ADVANTAGE AUSTRIA (Foreign Trade Promotion Organisation) offers support to Austrian companies interested in export. When it comes to marketing products and services, establishing networks with international partners and providing first-hand market knowledge, ADVANTAGE AUSTRIA helps you to get a foothold on the global markets.
Key services we offer are: Information: It doesn’t matter if you are a first-time exporter or an export pro, our experts have information on countries, industries and specialist topics such as internationalisation, export financing, technology, trade fairs and the flow of goods. Coaching: Our global network with over 100 locations enables us to give you comprehensive support: we evaluate your business potential, put you in touch with potential clients and partners, organise your business trips and – where necessary – we will even intervene with public authorities or partners. Events: At our events we can present your company abroad to carefully selected target groups.
What is more, you also have the opportunity to present yourself on the Austrian economic portal abroad: www.advantageaustria.org.
AGORiA is Belgium's largest employers' organisation and trade association representing more than 1.600 members active in the technology industry in Belgium, more specifically in the following sectors : Aerospace - Automotive - Construction products - Contracting & Maintenance - Electrical engineering - Industrial automation - Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) - Mechatronical engineering - Metals & Materials - Metal processing - Mounting & Cranes - Plastics - Security & Defence.
Anti Copying In Design (ACID) is a trade association for designers and manufacturers with a diverse membership ranging from individuals to multinationals and spanning many industry sectors. The organisation is committed to fighting design theft and working with Parliament for design law reform. ACID's key objectives are protection, deterrence and education, driving towards a safer commercial trading framework, enabling originators to fully exploit and maximise their IP rights.
Established in 1991, today ARC Fund (Applied Research and Communications Fund) is the premier Bulgarian innovation policy and research institute. Its activities encourage competitiveness and growth of economies in Southeast Europe through promotion of innovation and transfer of advanced technologies and know-how. ARC Fund facilitates the cross-border networking and capacity building of SMEs, research community, NGOs, and public and private agencies, and establishes a sound network of contacts with enterprises in key areas like energy, environment, transport, ICT, etc...
ARCA is a consortium for the application of research and the creation of innovative enterprises, which has been active since 2003 and has exploited a partnership between the University of Palermo and a private entrepreneurial group committed to industrial research and technological transfer.
The incubator is located within the University of Palermo campus, covering a total area of about 1,500 square meters. In a complementary and integrated way with the activities of the incubator, ARCA promotes industrial research and technological transfer programs customised to the needs of small and medium-sized enterprises, networks and industrial districts.
The technological areas in which ARCA operates are different and related to scientific production and specific expertise within the region:
- renewable energy and sustainable building
- environmental monitoring, GIS systems and remote sensing
- digital technologies
- management and enhancement of cultural heritage
- biotechnology and human health
- technologies addressed to marine environment and sea industry
The Wallonia Export-Investment Agency (AWEX) is the governmental agency of the Walloon Region of Belgium in charge of promoting foreign trade and attracting foreign investment.
Outside Belgium, AWEX relies on a network of more than 100 trade and economic representatives covering some 120 markets and over 20 international organisations.
The Belgian-Chinese Economic and Commercial Council (BCECC) is the leading Belgian business association for companies engaged in doing business in or with China. It is a non-profit organization established in the 1980s following China’s open-door policy. BCECC is located in Brussels, the heart of Europe. BCECC organizes events on a regular basis for Belgian and Chinese enterprises to assist them in finding their way into the Chinese and Belgian market. In 2009, BCECC opened an office in Chengdu, the capital city of Sichuan province in China. The BCECC Chengdu office is aimed at promoting the mutual cooperation between Belgium and the area of Sichuan and Chongqing.
The Benelux Chamber of Commerce in China (BenCham) is a Beijing not-for-profit corporation, independent of any other non-profit, commercial or governmental organisation. The BenCham member base consists of large corporations, small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs), start-up entrepreneurs, as well as individuals with an active interest in developing their business in China, for which BenCham aims to pool strategic intelligence. BenCham co-operates with the Benelux Embassies and the regional trade organisations through BenCham's three chapters in China (Beijing, Shanghai, Guangzhou) and partnerships in key centres of Benelux-China corporate activity. They also co-ordinate acitivities with other interest groups and chambers of commerce in Belgium and Luxembourg, CCI, local chambers of commerce as well as the other European chambers of commerce located in China.
