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Small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs)

Enterprise Europe Network and International Business Support

The Enterprise Europe Network provides a wide range of services to SMEs and entrepreneurs, among others, helping them to access market information, overcome legal obstacles and identify potential business partners across Europe, including innovation support and transnational technology transfer services.

The Enterprise Europe Network comprises about 600 partners in 49 countries employing around 3 000 experienced staff helping to increase the competitiveness of EU businesses.

The Network offers a whole host of services, here is a taste of some of the services on offer:

  • Providing practical information on market opportunities, European legislation, helping SMEs to find suitable business partners using its business and technology cooperation database, providing information on tender opportunities and international networking.
  • Developing the researchand innovation capacities of SMEs by helping to create synergies with other research actors, foster technological cooperation and holding brokerage events.
  • Helping SMEs to share research results, participate in research programs and apply for funding, particularly from the EU's Seventh Framework Programme for Research and Technological Development (FP7).
  • Involving SMEs and business actors in the policy-making process, by transmitting feedback to the Commission

Please visit the Network website, get in contact with your local partner, and learn about the more than 13.000 offers and requests for cooperation with other companies.

International Business support for EU SMEs

The report of the study on the Opportunities for the Internationalisation of European SMEs has now been published. It looks at business support for EU SMEs in international markets and incorporates a survey programme of SMEs and review of international support providers.

The study focuses on three main elements: an assessment of the market potential for SMEs in key markets outside the EU, an examination of the options to better connect European SMEs to international markets, and a review of specific measures to facilitate the access of European SMEs to these markets.

The key findings, together with the main report and background documents are now available.

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