05/09 17:06 CET
This time Business Planet is in Manchester to take a look at how a European regulation called REACH, which aims to make the use and production of industrial chemicals safe, can lead to the…
REACH for the top
- - Chemicals are part of modern industrialised economies. Most EU citizens consider them unavoidable in their daily lives, relate them to industrial innovations and demand information on their safe use.
- - Nearly half of Europeans say they will not buy a new chemical product until it is not proven to be safe over time.
- - The EU has the world's most advanced legislation on chemical safety – REACH. It aims to protect human health and the environment by managing chemical risks.
- - SMEs outside the chemical sector are not aware that REACH applies to them if they are supplying and using chemicals or importing them into the EU. 70% of Dutch SMEs do not know about REACH, 50% of British manufacturers think it is not for them or not important for their business.
- - REACH provides incentives for the replacement of harmful chemicals with safer alternatives. Companies can get support and turn legal obligations into business opportunities.
- REACH on Europe Business portal
- SME support to comply with REACH
- Substitution support portal
- EU funding opportunities for businesses
25/07 11:19 CET
It's not easy for aspiring European SMEs (Small and Medium Enterprises) to access the funding they need, especially in the early stages. But there are financial instruments provided by the EU at…
EU Financial instruments
- - The European Union supports entrepreneurs and businesses with a wide range of EU programmes facilitating access to loans, lease finance, guarantees and equity ﬁnancing through financial institutions.
- - By facilitating access to leasing by SMEs, EU programmes stimulate key investments and thus growth of enterprises.
- - The Competitiveness and Innovation Framework Programme (2007-2013) helped to mobilise more than €16 billion of loans and lease finance as well as €2.8 billion of venture capital to over 311,000 SMEs in Europe.
- - From 2014 to 2020, the COSME programme will help up to 330,000 European SMEs by mobilising up to €25 billion of finance.
11/07 11:18 CET
In this edition of Business Planet we see how the European Network of Renewable Energy Source Cooperatives - known as REScoop - is making it easier to meet the EU's target of 20 percent of the…
Renewable energy cooperatives and the social economy
- - Responding to climate change, the EU is planning to get 20 percent of its energy from renewable sources by 2020. This transition requires support and investment.
- - The so-called social economy can help with the transition process. In the European Union, social economy activity now represents 10 percent of the European economy (GDP), it is also six percent of the region's total employment and is growing.
- - Renewable Energy Source Cooperatives - REScoops - are intended to improve the energy market through innovation.
- - They allow people to directly participate in renewable energy projects: indeed, every REScoop member can be involved in how energy is produced and delivered.
- - There are approximately 3,000 REScoops across Europe. The REScoop.eu movement benefits from the experience of more than 400 local and regional groups and cooperatives of citizens and provides financial and technical support for new projects.
- - The emergence of new business models through the social economy was supported at the Strasbourg 2014 gathering of the European Social Business Initiative. This is an initiative aimed at creating a favourable environment for social enterprises.
27/06 11:19 CET
The Spanish economy is showing growth again, up 0.4 percent in the first and second quarter of 2014. One explanation for…
Internationalisation through clusters
- - Internationalisation is a key trend for businesses and it is very likely to increase as developing and emerging markets are expected to account for 60 percent of world GDP by 2030 (OECD). Currently, 25 percent of EU SMEs export and 13 percent of EU SMEs export outside the European Union.
- - Internationalisation is strongly linked with innovation. Almost half of internationally active firms introduced some new product or service in the past three years versus only 20 percent of non-internationally active SMEs.
- - Clusters encourage SMEs to become more innovative and international. Internationalising its members is a key priority for the FEMAC cluster. Its members have on average a 50 percent international turnover. This cluster is recognised for its management excellence.
- - The European Cluster Collaboration Platform is an open platform for all European cluster organisations willing to find partners, and develop joint activities to assist their members, especially SMEs, to go international.
- 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
- The angels on entrepreneurs' shoulders
- Turning a troubled textile hub into a thriving business cluster
- Business Planet: Boom in Bilbao as entrepreneurs schooled
- Lean and green: Ecostars inspires competitiveness and fuel efficiency
- Boosting exports through networking
- Cashing in on culture - how businesses make money from Europe's history
- Get bigger, go public: SMEs launching on the stock exchange
- KETS: transforming innovation into competitive product
- Finding the right leader
- Clusters: powerful engines of economic development in Europe
- Greece: cooperatives wage war on recession and unemployment
- Business networks provide strength through unity
- New energy and new directions in Bulgaria
- 1,2,3, GO! Coaching and business development for innovative start-ups
- How JEREMIE helped a Maltese company take wing
- 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