The British Chamber of Commerce in China (BritCham) exists to expand opportunities for UK-China commerce and investment. It provide business intelligence, networking and support services to all member companies, from the biggest multi-nationals right through to fledgling start-ups. Members receive an extensive range of benefits designed to help grow their business, including access to specialist events and seminars, business services, publications, online tools, information, and much more.
The British Chamber of Commerce in Hong Kong is a dynamic force that represents the business interests of its members both in Hong Kong, Mainland China and the Asia Pacific Region. The Chamber represents a broad spectrum of British, Hong Kong, international and Chinese companies, most of whom share significant commercial interests. British by name and character, it is international in nature and actively encourages diversity in its membership. For more information please visit: www.britcham.com.
The Bulgarian Small and Medium Enterprises Promotion Agency (BSMEPA) was established in 2004 with the Ministry of Economy and Energy of Republic of Bulgaria. BSMEPA is a Government institution and its main functions are focused on the implementation of the Bulgarian Government’s policy for SMEs. In this respect the Agency provides information and consulting services, organizes training courses and implements promotion activities in supporting the increase of SMEs’ competitiveness and strengthening their international positions.
BSMEPA is delivering its services in partnership with branch associations, chambers of commerce and industry as well as other local NGOs, maintains close relations with more than 50 foreign business and trade development.
Business Beyond Borders, is a European Commission initiative which will help businesses, in particular Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) and Clusters, to operate internationally with the ultimate goal of increasing economic growth within and outside Europe.
Additional support will be provided to companies participating at international fairs by establishing a series of Business to Business (B2B) and Cluster to Custer (C2C) matchmaking events and by supporting the development of the companies’ activities in target markets in Europe and worldwide.
For more information about the future events, please click here.
The Business Innovation Croatian Agency – BICRO is the key governmental organisation in charge of catalysing the innovation process. BICRO both develops and coordinates national policy measures related to innovation on one hand, and the necessary financial instruments on the other, with the ultimate aim of motivating the private and public sector to raise the levels of investment in R&D. BICRO is active in the European commission EU IPR Helpdesk initiative with 2 IPR ambassadors appointed to help SMEs with issues regarding IPR in Croatia. For free expert advice on Croatian IPR, SMEs can e-mail questions to firstname.lastname@example.org and they will receive a reply from one of the Helpdesk experts within 3 working days.
The Business Support Centre Cyprus, member of the Enterprise Europe Network, operates in the Republic of Cyprus and is coordinated by the Research Promotion Foundation. It provides a range of services for the benefit of SMEs as per the Enterprise Europe Network’s activities
The Portugal-China Chamber of Commerce and Industry (CCILC) was founded in 1978. It is a non-profit private entity devoted to the development of the economic and commercial relationship between Portugal and the People’s Republic of China.
In its governing bodies are included the most relevant industrial and financial groups in the bilateral context (Haitong Bank, REN/State Grid, Huawei, China Three Gorges, Caixa Geral de Depósitos, Fidelidade/Fosun, Millenium BCP, Estoril Sol, Novo Banco, TAP, etc), among almost 300 associated companies. With headquarters in Lisbon, it has a representative office at the north of the country, Guimarães, and a delegation in Macao.
Founded before the re-establishment of the diplomatic relations between Portugal and the People’s Republic of China. It was the first association of companies in Europe promoting business with China through the organization of missions, providing useful information and high technical support services so that the associated companies could develop their activities in both countries in a more efficient, informed and safe way.
CECE is the recognized organization representing and promoting the European construction equipment and related industries to achieve a fair competitive environment via harmonized standards and regulations. European construction machines represent about 30% of the worldwide production, and the industry behind CECE comprises 1,200 companies from 12 European countries. The CECE industry offers all kind of machines needed in the construction sector and related industries, like road making equipment, concrete equipment, tower cranes, crushing and screening equipment, construction site hoists and of course earthmoving equipment.
Cerame-Unie is the voice of the European ceramic industry. It creates and maintains a constructive dialogue with the EU institutions, international partners and the social and environmental stakeholders by providing expertise in such important fields as environment and health & safety, climate change and energy, trade, construction, raw materials and standardization.
