European SME Week: Free Training and Events

European SME Week: Free Training and Events

Small businesses will be able to attend free seminars, workshops, training sessions and networking evenings at the end of May as part of European SME Week’s drive to promote entrepreneurship.

The week takes place between 25 May and 1 June, and more than 120 different events are being organised in the UK, including Developing a winning SEO strategy in Barnsley on 25 May and a Women in Business networking lunch in Manchester on 26 May. However, other free events will also run throughout May and June.

Alongside business support organisations such as Business Link and the British Chambers of Commerce, small businesses are also being encouraged to get involved and run their own events with the aim of sharing ideas and promoting entrepreneurship in the workplace.

Günter Verheugen, vice president of the European Commission responsible for Enterprise and Industry, said the week created a valuable opportunity for business innovation to be recognised.

“By setting up and expanding their businesses, entrepreneurs create jobs and become drivers of the European economy. It’s therefore important to encourage more people to become entrepreneurs, and who is better placed than entrepreneurs to encourage others?”

Across Europe, the SME week is being organised by the European Commission’s Directorate-General for Enterprise and Industry. In the UK, the Department of Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS) is helping to co-ordinate the week.

Last year saw the first ever European SME week take place. The UK registered more than 100 different events across the country, ranking them third overall out of the 35 countries taking part.

For more information about European SME week, visit the European Commission website especially the section for events in the UK.

To find out how to can organise an event in the UK, contact Mike Paice at BIS Mike.Paice@bis.gsi.gov.uk

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