 Nov 2014 23:00:00 GMT
<![CDATA[Guide on EU funding for the tourism sector (2014-2020)]]>

Published : Thu, 16 Oct 2014

As the third largest EU economic sector, tourism has a wide-ranging impact on economic growth, employment and social development. The European Commission is therefore constantly working on the development of new tools and services contributing to boost the competitiveness of the European tourism sector.

]]>
Wed, 15 Oct 2014 22:00:00 GMT
<![CDATA[The China IPR SME Helpdesk Services Brochure]]> Published : Tue, 09 Sep 2014

The China IPR SME Helpdesk has produced a one-page infographic to concisely summarise the services it provides to EU SMEs.

]]>
Mon, 08 Sep 2014 22:00:00 GMT
<![CDATA[A world of business opportunities at your fingertips]]> Published : Fri, 06 Jun 2014

Steered by the European Commission, the Enterprise Europe Network is helping SMEs realise innovations, create new business partnerships and access finance.

]]>
Thu, 05 Jun 2014 22:00:00 GMT
<![CDATA[The China IPR SME Helpdesk guide on “China IPR Considerations for European Businesses in the ICT Industries”]]> Published : Wed, 12 Mar 2014

China’s IPR protection system is expanding and improving, but differences with the European system remain.

]]>
Tue, 11 Mar 2014 23:00:00 GMT
<![CDATA[Removing roadblocks for citizens moving with their cars in the EU ]]>

Published : Thu, 12 Dec 2013

A European Commission proposal will simplify registration processes and reduce formalities associated with moving automobiles throughout the EU.

]]>
Wed, 11 Dec 2013 23:00:00 GMT
<![CDATA[EU SME Centre infographic: Importing wine to China]]>

Published : Wed, 09 Jan 2013

Besides an explanation of the individual steps necessary to import wine from the EU to China, this interactive infographic provides definitions of the main actors involved in the process, examples of necessary certificates and details about the applicable standards. Links connect this easy-to-use application to additional sources of information.

]]>
Tue, 08 Jan 2013 23:00:00 GMT
<![CDATA[The machinery sector in China - the latest report]]>

Published : Wed, 09 Jan 2013

The Chinese machinery industry has been undergoing continuous rapid growth at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of around 25% in the last ten years.

]]>
Tue, 08 Jan 2013 23:00:00 GMT
<![CDATA[Quiz: EU SME Centre Are you ready for China? ]]>

Published : Wed, 09 Jan 2013

This online questionnaire will help newcomers to China to assess their readiness to develop their business on the Chinese market and provides tips as to how they can close the gaps.

]]>
Tue, 08 Jan 2013 23:00:00 GMT
<![CDATA[Enterprise & Industry magazine n° 13 - July 2012]]>

Published : Thu, 26 Jul 2012

The European Commission has made a number of initiatives and programmes available to ensure that small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) – widely recognised as being the backbone of the European economy – continue to thrive during this time of financial hardship. The 13th [...]

]]>
Wed, 25 Jul 2012 22:00:00 GMT
<![CDATA[Helping EU enterprises seize opportunities in Japan and Korea]]> Published : Fri, 06 Jul 2012

If you are considering entering these markets or expanding your activities there, the European Commission offers two valuable programmes to help you to do so. Previous participants explain how their companies benefited from the Executive Training Programme (ETP) and the EU Gateway Programme.

]]>
Thu, 05 Jul 2012 22:00:00 GMT
<![CDATA[Main EU funding opportunities for SMEs]]> Published : Fri, 29 Jun 2012

Big multinational companies tend to secure the lion’s share of Europe’s media coverage, with lots of articles being written about their activities and plans. However, the reality is that small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) are a crucial driver for our economy, representing more than 98% of European businesses. SMEs can [...]

]]>
Thu, 28 Jun 2012 22:00:00 GMT
<![CDATA[Multilingual chemical terminology]]> Published : Fri, 22 Jun 2012

Did you know that you can find online the key terms from the EU chemicals legislation in 22 EU languages?

]]>
Thu, 21 Jun 2012 22:00:00 GMT
<![CDATA[Building a new industrial revolution in Europe ]]> Published : Fri, 22 Jun 2012

The European Commission is developing ways for a radical reshape of European industry so as to boost sustainable growth. As part of that effort, it has launched a public consultation asking stakeholders for their input into a mid-term review of its industrial policy communication. This review will focus on developing [...]

]]>
Thu, 21 Jun 2012 22:00:00 GMT
<![CDATA[A Word from the SME Envoy ]]> Published : Fri, 08 Jun 2012

Daniel Calleja Crespo is the European Commission's SME Envoy, ensuring an active interface with small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs).  Enterprise & Industry magazine has met Mr Calleja to discover more about the mission of the EU SME Envoy and that of national Envoys appointed by Member States.

]]>
Thu, 07 Jun 2012 22:00:00 GMT
<![CDATA[EU measures for SMEs reaping results ]]> Published : Thu, 24 May 2012

The Competitiveness and Innovation Programme (CIP) promotes actions that address the challenges European industry is facing, with a special focus on the needs of small and medium-sized enterprises. The programme has been successful in meeting its main objectives according to a recent report, which highlights several of its achievements. Building [...]

]]>
Wed, 23 May 2012 22:00:00 GMT
<![CDATA[Latest trends in European Tourism]]> Published : Fri, 11 May 2012

Tourism has a huge impact on the EU economy affecting up to 14 million jobs. A 2012 survey offers an interesting insight into the preferences of European tourists and shows that 73% of the EU respondents plan to travel this year.

]]>
Thu, 10 May 2012 22:00:00 GMT