Enhancing the competitiveness of small and medium-sized enterprises

11 September 2018

Running or starting a small business? Here’s how EURES can help

(From ec.europa.eu ) How to get started As an EU citizen, you have the right to start a business in any Member State. To start cutting the red tape, go to Self-employment (Living and working conditions). From the drop-down menu, select the country where you want to open your SME. This should guide you step-by-step through the procedure. Advice on funding EURES doesn’t provide direct funding, but there are several EU programmes that offer loans or grants depending on what type of SME you have. To find out whether there’s a funding programme to help your SME, read A Beginner's Guide to EU...
08 June 2018

MobiliseSME: cross-border exchange platform benefits hundreds of small businesses and their employees

(From ec.europa.eu ) One project that has supported such cross-border exchanges is the EU-funded MobiliseSME project, a sort of “matchmaking platform” for small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs). The premise of the project is simple: employees of SMEs take part in exchange placements to SMEs in other EU Member States. The aim is to expand their professional skill set, gain international experience and exchange best practices. Employers, meanwhile, are able to develop the skills of their staff and open up new opportunities with foreign partners, while learning from the outside perspectives...
01 June 2018

From Ireland to Croatia and back again: how EURES helps big businesses fill international roles

(From ec.europa.eu ) EURES and its advisers have come to play an important role in this recruitment process – particularly for the Marriott’s Customer Engagement Centre in Cork, Ireland. “We currently service nine different language markets,” Aoife Lyons, a Recruitment Specialist at the Centre, explains. “We do, at times, need assistance to ensure those markets are serviced, especially due to the economic growth that Cork City has been experiencing over the last few years.” “Our Reservations & Customer Specialist role is the one we primarily recruit externally for,” she adds. “It involves...
07 August 2018

EUR 15 million of EU financing for micro-entrepreneurs in Latvia

The European Investment Fund (EIF) and ALTUM, a state-owned development institution of Latvia, have signed a microfinance guarantee agreement under the EU Programme for Employment and Social Innovation (EaSI).

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