Are you an SME owner or a member of a cluster? Do you wish to expand your business beyond the borders of your own country and of Europe itself? Then reading this text is the number one step towards your business’ internationalisation.
At a time when the European Union is increasingly focused on generating jobs and fostering growth, SMEs are the backbone of Europe’s economy. Their development and prosperity is crucial to EU competitiveness and to keep the economic recovery momentum going – both within the EU member states and in the Union as whole.
Despite their significant success within EU borders, only 13% of European SMEs have currently expanded their business abroad. Such a low percentage can be seen as a missed opportunity. Business Beyond Borders (BBB) sees it rather as an opportunity to help SMEs and clusters explore their potential for internationalisation and find their business partners overseas.
Funded through the EU COSME programme for small and medium enterprises, BBB is a two-year initiative that facilitates tailored, one-to-one meetings between European SMEs and international trading partners. It seeks to help SMEs and clusters achieve partnership deals outside their country and region, as well as to contribute to the EU’s rising economic growth.
The matchmaking sessions will take place in ten selected international fairs renowned for their scope and relevancy to their industry. Some of the sectors covered in these events include energy and environment, food, textiles and ICT. From Italy to India, Chile to Australia and Paris to Teheran, participants can count on a personalised BBB event with the presence of relevant industry personalities and stakeholders.
The first BBB event is already around the corner – it will take place at Genera (Madrid) on 28/01-01/03/2017 and it will focus on the energy and environment sector. You can find out more about this international fair and register for our matchmaking event on the “Events” section of our website. Be sure to check this “News” section for the latest BBB updates and success stories.