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The EU SME Centre is a European Union initiative that provides a comprehensive range of hands-on support services to European small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs), getting them ready to do business in China.

Our team of experts provides advice and support in four areas – business development, law, standards and conformity and human resources. Collaborating with external experts worldwide, the Centre converts valuable knowledge and experience into practical business tools and services easily accessible online. From first-line advice to in-depth technical solutions, we offer services through:  

  • Knowledge Centre – Containing over 100 comprehensive market reports, guidelines and case studies available to download from our website. Start browsing>

  • Advice Centre – Saving your time, money and providing reassurance that you have the right information to support your business decisions. Get in touch with our experts> 

  • Training Centre - Offering training programmes both face-to-face and online to plug the knowledge and skills gaps of SMEs entering the China market. Take a look of the programmes>

To learn about our services for partners, click here.

To gain full access to the Centre’s services, simply sign up here to create an account.

 

关于欧盟中小企业中心
 
欧盟中小企业中心由欧盟资助成立,为来自欧盟国家的中小企业提供全面、实用的支持性服务,协助他们更好的应对进入中国市场面临的挑战。
 
中心拥有来自商务拓展、法律、行业标准和人力资源领域的专家团队,为欧盟中小企业提供基础服务和技术型商业解决方案。其主要职能包括提供知识、培训、建议和政策倡导服务。
 
中心办公室位于北京,目前由六家欧洲商会联合管理,包括英中贸易协会、荷比卢工商协会、中国意大利商会、中国法国工商会、EUROCHAMBRES、中国欧盟商会。如需了解更多中心服务,请在我们的网站注册

 

Background

SMEs account for 99.7% of all businesses in the EU and are acknowledged as a key source of growth, entrepreneurship, innovation, competitiveness and employment. At the same time, SMEs are typically less resourced than larger firms to address the complexities and risks of entering global markets.

For China, the European Union has allocated EUR five million to setting up the EU SME Centre following a feasibility study that was carried out and confirmed that “EU SMEs would benefit from practical, hands-on business support solutions that will enable them to develop their international business in the Chinese market.” While the primary target group of the EU SME Centre are European companies, the concept is also in line with the overall EU-China SME dialogue. The establishment of the Centre promotes EU-China trade and investment relations.

The EU SME Centre helps facilitate market access for European SMEs. Specifically, the Centre assists SMEs to establish, develop and maintain commercial activities in the Chinese market – through export and investment - particularly at the crucial early stages of their market penetration strategy.

Implementing Partners

The EU SME Centre is managed by six implementing partners who through their knowledge and experience of the China market guide the strategic development and management of the Centre.

Through their member networks and understanding of the local market, the implementing partners bring the Centre’s complementary services to a larger number of European SMEs across Europe and China. 

The six implementing partners are:

  • China-Britain Business Council

  • Benelux Chamber of Commerce

  • China-Italy Chamber of Commerce

  • French Chamber of Commerce in China

  • EUROCHAMBRES

  • European Union Chamber of Commerce in China