Enterprise & Entrepreneurship


The European Union supports the growth of business across the European Union, from entrepreneurs and start-ups to Small and Medium-sized Enterprises (SME) and large corporations. The European Commission has begun mainstreaming 'SME-friendly' principles and policy into legislation and there are now a range of policy instruments and legislation focusing specifically on this area.

The Executive Agency for SMEs (EASME) has responsibility for much of the funding instruments deployed in this area however funding is also available from a variety of other EU sources, such as the EU Structural and Investment Funds (ESIF). Recently, the European Commission, European Investment Bank and Member States have contributed to the establishment of a new European Fund for Strategic Investment (EFSI) to boost investment in the EU. Recent investment deals have included support for SMEs.

For further information, please contact Geoff Archer at the East of England European Partnership
Following the closure of the European Partnership at the end of March 2019, this website is no longer active and will not be updated. However, it will be kept live for a period of time as an archive resource.