The main objective of the China-Britain Business Council (CBBC) is to be the leading organisation helping UK companies grow and develop their business with China. CBBC works closely with the private sector and trade organisations, including UK Trade & Investment; the British Embassy and Consulate Generals in China; the British Chambers of Commerce in China; and the Devolved Administrations and Regional Development Agencies in the UK. CBBC is recognised at the highest levels of the Chinese government and it hosts business events for all senior Chinese leaders visiting UK. CBBC delivers its services through a network of nine offices in the UK and 11 Chinese cities.
The CHOICE project will provide continuity and progress in supporting and strengthening China Collaboration on ICT research with Europe, offering timely input and follow-up on common ICT R&D priorities and future cooperation opportunities between the EC and China, and assisting in focusing dialogue meetings and increasing their visibility. It will build on and go beyond the results of previous relevant projects, and the OpenChina-ICT project in particular. The CHOICE consortium is a balance of Chinese and European partners, including OpenChina-ICT project partners (SIGMA and CATR), as well as ChinaACCESS4EU (SPI, TORCH, EUPIC) and DRAGON-STAR (SPI) partners, which guarantees that all the valuable outputs of previous projects will be fully exploited and that synergies with relevant projects will be developed.
In line with Call 2012-10, in the CHOICE project emphasis will be put on:
- Identifying obstacles to reciprocity and encouraging a more balanced relationship with China based on reciprocity, especially supporting European nationals, companies and organisations willing to access
- Chinese research programmes;
- Highlighting and showcasing both EU and Chinese excellence in ICT R&D;
- Strengthening EU-China industrial ICT R&D cooperation, also with the view of preparing the ground for new upcoming rules governing EU-China ICT R&D cooperation under Horizon 2020 (H2020).
For more information, please visit www.euchina-ict.eu..
CLEPA is the European Association of Automotive Suppliers. 84 of the world's most prominent suppliers for car parts, systems and modules and 26 National trade associations and European sector associations are members of CLEPA, representing more than 3,000 companies, employing more than three million people and covering all products and services within the automotive supply chain. Based in Brussels, Belgium, CLEPA is recognized as the natural discussion partner by the European Institutions, United Nations and fellow associations (ACEA, JAMA, MEMA, etc).
Confederación Empresarial de Madrid-CEOE (CEIM) CEIM, the Confederation of Employers and Industries of the Madrid Region, is composed of more than 280 business organisations. After 30 years of activity, it is the largest business organisation of the Madrid Region. One of CEIM's main objectives is to promote and support the development of Madrid companies in the international arena. They also frequently work in conjunction with PromoMadrid, ICEX and the Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Madrid to provide events and services for Madrid companies such as business matchmaking events and business lecture series.
The CBI's mission is to help create and sustain the conditions in which businesses in the United Kingdom can compete and prosper for the benefit of all. The CBI is the UK's largest and most influential business group. Its Beijing office was established in 2006 and has more than 500 member companies in China covering 20 sectors.
The Czech Trade Promotion Agency was established by the Ministry of Industry and Trade of the Czech Republic in May 1997. The main objective is to promote the internationalization of Czech companies by facilitating their cooperation links with foreign entrepreneurs. Czech Trade's head office is located in Prague. By the end of 2014, Czech Trade operates 45 foreign offices in 40 countries worldwide (including offices in Beijing, Shanghai and Chengdu). The network of Czech Trade´s foreign offices provides practical assistance to Czech exporters abroad, and acts as an official contact partner for those foreign companies looking for qualified Czech-based suppliers of products, providers of services or investors.
The Danish Chamber of Commerce in China (DCCC) is a non-profit organization, which serves as the natural centre for the Danish business community in China by providing a platform for networking, information and best practice sharing as well as helping Danish companies grow and develop their business in, - and with China.
DCCC co-operates with the Royal Danish Embassy and the regional trade organizations through DCCC's three chapters in China (Beijing, Shanghai, and Guangzhou)
DCCC furthermore sees it as its goal to promote dynamic and constructive commercial relations between Denmark and China.
DCCC is arranging regular breakfast meetings, lectures and seminars, training workshops, company visits as well as social functions.
DCCC is also promoting the sharing of knowledge and other information concerning commerce and Sino-Danish matters, as well as giving recommendations to the Chinese and Danish Governments and other authorities on legislative and other measures affecting trade between Denmark and China
AHK in Greater China is the key player of German foreign business development on behalf of the Government of the Federal Republic of Germany. With offices in Beijing, Shanghai, Guangzhou, Hong Kong and Taipei it represents German business interests in China and advocates Sino-German business cooperation. AHK Greater China is part of a Network of over 120 German Business Representations worldwide which support German business interests for more than 150 years. The first office in the Greater China Region was established in 1981 in Taipei.
