Cities offer not only the business opportunities, but the combination of services, support and infrastructure entrepreneurs and small businesses need to thrive. City governments develop policies and programmes tailored to the specific needs of local entrepreneurs and small businesses.
With the right support, we believe that entrepreneurs and SMEs will play a significant role in achieving the Europe 2020 goals of smart, sustainable and inclusive growth.
Some 99% of European businesses are SMEs, and 90% of those employ fewer than ten people. Two out of every three private sector jobs in Europe are provided by SMEs.
Previous recessions have shown that new growth and jobs often come from smaller businesses. Supporting entrepreneurship is therefore crucial to improve Europe’s employment rates..
Entrepreneurship also fosters social and economic cohesion - especially in cities where development is lagging behind - by stimulating economic activity and job creation and helping integrate the unemployed or other disadvantaged groups into work.
The needs of small businesses and entrepreneurs vary widely, as do the environments in which they operate.
The European Small Business Act calls for policies relating to SMEs ‘to fully recognise this diversity and fully respect the principle of subsidiarity’. Cities are therefore ideally-placed to identify the most appropriate strategies and create favourable environments for entrepreneurs and small business to flourish. They do so by facilitating networking opportunities, managing business incubators and developing synergies between companies and research institutes, amongst other approaches.
Our working group on entrepreneurship focuses on finding ways to improve city services to entrepreneurs and small businesses. It is a platform for cities to share expertise and experience and the group closely follows European initiatives aimed at fostering entrepreneurship, and provides input to ensure that they are closely aligned with cities’ needs.
In October 2012, we published 'Helping cities foster entrepreneurship', our response to the European Commission consultation on its future Entrepreneurship 2020 action plan.
EUROCITIES published a new report mapping cities’ existing policy measures that are in line with the principles of the EU Pillar of Social Rights. Many cities already deliver inclusive social policies to promote social rights for all people even before the EU Social Pillar was adopted. However, we found that cities’ efforts are not always known or recognised at national and EU levels.
Joint Meeting Circular Economy Task Force & WG Entrepreneurship and SMEs - Business models of entrepreneurship and SMEs in the context of circular economy
Collaborative meeting to explore city incentive programmes for SMEs in relation to circular economy
start date: 07-03-2019 end date: 07-03-2019
Register NOW for the EUROCITIES high-level political event at the European Parliament on 21 February
EUROCITIES will launch a new political initiative to show cities’ concrete contributions to a more cohesive and inclusive Europe starting from local level. EUROCITIES deputy mayors will present their pledges to act on the principles of the EU Pillar for Social Rights through dedicated investments for city measures. This will take place at an event of EUROCITIES at the European Parliament on 21 February 2019 in the presence of Members of European Parliament and high-level Commission...
publication date: 24-01-2019
Barcelona published a White Paper on the future of work and jobs based on deep analysis of the state of play of the local labour market and interviews with employment experts. Promoted by Barcelona Activa, the local economic development agency of Barcelona City Council, the book analyses concepts such as basic income, education, technology, robotics, the ageing of the population, women empowerment, new generations and flexible working hours. The White Paper provides a guide and...
publication date: 21-01-2019
A side event we're organising with partners at COP24 in Katowice on 6 December will explore how cities can work together to boost sustainable and inclusive business innovation in cultural heritage to raise ambitions in tackling climate change.
publication date: 05-12-2018
European Social Economy Regions, or ESER, is a European Commission DG GROW initiative that aims to raise social economy awareness and capacity, at regional and local level, and to build regional/local networks of social economy stakeholders.
publication date: 05-12-2018
publication date: 22-11-2018
2nd International RREUSE conference: Making the circular economy attractive, convenient and inclusive
From November 22 to November 23 RREUSE, the European network of social enterprises active in re-use, repair and recycling, is holding its second annual conference in the city of Nijmegen, Europe’s Green Capital for 2018. The conference will focus on how to encourage citizens, companies and governments to think second-hand and on how to mainstream the circular economy and raise awareness about the value of re-use in doing good for the environment and creating local jobs. High profile...
start date: 22-11-2018 end date: 23-11-2018
On 4 December The Norwegian National Suppliers Development Programme, The Confederation of Norwegian Enterprise and the MEP Dr. Igor Яltes will be hosting a seminar at the European Parliament on the strategic use of public procurement in driving and accelerating green innovation. The Seminar will focus particularly on public procurement as a strategic tool to implement innovation and climate policies.Participants will include experts from the European Commission and European politicians,...
start date: 04-12-2018 end date: 04-12-2018
The European Parliament and the European Commission are organizing a joint conference taking place on November 27 and titled: 'EU Research and Innovation in our daily life'. The event will take place in Brussels and will be focusing on how the 200 billion euros invested over the past 30 years have affected citizens' daily life.The conference will bring together researchers and politicians to reflect on past and present achievements and will focus on the following areas: health and...
start date: 27-11-2018 end date: 27-11-2018