26/06 11:25 CET
For 40 years the port of Kalundborg in Denmark has been a world reference for ecology in industry, otherwise referred to…
- - In the EU, 60% of total waste is currently not recycled, composted or reused. This represents an enormous leakage of valuable resources (Eurostat).
- - 44% of large companies in the EU sell their scrap material to another company. However, only 24% of SMEs do so (Flash Eurobarometer on SMEs, resource efficiency and green markets, 341).
- - In an industrial symbiosis, the waste of one enterprise can be used as a resource by another one. This local collaboration allows public and private enterprises to buy and sell residual products, which brings mutual economic and environmental benefits.
- - Industrial symbiosis helps valorise by-products within the EU, replacing the need to import natural resources. For example, in the Kalundborg symbiosis, approximately 150,000 tonnes of gypsum is recycled from desulphurisation of flue gas (SO2), which replaces the need to import natural gypsum (CaSO4). The symbiosis also allows to: - reduce CO2 emission by 275.000 tons each year;
- - SMEs can benefit from their inclusion into industrial symbiosis by getting access to new materials at competitive prices, by reducing the consumption of resources through collaboration with other companies or by offering solutions to symbiotic systems.
- save 3 million m3 of water through recycling and reuse;
- convert 30.000 tons of straw to 5,4 million litres of ethanol;
- replace 150.000 tons of yeast by 70% of soy protein in traditional feed mix for more than 800.000 pigs.
- Kalundborg symbiosis
- SMEs and the circular economy: Green Action Plan for SMEs
- EU funding opportunities for SMEs
- Your Europe Business
12/06 11:01 CET
The Enterprise Europe Network is described as the world’s biggest support network for SMEs. The network is made up of…
Enterprise Europe Network
- - Trade of goods in the Single Market represents over 20% of the European GDP - around a quarter of the 20 million European SMEs trade with other EU countries.
- - The Enterprise Europe Network offers free services to European SMEs to make more out of the Single Market; finding distributors, licensing new technologies, getting advice on European funding or legislation.
- - The network representatives advise and support individual SMEs according to their individual needs through their experience and their contacts. Their database contains thousands of company profiles. SMEs can meet potential business partners in person at matchmaking events.
- - The Enterprise Europe Network is made up of over 600 business support organisations. Organisations cover every single country of the EU and more than 20 countries outside the EU.
06/03 11:13 CET
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…
SMEs: Seizing Global opportunities
- - 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.
- SME internationalisation portal - practical help for European companies seeking to do business outside the EU
- EU business centres help the EU SMEs to enter third-country markets. Centres in India and China provide business support services including matchmaking, market access assistance, guidance on regulatory issues, Intelectual Property Rights
- The IPR Help Desk in China delivers a targeted advice on IPR issues to EU SMEs
- The Enterprise Europe Network provides services (advice, information) to help SMEs internationalise and export outside their national borders
- A strong European policy to support Small and Medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) and entrepreneurs 2015-2020. Public consultation on the Small Business Act (SBA)
20/02 11:13 CET
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.
- Watify: a non for profit initiative supported by the European Commission to promote starting or digitizing businesses
- Start-up Europe: a partnership to unlock expertise, mentoring, technology and services for web entrepreneurs
- The Digital Agenda for Europe: the EU initiative to help Europe's citizens and businesses to get the most out of digital technologies
- Digital co-working spaces in Riga
The Mill Riga: millriga.com
Tech Hub Riga: riga.techhub.com
- Small Business portal
- Delve into digital: tapping into Europe's online start-up potential
- What is social innovation and why is it good for business?
- Inspired industry: Creative Wallonia's recipe for success
- The gentle art of branding
- Upgrade to the circular economy
- European SMEs' expertise fuelling growth in Malaysia
- How to get financing for a start up with no credit history
- Entrepreneurs find a helping hand through Erasmus
- Mum's the word: 'Mompreneurs' find the right balance
- Making the most of the net effect
- The business benefits of EU chemical regulation
- Help at hand: making the most of EU financial support tools
- Power to the people with renewable energy cooperation
- Spain's Lerida cluster entrepreneurs boost international sales
- How to get EU funds to grow your SME
- Italian Dolomites: not just for profit
- Educating entrepreneurs: university support for budding business leaders
- Sweet success in Dublin, the experience of being an entrepreneur
- Micro-management: why small businesses are flourishing in Latvia
- Kick start Korea
- Turning Japanese: European SMEs' eastern 'Gateway' to new markets
- Two's Company in Belgium
- Meet the EU's female ambassadors for business
- Micro-credit brings organic growth in Ireland
- EU grants for eco-innovation
- Wired to the world
- Venture capital, a risky business?
- Go green, get growing
- Cooperative and competitive
- Incubating Spanish business
- Boosting Women Entrepreneurs
- Meeting targets
- Business parties in Swedish countryside
- Greek business clusters together to find strength in numbers
- Women entrepreneurs could be answer to crisis
- Taking business into Welsh schools
- Inheriting a business: how to make it a success
- New 'business hotel' scheme revives French region
- Setting up business in Latvia
- Business Planet battles bankruptcies
- Protecting the environment can be profitable
- Helping minorities into the EU job market
- Financing for the future
- Green light for green clusters
- Rising to new challenges
- Promoting female entrepreneurs
- Eco-labels: a smart strategy
- Moving on smoothly as companies change hands
- Angel dust magic for SMEs
- The Great Call of China
- How to protect your IPR in China
- Giving and receiving: social enterprise in Europe
- Erasmus: a win-win deal
- Recycling tyres: road to success
- How JEREMIE helped a Maltese company take wing
- 1,2,3, GO! Coaching and business development for innovative start-ups
- New energy and new directions in Bulgaria
- Business networks provide strength through unity
- Greece: cooperatives wage war on recession and unemployment
- Clusters: powerful engines of economic development in Europe
- Finding the right leader
- KETS: transforming innovation into competitive product
- Get bigger, go public: SMEs launching on the stock exchange
- Cashing in on culture - how businesses make money from Europe's history
- Boosting exports through networking
- Lean and green: Ecostars inspires competitiveness and fuel efficiency
- Business Planet: Boom in Bilbao as entrepreneurs schooled
- Turning a troubled textile hub into a thriving business cluster
- The angels on entrepreneurs' shoulders