The internationalisation of SMEs activities is acknowledged as a factor of competitiveness for businesses and an engine for growth and welfare for the economy and the territories. Still, SMEs do not fully exploit the benefits brought by internationalisation, resulting in European economies missing growth opportunities.
Within the European Union, a large part of exports and imports is driven by large firms and multinational corporations only. SMEs are underrepresented in international trade: while they represent about 99% of businesses in Europe and provide two out of three jobs in the private sector, they account for far less than half of all exports and imports.
Thus, supporting the internationalisation of SMEs remains a priority in SME competitiveness policies. It is also one of the most represented topics among Interreg Europe projects in this thematic objective. Taking stock from their good practices and policy initiatives, the Platform experts have put together a selection of reading materials and online events that will help you better grasp how to support the internationalisation of SMEs.
Policy brief and focuses
- Policy brief: Internationalisation of SMEs
- Policy focus: Support schemes for the internationalisation of SMEs
- Policy focus: Regional support ecosystems for the internationalisation of SMEs
- The power of regional stakeholders to improve internationalisation of SMEs
- Clustering for the internationalisation of Small and Medium Enterprises (SME)
Are you working on policies that focus on the internationalisation of SMEs? Do you struggle with particular aspects? We are here to help you: don't hesitate to write to us through the policy helpdesk.
Innovation Camp 02: Industrial Transformation - Social & Creative Focus and Working groups online session...
From October to December 2021, Balearic Islands Agency for Tourism offers the second edition of online courses for tourism SMEs to improve their competitiveness
Carpathian Startup Fest in Poland
One of the biggest startup events in the Region?
As you've already been informed - on the 28 of October, Polish Partner of t...
In October, Rzeszów will host the first Podkarpacie festival for startups and investors - Carpathian Startup Fest 2021 (CSF21).
The eight Exchange of Experience of ‘Enhancing SME growth by the integration of Artists in ICT projects' hosted by Molise region...
Interactive roundtable about business transfers and competitiveness with high-level speakers, organised under the European Week of Regions and Cities 2021