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The Enterprise Europe Network is a key instrument in the EU's strategy to boost growth and jobs. Bringing together around 600 business support organisations from more than 60 countries, the Enterprise Europe Network helps small companies seize the unparalleled business opportunities in the EU Single Market.
Member organisations include chambers of commerce and industry, technology centres, research institutes and development agencies. Most of them have been supporting local businesses for a long time. They know their clients' strengths and needs - and they know Europe.
As members of the Enterprise Europe Network they are linked up through powerful databases, sharing their knowledge and sourcing technologies and business partners across all Network countries. But they are also closely linked with the European Commission, which enables them to keep abreast of EU policies and to feed small companies' views on them back to Brussels.
Services tailored to small companies
Supporting small business is a cornerstone of the EU's drive for growth and jobs. Because 99% of all EU companies are small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs), accounting for 67% of jobs, what's good for SMEs is good for Europe's economy.
EEN offers support in finding business partners across the EU in two significant ways:
- by organising matchmaking events at international trade shows
- by publishing a regularly updated database of possible business partners, featuring profiles of companies from some 60 countries
The Enterprise Europe Network is co-financed under 'COSME' - an EU funding programme designed to encourage the competitiveness of European enterprises. The services are tailored to SMEs but are also available to all other businesses, universities and research centres.
The Enterprise Europe Network was launched in February 2008 by the Commission’s Directorate-General for Enterprise and Industry.
It is a true one-stop shop for small businesses with around 3,000 experienced staff ready to provide you with practical answers to specific questions in your language.
Learn more about the wide range of free services and get in touch with your local EEN branch today.