More information at www.china.ahk.de.
'DUSA - European Association Suzhou' is a private, non-profit organization based in Suzhou, Jiangsu Province, China. It was founded in November 2002 by several German companies with the goal to give these small companies a stronger position and security against the odds of doing business in China. DUSA is providing information & competence, enabling cross company collaboration, pooling of interests and fostering of networking. Today, DUSA has more than 150 company members with over 600 individual members mainly in Suzhou and vicinity. Based on the joint efforts of all of these members, DUSA has built up a reputation as a trusted business platform helping its members to stay on top in an ever changing, very dynamic environment. Companies and individuals with European business interests (either directly or through trade) are invited to join and participate in the 'DUSA European Association Suzhou'
The Dutch Chamber of Commerce (Dutch Chamber) is a non-profit organization representing large-, medium- and small-sized companies which have an active interest in developing two-way trade between the Netherlands, Hong Kong, and the region. Established in 1991, the Dutch Chamber provides SMEs with advice and information concerning the business environment and opportunities in Hong Kong. Furthermore it puts these companies in touch with the right people and/or organizations to get started. E: email@example.com
Dutch Design Workspace is a Dutch government funded incubator program that provides support to Dutch design firms setting up in China with two important elements; a plug and play shared office space and a special support program. The aim of Dutch Design Workspace is to create a bigger business momentum by having designers from different disciplines work together for an exchange of knowledge/expertise and to provide the much needed guidance for beginning or expanding companies/designers in China.
EALink is a one-stop-shop where European SMEs and business organisations can find key information and relevant links to develop business in Asia
EALink gives you direct access to various European business support initiatives in Asia, with latest reports, trainings, seminars and services. With only 2 clicks away, EALink puts you in direct contact with Asia based experts and organisations, who can answer your questions and help you to be successful in different Asian markets.
The Europe-China Clean Energy Centre (EC2) is a 5-year EU-funded cooperation project started in 2010, set-up by the European Commission, the National Energy Administration of China and the Ministry of Commerce of China and supported by the Italian Ministry for the Environment, Land and Sea.
EC2's main tasks are to promote an increased use of clean energy in China and to support Chinese Government¹s efforts to shape a more sustainable, environmental friendly and efficient energy sector. EC2 network, including nine European and Chinese partners, acts as a intelligent hub providing advices to Chinese and European players in the field in order to foster technology transfer and cooperation, assist policy-making activities, deliver institutional capacity building, and raise awareness on clean energy and its benefit to the environment. EC2 focus areas are: clean coal, sustainable biofuels, renewable energy, energy efficiency in energy consumption, and sustainable and efficient distribution systems.
The Enterprise Europe Network is the largest network of contact points providing information and advice to EU companies on EU matters, in particular small and medium enterprises (SMEs). Launched in 2008 by the European Commission, the Enterprise Europe Network is made up of close to 600 partner organisations in more than 40 countries, promoting competitiveness and innovation at the local level in Europe and beyond.
ECCI is a private non-profit organization, covering the whole of Estonia, whose members are companies and organisations registered in Estonia. ECCI supports and assist Estonian companies in manyfold acticities relating to entrepreneurship at home and and abroad as well as foreign companies wishing to enter the Estonian market. This includes legal and foreign trade consultations, organising business meetings with local companies and business programmes for delegations visiting Estonia, market research, mediating business contacts. ECCI is the first point of contact to a vast majority of foreign companies wishing to conduct business in Estonia.
ECCI is actively involved in projects promoting cooperation between the Baltic Sea region and China and is continuing in facilitating the interest form Estonian SMEs towards China.
EU Gateway to China is an EU-funded initiative helping European companies to establish long-lasting business collaborations in China. This promising market is included as a pilot of the wider EU Gateway | Business Avenues, a flagship programme of the European Union which is also targeting Korea and South East Asia.
The programme offers market intelligence, coaching and support to selected European companies participating in a week-long business mission to China.
Each participating company will have a dedicated exhibition space to showcase its products and services, and will also benefit from personalised matchmaking services, including pre-arranged meetings with potential business partners in China.
EU Gateway to China focuses on five key sectors:
- Environment & Water Technologies
- Green Energy Technologies
- Construction & Building Technologies
- Food & Beverages
Each business mission accommodates up to 50 European companies and there will be 4 business missions during 2016-2017.
