Want to establish a barbershop in Belgium or offer consultancy in Croatia? When it comes to business in the EU, there are no borders. The Single Market allows me to offer my products or services to over 500 million consumers. Goods, people, and capital can move freely between countries, so I can follow my business ambitions wherever they lead.
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starting or scaling a business
MY BUSINESS. MY LIFE.
Start, manage and grow a business with support from the EU
Setting up a business doesn’t have to mean breaking the bank. If I’ve had a bright idea, then the EU can provide me with the financial support I need through a wide range of local, regional and national initiatives. Whether starting a new business, or developing an existing one, I can apply for EU supported loans, microfinance, guarantees and venture capital to help.
In need of some solid advice? The Enterprise Europe Network can provide me with an experienced expert who understands my business model. They can create an action plan and help me get to grips with everything from finance to intellectual property. They can also help me find international partners to grow and scale my business abroad.
Fancy learning from the pros? If I’ve recently set up my own business, or I’m looking to do so soon, then I’m eligible for on-the-job training with an established SME anywhere in the EU. The Erasmus for Young Entrepreneurs scheme will give me experience of other European markets, which can help my new venture blossom.
Not when I’m registering my business in a Member State of the EU. The process can be completed online. What’s more, the EU encourages countries to register my business within three days. So no mountains of paperwork to worry about – setting up my business is simple and painless.
How it works
As one of the world’s largest economies, the European Union is the perfect place to start or scale up a business. The Single Market means that the European Union is considered as one big territory, so I just need to decide in which country or countries I would like to do business. 99.8 % of European businesses are SMEs, so EU policy is designed to promote SME growth by identifying and tackling the main problems they face, such as the time it takes to set up an enterprise. On top of this, the EU can give me what I need to get the very best out of my business idea; from finance to coaching, and business networks to exchange schemes.
Did you know
the percentage of the EU’s GDP that is generated by the free movement of goods.
of the EU budget is ring-fenced specifically for supporting SMEs until 2020.
My business can offer its goods or services to any other EU country without being based there. All I need is a pre-existing business in the country where I live.
The maximum amount I can apply for in a microloan to start or develop my business. I can also apply for a loan guarantee of up to €150,000 to support my SME.
The budget of the European Innovation Council, available to support ambitious and cutting-edge proposals. Read more
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