Global business opportunities open up for Irish SMEs through the Enterprise Europe Network

The Enterprise Europe Network (EEN), the world’s largest support network for Small and Medium-sized Enterprises (SMEs) announced a new partnership with 31 Local Enterprise Offices in Ireland. This will mean free access for Irish companies to Europe’s largest database with up to 10,000 new business and technology opportunities in the EU and many other major global markets. The EEN helps Irish companies to make the most of business and technology opportunities in the EU and major other global markets, with close to 600 business support organisations in up to 60 countries including China, USA, Japan, India, Russia, Brazil, Canada etc.

The Enterprise Europe Network in Ireland is a joint partnership between Enterprise Ireland, Local Enterprise Offices, Dublin Chamber of Commerce and Cork Chamber of Commerce. Launched in January, the Network is co-financed under ‘COSME’, the EU funding programme for the Competitiveness of Enterprises and SMEs. The services are tailored for SMEs but are also available to all other businesses, universities and research centres.

The Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation, Richard Bruton TD stated: “This new partnership between the Enterprise Europe Network and the Local Enterprise Offices will provide Irish companies with an important gateway into the EU and a bigger footprint globally. I am confident that this new partnership will help our companies forge new international partnerships which will contribute to a boost in Irish exports”.

Michael Tunney, Head of Local Enterprise in Donegal commented: “As the first-stop shop for enterprise, the network of Local Enterprise Offices' role is to encourage a culture of entrepreneurship in Ireland.  In partnership with the Enterprise Europe Network, Local Enterprise Offices across the country can now support SMEs in becoming more knowledgeable and competitive in global markets, leading to greater international business opportunities”.

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Information on the Enterprise Europe Network (EEN) can be found on the dedicated Irish website www.een-ireland.ie as well as the EU website http://een.ec.europa.eu/.

To access your local EEN advisor please contact Local Enterprise Office Kilkenny 

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