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EurActiv 'Special Report' on Small Businesses - driving EU growth


30 Sep 2011


Innovation & Enterprise

EurActiv, the leading online media reporting on EU affairs and policy issues, will run special coverage, from 3  to 7 October, on Small Businesses – driving EU growth. 

Set against the backdrop of the EU Commission's SME Week, during which EurActiv will react to a number of events staged in Brussels focusing on the sector, the ICT/SME Special Report will be considering research produced by The Boston Consulting Group which makes comparative analysis of EU and other countries' digital economies. We will consider variations in commercial internet usage across EU member states. We will also examine how, despite the global possibilities of internet commerce, the data suggests that strong local brands and corporate identities seem to be reinforced by the digital economy. We will be asking how SMEs use the internet to scale up their operations, and looking at some innovative ICT SMEs and new concepts of online selling.

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This Special Report is supported by Google.

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Daniela Vincenti-Mitchener, Managing Editor, Tel. +32(0)2.788.36.69,

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Christophe Leclercq, Publisher, +32(0),

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