More info: www.eu-gateway.eu
The EU SME Centre in Beijing 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, Advice Centre, Training Centre, SME Advocacy Platform and Hot-Desks.
The Centre is funded by the European Union and implemented by a consortium of six partners - the China-Britain Business Council, the Benelux Chamber of Commerce, the China-Italy Chamber of Commerce, the French Chamber of Commerce in China, the EUROCHAMBRES, and the European Union Chamber of Commerce in China.
To learn more about the Centre, visit website www.eusmecentre.org.cn
EURATEX's main objective is to promote the interests of its members while taking into account the European Union's institutional framework and its international obligations. As the voice of the European textile and clothing industry, EURATEX's main objective is to create an environment within the European Union which is conducive to the manufacture of textile and clothing products. Its headquarters in Brussels are within touching distance of the major decision-making bodies of the EU, at Commission, Parliament and Council level.
In this context, the major areas of concern to EURATEX over recent years have been: to ensure the smoothest possible transition into the quota-free era, to promote a further expansion of the EU exports of textiles and clothing, to promote legislation and its application in the field of intellectual property, to support measures which enhance environmental protection but which are at the same time acceptable to the industry, to promote and participate in research, development, innovation and other educational or social projects which bring value added to the industry at European level, to engage in a constructive social dialogue at EU level with our social partners, and to disseminate economic and statistical data to the membership.
The European Chamber of Commerce in Hong Kong (ECC) is a non-governmental business interest group which creates business opportunities via its network of Chambers, business associations and government agencies. The ECC is a 'Chamber of Chambers' with its membership comprising 12 European national chambers based in Hong Kong and 1 in Macau.
The European Chamber is the voice of European business in China: providing a channel of communication within high-level Chinese and European political and economic circles; as well as monitoring and reporting on China´s market access and lobbying on trade related issues.
Finnish Business Council Shanghai, FBCS, is the largest business networking platform for Finland-related companies in Greater Shanghai area. FBCS's mission is to provide its members with quality assured information and a forum to network and to share experiences. In order to fulfil this mission, FBCS arranges regular seminars and events, maintains a website, distributes a membership newsletter and participates in joint projects with other Finnish and Nordic organizations.
FinChi Innovation Centre, headquartered in Shanghai with a branch office in Shenzhen, is a non-profit organization dedicated to providing a fast, safe and trouble-free platform for Finnish companies, institutions and other organizations entering China. In this unique Finland-China community with furnished office premises, all clients can benefit from FinChi full access to local business contacts and players, as well as FinChi turnkey practical assistance in optimizing their business development in China.
FinnCham facilitates opportunities for its members to promote their business interests in Hong Kong and through Hong Kong into Mainland China, and fosters commerce and communication between Finland and Hong Kong. The Chamber represents its member companies in several major international forums: the International Business Committee (IBC) and the European Chamber of Commerce Hong Kong (ECC). In addition, the Finnish Chamber of Commerce in Hong Kong is part of the FinnCham global network www.finncham.fi, Team Finland Hong Kong, InterCham and InterSME in Hong Kong. FinnCham welcomes all Hong Kong and overseas companies interested in trade between Finland and Hong Kong as well as China, and both companies and individuals of all nationalities interested in participating in our activities, to join the Chamber either as a corporate, overseas or individual member.
Finpro is a globally operating organization that helps Finnish companies grow internationally and successfully. Finpro has over 350 professionals working in 65 offices in more than 40 countries. Finpro serves companies by enabling them to be at the right markets at the right time with a competitive offering and concept. Finpro as a public-private partner belongs to the Ministry of Employment and the Economy Group and works closely with other players in Finnish innovation ecosystem such as ELY-centers, Tekes and Ministry for Foreign Affairs.
The Flanders Cleantech Association (FCA) was established in 2010 and is a free and open association for all cleantech stakeholders in the Flanders region of Belgium, including companies, knowledge institutions, investors and cleantech service associations. We operate closely with Chambers of Commerce and with the Flanders Investment and Trade agency to more strongly coordinate and promote technology, know-how and skills of our cleantech companies internationally. Our main focus is to decrease barriers of export for our companies to China and India and to support international cleantech related companies wishing to invest in Flanders or wishing to forge long-lasting partnerships.
