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Small and medium sized companies are the engine of Europe's economy, accounting for 80% of European jobs created in the last five years. In Business Planet, we talk to those entrepreneurs who have succeeded and find out how they did it.

    SMEs: Seizing Global opportunities

  • Hong Kong hub: opening up Asian markets to European SMEs
    06/03 11:13 CET

    Hong Kong hub: opening up Asian markets to European SMEs

    Hong Kong has long attracted European entrepreneurs as a vital hub and springboard to Asian markets. It is very much a non-stop, business-friendly and dynamic city. Now it holds even more…

  • - Entering third country markets is proportionally more difficult for SMEs than for large companies. At present, only about 9.7 % of the manufacturing SMEs export goods to countries outside the EU.
  • - SMEs exploring global markets are more competitive, since they also tend to be more productive, more innovative and more skill intensive.
  • - The European Commission proposes to explore the need for policy measures specifically targeted to these companies which have the potential to operate in the markets outside the EU.

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    Digital entrepreneurship

  • Riga at the heart of Europe's digital revolution
    20/02 11:13 CET

    Riga at the heart of Europe's digital revolution

    Start-ups in digital are a stunning success story in Europe's otherwise stagnating economy. As the experiences of many in Latvia show, there is nothing to stop SMEs going global.

  • - The digital economy is growing at seven times the rate of the rest of the economy, while the borderless nature of web enterprises helps them to conquer foreign markets.
  • - The impact of web start-ups on economic growth and job creation will further increase as the functionalities of Internet expand.
  • - Web businesses are one of the primary creators of innovation and new jobs.

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  • - The digital economy is growing at seven times the rate of the rest of the economy, while the borderless nature of web enterprises helps them to conquer foreign markets.
  • - The impact of web start-ups on economic growth and job creation will further increase as the functionalities of Internet expand.
  • - Web businesses are one of the primary creators of innovation and new jobs.

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  • - Social innovation designates new solutions (products, services, models) that meet social needs or societal challenges more effectively than alternatives.
  • - Systemic change is sought in the long term with progressive shifts in the way our economies and societies operate and interact.
  • - There is no strict definition, since the field is expanding and touches upon various sectors (e.g. education, healthcare, inclusion, urban regeneration, transport or energy).
  • - It is about taking advantage of challenges to create new jobs or new types of jobs. It offers growth potential and positive externalities for societies and public budgets.
  • - This means to prove that social innovation is worth investing and to encourage more entrepreneurs, businesses, intermediaries, financial institutions to enter the field.

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Previous editions

  1. Inspired industry: Creative Wallonia's recipe for success
  2. The gentle art of branding
  3. Upgrade to the circular economy
  4. European SMEs' expertise fuelling growth in Malaysia
  5. How to get financing for a start up with no credit history
  6. Entrepreneurs find a helping hand through Erasmus
  7. Mum's the word: 'Mompreneurs' find the right balance
  8. Making the most of the net effect
  9. The business benefits of EU chemical regulation
  10. Help at hand: making the most of EU financial support tools
  11. Power to the people with renewable energy cooperation
  12. Spain's Lerida cluster entrepreneurs boost international sales
  13. How to get EU funds to grow your SME
  14. Italian Dolomites: not just for profit
  15. Educating entrepreneurs: university support for budding business leaders
  16. Sweet success in Dublin, the experience of being an entrepreneur
  17. Micro-management: why small businesses are flourishing in Latvia
  18. Kick start Korea
  19. Turning Japanese: European SMEs' eastern 'Gateway' to new markets
  20. The angels on entrepreneurs' shoulders
  21. Turning a troubled textile hub into a thriving business cluster
  22. Business Planet: Boom in Bilbao as entrepreneurs schooled
  23. Lean and green: Ecostars inspires competitiveness and fuel efficiency
  24. Boosting exports through networking
  25. Two's Company in Belgium
  26. Meet the EU's female ambassadors for business
  27. Micro-credit brings organic growth in Ireland
  28. EU grants for eco-innovation
  29. Wired to the world
  30. Venture capital, a risky business?
  31. Go green, get growing
  32. Cooperative and competitive
  33. Incubating Spanish business
  34. Boosting Women Entrepreneurs
  35. Meeting targets
  36. Business parties in Swedish countryside
  37. Greek business clusters together to find strength in numbers
  38. Women entrepreneurs could be answer to crisis
  39. Taking business into Welsh schools
  40. Inheriting a business: how to make it a success
  41. New 'business hotel' scheme revives French region
  42. Setting up business in Latvia
  43. Business Planet battles bankruptcies
  44. Protecting the environment can be profitable
  45. Helping minorities into the EU job market
  46. Financing for the future
  47. Green light for green clusters
  48. Rising to new challenges
  49. Promoting female entrepreneurs
  50. Eco-labels: a smart strategy
  51. Moving on smoothly as companies change hands
  52. Angel dust magic for SMEs
  53. The Great Call of China
  54. How to protect your IPR in China
  55. Giving and receiving: social enterprise in Europe
  56. Erasmus: a win-win deal
  57. Recycling tyres: road to success
  58. How JEREMIE helped a Maltese company take wing
  59. 1,2,3, GO! Coaching and business development for innovative start-ups
  60. New energy and new directions in Bulgaria
  61. Business networks provide strength through unity
  62. Greece: cooperatives wage war on recession and unemployment
  63. Clusters: powerful engines of economic development in Europe
  64. Finding the right leader
  65. KETS: transforming innovation into competitive product
  66. Get bigger, go public: SMEs launching on the stock exchange
  67. Cashing in on culture - how businesses make money from Europe's history