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News article23 March 2023Directorate-General for Internal Market, Industry, Entrepreneurship and SMEs1 min read

Enterprise Europe Network: 15 years of support to small businesses to go across-EU and international

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In 2023, the Enterprise Europe Network (EEN) celebrates its 15th anniversary.

To commemorate this milestone, Network partners across the world will be celebrating alongside some of the 4.2 million small businesses that they have helped to innovate and grow internationally. Today, it also kicks off the #EENis15 campaign to raise awareness on how small businesses can benefit from the EEN services and promote the work of the Network. This campaign foresees many events throughout the year.

The Enterprise Europe Network, which counts 450 partner organisations, offers a combination of training, tailored advice, and partnership support. This includes how companies can access the finance they need in order to grow, how they can innovate, navigate rules in the Single Market and third countries and find commercial partners.

The Network's unique combination of local knowledge and global outreach allowed thousands of companies to access international markets and grow their businesses further and faster. As a result, over the last 15 years, more than half a million companies have benefitted from personalised one-to one business advice that has helped them enhance their international potential. Every single day, more than 500 companies receive specialised guidance and training sessions. The Network supports start-ups, small businesses and entrepreneurs from a vast array of sectors: from agriculture to artificial intelligence, textile to aerospace, maritime to creative industries.

In recent years, the Network has expanded its services to help companies make the transition to greater environmental and social sustainability, improve their resilience to shocks and make the digital transformation. And last year, the Network provided special support to EU and Ukrainian companies affected by the Russian invasion and developed guidance to help companies navigate the energy crisis. Companies across Europe and beyond are turning to the Network as a reliable partner with a proven track record in helping companies achieve their international ambitions.

You can find success stories of companies that benefitted from the Network's support on the success stories webpage and the Network's YouTube channel.