Online tools and services for smaller businesses

Online tools and services for smaller businesses

Services for small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs)

Call for Proposals for the Small Business Champions Competition

  • The Call for Proposals for the Small Business Champions Competition has been jointly organised by the MSME Group, the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) and the International Trade Centre (ITC). The Small Business Champions competition provides an opportunity for business support organisations to propose innovative, practical ways of helping small businesses play a more active role in world trade.

  • As the urgency for addressing climate change increases, this year's annual competition aims to support small businesses to reduce their carbon footprint and benefit from sustainability innovations, so they can play a pivotal role in achieving the UN sustainability targets and helping our transition to a low-carbon economy.

  • The deadline for submissions is August 15 2022 at 23.59 CEST. More information can be found at this link

Information on trade fairs

  • AUMA trade fair database Information on Trade Fairs in Germany and worldwide provided by AUMA, the Association of the German Trade Fair Industry, offering details on the events such as the dates, distribution data, statistics and information how to contact the trade fairs and event organisers.

Small and Medium Sized Chapters in Trade Agreements

All new trade agreements will contain a SME Chapter, if the partner country agrees. This would allow a better information exchange on market access issues, as well as a fruitful cooperation between the Commission and the partner country when addressing SMEs-related-issues in the trade agreement.

Besides, on 26 September 2018, the Joint Committee of the EU-Canada Comprehensive Economic & Trade Agreement (CETA) agreed in a specific SMEs Recommendation that each Party provides online information to SMEs of the other Party about CETA and market access, and that a SME Contact Point on each side work together to tackle SMEs specific issues.

Regional trade helpdesks

Regional helpdesks have been designed and implemented to provide SMEs in specific region with tailored trade information to support their needs to trade within the region and the EU. The regional helpdesks aim to support users with the information such as export market information, market access assistance, advice on regulatory issues, guidance on region-specific trade specificities in order to better help businesses in their effort to internationalise and their endeavours in various regions globally.

Eastern Partnership Trade Helpdesk

Access the Eastern Partnership Trade Helpdesk to identify trade opportunities, find information on market access conditions, and contacts of potential partners in five Eastern Partnership countries (Armenia, Azerbaijan, Georgia, the Republic of Moldova and Ukraine). Traders can employ the platform to grow their exports and expand into additional markets.

The Eastern Partnership Trade Helpdesk is an EU-funded project under EU4Business initiative, designed and implemented by the International Trade Centre to boost trade competitiveness of the micro, small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs) of the Eastern Partnership countries within the region and the European Union.

Euromed Trade Helpdesk

Access the Euromed Trade Helpdesk to identify trade opportunities, find information on market access, and contacts of potential partners in 10 Euromed countries (Algeria, Egypt, Israel, Jordan, Lebanon, Libya, Morocco, Palestine, Tunisia and Türkiye). Traders can use it to grow their exports and expand into additional markets. It also provides trade in services statistics and foreign direct investment flows.

The Euromed Trade Helpdesk is an EU-funded initiative, designed and implemented by the International Trade Centre to boost trade competitiveness of the micro, small and medium sized enterprises of the Euromed countries within the region and the European Union.

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You can address specific queries related to SMEs, market access and information on this website via the contact form.

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