Flanders investment & trade is a government agency supporting Flanders based businesses working abroad, and foreign companies wishing to set up operations in northern Belgium.
Greek Innovation is an online platform with the goal to share information about technology transfer and innovation for the global business community.
Grupo SODERCAN is a group of public enterprises under the Regional Ministry of Innovation, Industry Commerce and Tourism of the Cantabrian Government, whose purpose is to contribute actively to strengthening the Cantabrian industrial network.
Grupo SODERCAN aims to promote entrepreneurial talent, attract investment and support the development and diversification of businesses in order to improve their ability to compete.
Grupo SODERCAN provides companies with industrial land, assistance in appointing experts, organizational improvement programs and support in the search for new international markets and in research, development and innovation projects.
Grupo SODERCAN has a large team of highly qualified professionals who are able to provide a comprehensive response to the needs of the companies that want to develop and create jobs and wealth.
The mission of the Hungarian Chamber of Commerce and Industry (HCCI) is to foster the development of the economy, the safety of business transactions and fair market practices, and the representation of the common interests of those carrying out business activities. HCCI especially aims at strengthening small and medium sized enterprises, by increasing their competitiveness and creating proper co-operation between small businesses and multinational companies. Today the voluntary based chamber system is supported by more than 33,000 companies.
The Hungarian Investment and Trade Agency (HITA) was established by the Government to promote the international business activities of Hungarian small and medium-sized enterprises and to encourage foreign businesses to invest in Hungary. The Agency is a central organisation subordinated directly to the Prime Minister. The activities of the Agency are controlled by the Prime Minister, as prescribed by law, via the State Secretary for Foreign Affairs and External Economic Relations at the Prime Minister's Office.
Informest Consulting Ltd. is a spin-off of the Assistance & Consultancy Department from Informest, established in 1991 under Italian Law n.19, with the objective of promoting the economic development and internationalisation process of Italian SMEs. The focus of Informest Consulting’s activity is the provision of advisory services in international business, at different levels of SMEs’ internationalisation – starting from general foreign market information to more complex consulting services such as export strategies, joint-venture business planning, start-up, etc. Informest Consulting has highly qualified staff with more than 15 years of experience, and a multi-competent network, counting more than 70 specialists in over 40 countries. For more information visit the Informest Consulting web site: www.informestconsulting.it
The International Network for Small and Medium Sized Enterprises – INSME - is a non-profit Association, based in Rome (Italy), open to international membership. Its mission is to stimulate transnational cooperation and public and private partnership in the field of innovation and technology transfer to SMEs. Activities are supported by the Italian Ministry for Economic Development.
Established in 1980, Intellectual Property Publishing House (IPPH) is on the field of Patent Information Service and Patent Document Publication. As a subordinate of State Intellectual Office of China, our mission is to deliver professional services and portfolio solutions to governments, organizations and businesses. Portfolio services include patent document translation, searching, patent monitoring and mining. Since 2010, Patent Information Annual Conference of China(PIAC) –the most influential official event within Chinese Patent Industry has been successfully hosted by IPPH. From 2010-2013, PIAC has received 3600 participants, 88 guest speakers, and 117 exhibitors.
Intellectual Property Publishing House Webpage can be accessed here: http://www.ipph.cn/en/
The International Trademark Association (INTA) is a not-for-profit membership association dedicated to the support and advancement of trademarks and related intellectual property as elements of fair and effective commerce. Headquartered in New York City, INTA also has offices in Shanghai and Brussels and representatives in Geneva, Mumbai and Washington D.C.
INTA membership is over 5,700 organizations in more than 190 countries and is comprised of companies from across all industries and sizes that own trademarks; law and service firms; and academics. INTA focuses on a number of benefits and services that provide value to our members including: policy development and advocacy at national, regional and international level; global trademark research materials; and education and training programs. The Association offers a wide range of complimentary resources and information on the basics of trademarks, via a dedicated SME Portal at www.inta.org/sme.
Kaunas Chamber of Commerce, Industry and Crafts (KCCIC) is a non - governmental and a non - profit seeking organization, unifying various businesses, educational, scientific and high technology institutions, registered in Lithuania. KCCIC provides support services for business development and international growth, represents members’ and general business needs and interests, consolidates community. KCCIC is the main contact point for foreign companies searching for business partners in Lithuania.
