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European Commission

Press release

Brussels, 22 October 2012

Enterprise Europe Network reaches India and Canada, expands in China

The Enterprise Europe Network is opening the doors for small- and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) to key international markets, with new branches to open in India and Canada and a reinforced presence in China. This was announced at the Network's annual conference in Cyprus today. India is the latest country set to join the Network, with three new centres to start operating in New Delhi. An office will also shortly open in Canada, while four new branches in Shanghai and Nanjing have brought China's total to 27.

The EU-funded business and innovation support network, based in close to 600 local organisations in 52 countries, eases the way for companies to start trading abroad, find business or technology partners and access EU funding. Its presence in Europe, the Middle East, Asia and the Americas gives SMEs a foothold in established and emerging global markets.

European Commission Vice President Antonio Tajani, Commissioner for Industry and Entrepreneurship, said: "Europe’s small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) need access to the global economy if they are to flourish. The Enterprise Europe Network has a strong track record in supporting small business overseas, where EU SMEs have the opportunity to benefit from new export markets, foreign partnerships and cross-border clustering. These new Network branches in Asia and Canada will create even more opportunities for companies."

Enterprise Europe Network

Enterprise Europe Network- Partner of SMEs

Set up in 2008, the Enterprise Europe Network has been in contact with more than two million SMEs each year. For the partnership services, on average, the impact on turnover was 220 000 EUR per company. The total impact on sales growth is estimated at € 450 mio. The Network's partnership services generate about 1000 additional jobs every year.

The preliminary results of a recent survey of a sample of Network client companies highlight its contribution to jobs and growth:

  • Some 44 percent of respondents reported a positive impact on their turnover;

  • A q uarter of respondents who had found new business partners through the Network said that working with it had created or maintained jobs;

  • Almost three-quarters of commercial company respondents said the Network had helped them to access new markets;

  • Close to 60 percent of technology company respondents develop a new product, service or process, thanks to the Network.

Winning SMEs transform their businesses and save lives

Four SMEs won Network Stars Awards at the annual conference. These European Commission awards recognise companies who have used the Network to find opportunities abroad, develop their businesses or access EU funding for smart, sustainable and innovative ideas. This year's winners are:

Giving old tyres a new life: The Network helped Polish tyre firm SME Orzeł SA to reach a deal with Austrian company WIL AG to set up a recycling line on its premises in Poland and expand its business abroad. Watch a video about this project

Linking up to save lives: Having linked up through the Network, Swedish company Biovica International and British SME Sentinel Oncology are researching a promising new treatment against leukaemia, supported by €500,000 in EU funding from the EU’s Eurostars programme.

Contacts :

Carlo Corazza (+32 2 295 17 52)

Sara Tironi (+32 2 299 04 03)

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