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Launching the new Enterprise Europe Network: An interview with Muriel de Grande

Posted 29 April 2022

As the Enterprise Europe Network enters a new framework period, we talked to Muriel de Grande, Head of Sector at the European Innovation Council and SMEs Executive Agency (EISMEA), to find out more about the Network’s exciting initiatives and plans for the future.


Building sustainable strategies to future-proof your business: how Network advisers can help

Posted 11 April 2022

Enterprise Europe Network supports small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) on their path to green business models and sustainable initiatives. The Danish SME Nortech Solutions is a case in point. With the Network’s aid, Nortech teamed up with a Czech company to launch a successful green business in 2019. Fast-forward to today, the Network’s sustainability advisers are helping small businesses develop strategies that build long-term value and reduce risk.


Africagua Canarias: Connecting businesses for a green and resilient future

Posted 2 March 2022

Africagua Canarias is an international business event connecting Africa with Europe and the wider world on key themes such as water, renewable energies, and climate resilience. The Enterprise Europe Network Partners in the Canary Islands play an essential role in the initiative by fostering interactions between companies and professionals worldwide.


Kabioca: Paving the way to sustainability one cup of coffee at a time

Posted 31 January 2022

We all love a fresh cup of coffee to kick-start the day, but have you ever wondered what impact this daily habit has on the environment? Read along to find out how the Enterprise Europe Network (EEN) supports the French start-up Kabioca on its journey to sustainable and eco-responsible coffee production from farm to cup.


Boosting the European agro-food sector through global partnerships: EEN can help!

Posted 15 December 2021

The European agro-food sector aims to produce healthy and safe food, using natural resources more effectively. It can also help societies cope with pressing challenges such as food security, climate change, environmental protection, competitiveness, and post-pandemic recovery. The Enterprise Europe Network (EEN) group of experts in agro-food supports businesses on their journey to create clean, safe, and sustainable products and services.


Leading change through digitalisation: the example of the Ukrainian Network Partners

Posted 30 November 2021

How can small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) use digital technologies to stay competitive and overcome adversity? The Enterprise Europe Network (EEN) Ukraine Consortium is committed to help businesses become smarter and more resilient through digitalisation.


FINNO – access to finance for South-East European companies

Posted 29 October 2021
Ivana Vukotić and Nikola Balić
By Ivana Vukotić and Nikola Balić
FINNO-Access2Finance and Innovation

The South-East Europe region is one of the fastest-growing in Europe. It is marked by overall macroeconomic stability featured by low inflation, low budget deficit and stable public debt. These economies are continuously improving the business environment, offering a favourable cost structure – characterised by comparatively low labour and utility costs, and a favourable tax regime. The location provides easy connectivity for trade and transportation, with a great position to serve the markets of the EU, Russia, the Middle East and Northern Africa.  


A sustainable mindset – the story of Wildling Shoes

Posted 26 May 2021
Andrea Dohle
By Andrea Dohle
ZENIT GmbH - NRW.Europa

Sometimes the most natural of things can give birth to an outstanding idea. Discover the latest edition of the Network’s Blog! German Network Adviser, Andrea Dohle from ZENIT GmbH interviewed Anna Yona, founder of Wildling Shoes, to ask her what sustainability means to her and how successful a sustainability-focused business strategy can be.


Agility and Resilience in times of crisis: yes, we can!

Posted 20 April 2021

"Never waste a crisis", it is sometimes said. The Enterprise Europe Network experienced this first-hand when the coronavirus took hold of the world. We made changes at lightning speed to keep our professional Network active. And the results were impressive! Entrepreneurs did not feel abandoned. Supporting and connecting people, even at the height of the storm: this is the strength of our Network!


European Green Tech in the spotlight: making construction sustainable

Posted 23 March 2021
Sonja Angloher-Reichelt and Katerina Tzitzinou
By Dr. Sonja Angloher-Reichelt and Dr. Katerina Tzitzinou

Green is the new black. There are no doubts about it. We’ve all heard the slogans and buzzwords, but we might still be wondering, what does this really mean? How can companies get on board and go green, especially those working in specific sectors, like the building one, with their own distinct challenges? How do the latest sustainable solutions help deliver economic growth? What kind of help does the Enterprise Europe Network offer?


Eight things you need to know about CETA

Posted 22 February 2021
Katelyn Petersen and Benno Weissner
By Katelyn Petersen and Benno Weissner

The Canada-European Union Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA) has been in place since autumn 2017. Three years into the Agreement, we can already see some of the huge benefits the Agreement has brought to European and Canadian Small and Medium-sized Enterprises (SMEs). German Network adviser Benno Weissner from ZENIT/NRW and Canadian Network adviser Katelyn Petersen guide you in discovering everything you need to know about CETA.


Access2Markets portal: making SMEs thrive in the import/export world

Posted 21 January 2021

How do I calculate the import duties to export my products outside the European Union? How can I pay less of these duties thanks to the EU free trade agreements? What documents do I need? And what if I wanted to import products into Europe? The Access2Markets portal gives you the right answers to all of these questions and many more. It is capable of helping importers and exporters in their trade relations outside the European borders.


How to become a successful woman in tech?

Posted 10 December 2020
Sanja Popovic
By Sanja Popovic
Institute Mihajlo Pupin

In recent years, women are changing the world of digital technologies. Inspiring stories are starting to pile up, describing the unique journeys of successful women entrepreneurs in the high-tech industry. One of them is Dragana Calija, owner and CEO of Saint Di & Co, winner of the Best Woman Exporter Award in the Success Flower Awards for the 2020 best women entrepreneurs. Sanja Popovic-Pantic, the chair of the Network’s group of experts in women entrepreneurship met Dragana and asked her a few questions to put the spotlight on her story and achievements.


5 tips to protect your business from ransomware

Posted 16 November 2020
Liesbeth  Sparks and Herman Hartgers
By Liesbeth Sparks and Herman Hartgers
Dutch Chamber of Commerce (KVK)

There is a good chance that you and your employees are working from home due to Covid-19. This means you are likely to be more vulnerable to online attacks. By ransomware, for example. How does ransomware work? What can you do to protect yourself? Choose to be one step ahead of cyber criminals. As an entrepreneur, you can take a few precautions against ransomware. Here are our five tips to keep your business safe!


How to make the EU Farm to Fork Strategy a reality?

Posted 26 October 2020
Katia Costa
By Katia Costa
Unioncamere Piemonte

In line with the European Green Deal’s goal to improve people’s health, quality of life and care for nature, the Farm to Fork Strategy addresses an essential element for people well-being: food. European food is known to be of high quality and safety. Furthermore, European food and drink manufacturing enterprises – the majority of which are SMEs – export their products to more than 200 countries. This makes the EU the world’s largest exporter of food and drink products.


The Network Blog

Welcome to the Enterprise Europe Network blog! This is the place where we share knowledge from across the world's largest support network for Small and Medium-sized Enterprises (SMEs) with international ambitions. Our bloggers are advisers working for one of the Network's 600 member organisations, businesspeople and other experts associated with the Network. Keep an eye on this space for ideas, insights, events and opportunities that can help small businesses innovate and grow internationally.

Disclaimer

The information and views set out in this blog are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the official opinion of the European Union. Neither the European Union institutions and bodies nor any person acting on their behalf may be held responsible for the use which may be made of the information contained therein.