LNP China make it easy and secure for the best companies from overseas to thrive in China. Many foreign SMEs with an opportunity to do business in China get put off by the time, cost, and risk of setting up and running a company there. LNP China remove this issue, by operating clients’ back- office services, during their first few years of growth.
By outsourcing back-office services to us, such as financial operations and HR, our Clients can focus 100% of their time on developing their products, team, and sales channels in China. An Easy, Secure, and High-Growth option for China market-entry.
Founded in 2007 by Andy Clayton, LNP China has been driven by a core belief that business in China can be easy, even for small companies. LNP China has transacted over £20 million of EU SME business in China to-date.
The Netherlands Business Support Offices (NBSOs) are set up by the Ministry of Economic Affairs (via NL EVD International) specifically to support Dutch businesses in their international activities. The NBSOs are dedicated to the promotion of Dutch trade and investment and are particularly effective in supporting small and medium-size enterprises (SMEs). Services of the NBSO offices include responding to trade requests, conducting business partner scans, support of economic missions, trade promotion and identification of market opportunities. In China, there are NBSO offices in Chengdu, Dalian, Jinan, Nanjing, Qingdao and Wuhan. Together with the economic departments of the Embassy and the Consulates-General, they form the economic network.
The Netherlands Patent Office, a department of the Netherlands Enterprise Agency, implements (inter)national patenting regulations within the Netherlands and promotes the use of patents as a source of information and inspiration.
We offer support and supervision to entrepreneurs, service organisations, scientists, researchers, students and other interested parties in the Netherlands. You may consult us free of charge regarding any queries about patents and other ways of protecting intellectual property (IP).
Tue 20 – Wed 21, March, Stockholm, Sweden
The Nordic IPR Forum is the most renowned Intellectual Property Rights event for the Nordic region. Over the past 9 years, it has established a reputation for being a unique IP event for senior IP professionals to address complex needs, explore strategies to boost business performance, learn and benchmark against the latest IP trends and best practice.
Orgalime, the European Engineering Industries Association, speaks for 33 trade federations representing some 130,000 companies in the mechanical, electrical, electronic, metalworking & metal articles industries of 22 European countries. The industry employs some 9.7 million people in the EU and in 2010 accounted for some €1,510 billion of annual output. The industry not only represents some 28% of the output of manufactured products but also a third of the manufactured exports of the European Union.
Own-it offers intellectual property (IP) advice, information and learning resources for the creative sector. We offer a range of services, from basic to specialist support, through an online enquiries system, online and face-to face seminars and workshops and, where appropriate, surgeries with IP lawyers. We work with a network of IP advisers including leading law firms, law schools and specialists at various trade organisations associated with the creative industries in the UK.
Own-it is funded by the University of the Arts London (UAL). Membership is free to all. UAL staff, students and recent graduates have free access to all services while external users pay a small nominal admin fee for some services such as sample contracts and IP clinics. To register with Own-it and gain free access to our resources, click here.
Regional Advisory and Information Centre Presov (RPIC Presov) is a business support centre operating in eastern part of Slovakia and providing services for entrepreneurs and participating in various regional, national and international projects and initiatives of European Commission.
RAIC Presov is an independent organisation with a non-profit character established to support and create conditions for development of SMEs with the purpose of the social-economic development mainly in the region of Presov as well as whole Eastern Slovakia
Confindustria Sicilia is the oldest of the 18 Regional Federations that belong to Confindustria System.
It was established in Catania on the 6th of November 1944, bringing together the Associations of the Industrialists of Catania, Messina, Palermo and Syracuse in order to “coordinate and strengthen the economic activities and develop the entrepreneurial fabric of the island.
Confindustria Sicilia nowadays has 9 provincial Associations, with about 3000 members, all industrial companies that represent 40% of the regional industrial turnover.
Complying with the National Regulations of the Federation regarding roles and services, Confindustria Sicilia aims at several initiatives, among others:
a) Representing the industrial key players at regional level and tackling relevant matters for the economical and productive activities;
b) Studying and treating with the Institutions issues related to the economic, social and technological development of the regional territory and participating in the definition of the economic programme of the Region;
c) Undertaking, at regional level, interventions aimed at creating the conditions for a successful implementation of the entrepreneurial activities directed to different components of the social and economic environment;
d) Participating in the establishment of federation bodies according to the dispositions contained in the Statute and Regulation of the Federation and ensuring, also through these bodies, the flow of information to the member associations.
