Business partners & public contracts
Partnerships are an asset for entrepreneurs. Possibilities for mutually beneficial private sector partnerships range from production agreements to joint research projects, at home or abroad. Public authorities also offer opportunities for businesses – public contracts amount to a substantial percentage of the EU's gross domestic product (GDP).
How to Grow
This website helps creative professionals connect across Europe, learn about new ways to finance, find and share interesting news and documents, and attend live events from behind a desk – How to Grow is co-financed by the European Creative Industries Alliance (ECIA) and is an initiative of European Commission’s Directorate-General for Enterprise and Industry.
Finding business partners in other EU countries
Get in touch with potential business partners abroad and learn more about the different forms cross-border cooperation can take - production agreements, joint ventures, cooperative societies etc. Extensive national information available.
Enterprise Europe Network
Help and advice for small firms in EU matters, including accessing markets both within the EU and beyond and applying for funding – the Enterprise Europe Network offers personal support through a network of local contact points. An online database also provides B2B contacts and information on funding.
Baltic Cooperation Forum
This internet platform specialises in European-wide networking for small firms, helping them find business partners, publish and consult specific offers and access information on events, focusing on the Baltic region.
A network of logistics competence by partners in 15 countries from the Baltic to Balkan, promoting for example small businesses' opportunities to participate in the Framework Programme projects.
TED (Tenders Electronic Daily)
Online access to business opportunities: calls for tenders are made available free of charge for registered users, updated five times a week with approximately 1 500 public procurement notices from across the EU and beyond.
eCERTIS is a multilingual information system that helps you identify the different certificates and attestations needed for cross-border calls for tender in the 27 EU Member States, as well as Turkey, Croatia, Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway.
Benefiting from public contracts
The page gives access to links and advice for small firms regarding tendering procedures for public contracts.
Information on the situation in the different Member States, including on-line procurement portals, can be accessed via the right-hand navigation.
Facts and figures and the legal framework for the purchase of goods, services and public works by governments and public utilities in the EU.
Better access to public procurement for SMEs
SMEs are often left behind by larger firms when it comes to winning public contracts. This page gives information on initiatives to help them compete on an equal footing.
Easier access for SMEs to public procurement – code of best practices
This guide shows good practices by public contracting authorities to enable small firms to access public procurement more easily.