The Spanish Chamber of Commerce in China helps Spanish companies to develop their business in China through their network in Beijing, Shanghai and South China. The Chamber particularly encourages its member's interest in an active and preferential way in order to promote commercial relationships between Spain and China. The Spanish Chamber provides information, services and contacts necessary to carry out business in China, which is an added value for its members. Furthermore, the Chamber plays an important role in the defence of the interests of Spanish entrepreneurs active in China. To this respect, the Chamber encourages communication between the growing Spanish business community in China and establishing a constructive relationship with the Spanish and Chinese authorities.
Tekes is the most important publicly funded expert organization for financing research, development and innovation in Finland and does not derive any financial profit from its activities, nor claim any intellectual proprietary rights. Tekes promotes a broad-based view on innovation: besides funding technological breakthroughs, the organisation emphasizes the significance of service-related, design, business, and social innovation. To that respect, Tekes works with top innovative companies and research units in Finland. All research, development and innovation funding is targeted to projects that create in the long-term the greatest benefits for the economy and society.
The China-Italy Chamber of Commerce (CICC) is a free, not for profit, elective and apolitical association of private Italian entrepreneurs and enterprises, established in 1991 and recognized by the Italian Ministry of Economic Development. It operates in tune with the Italian diplomatic bodies in China and with the Italian Trade Commission, to organize and coordinate activities to the benefit of the local business community. Its headquarters are in Beijing, and has local offices in Shanghai and Canton. CICC belongs to the network of 73 Italian Chambers abroad, and works in close cooperation with all the national Chambers in China, including EUCCC. For information: firstname.lastname@example.org.
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The European IPR Helpdesk provides direct support and advice in Intellectual Property Rights (IPR) issues to beneficiaries of European Union (EU) funded projects focusing on Research and Technical Development (RTD) as well as Competitiveness and Innovation Programmes (CIP).
At the same time the European IPR Helpdesk provides direct support and advice to EU Small and Medium Sized Enterprises (SMEs), including micro-enterprises, in general in the process of negotiating or concluding transnational partnership agreements, especially through the Enterprise Europe Network.
The French Chamber of Commerce and Industry in China (CCIFC) is a private associative structure established in 1992 which focuses on supporting French and Sino-French firms and helping them develop their business in China. It gathers more than 1,200 members. Its priority is to offer services to its members: commercial support, a business center, HR support, publications, conferences, working groups and networking events. On the other hand, it supports French companies not yet established in China and willing to develop their business in the country. The CCIFC has its headquarters in Beijing, branches and representative offices in Shanghai, Guangzhou, Shenzhen, Wuhan, Kunming, Dalian, Xiamen and Tianjin.
The French Chamber is today one of the largest European chambers in Hong Kong and one of the largest French Chambers in Asia-Pacific. Established in 1986, the French Chamber is a private association that caters for its members’ needs and interests. Members are its stakeholders and they design the French Chamber’s actions.
The German Centre Beijing supports small and medium-sized German companies in opening or expanding their own local base in China. Through the combination of offices and services, and the easy access to networks, companies can quickly enter new markets with calculable risk and manageable costs. During events and seminars, German and local companies can exchange information and experiences. This is advantageous mainly for newcomers to the market. Working as an interface and meeting point for the German business community in Beijing, the German Centre together with its partners, the German Embassy, the German Chamber of Commerce, and other service providers, facilitates easy access to German and local networks.
The UK Intellectual Property Office is the government’s Executive Agency responsible for IP. Their international arm leads on supporting UK businesses to succeed in the global economy. They work with international partners, government departments, businesses and others to develop an international intellectual property framework that meets the challenges of today’s increasing global markets. This is done by building relationships with policymakers from around the world to help shape the international debate on intellectual property.
In addition the team provides dedicated advice to companies on IP-related issues in ASEAN/China working closely with British business representatives to raise awareness of intellectual property and to support and advise businesses considering expanding to ASEAN/China and those already based in the region. The support is provided from the UK and also through the attaché based in the region. The international team aims to help businesses operating overseas to make the most of their intellectual property and to support the UK government’s drive for growth and trade.
With professional advisers across 96 international markets, UK Trade & Investment is the government department that helps UK-based companies succeed in the global economy and assists overseas companies to bring their high-quality investment to the UK.
The "Understanding China" aims to improve the understanding of European SMEs of the Chinese market. A wide range of activities is carried out to achieve this overall objective. They can be grouped under two main sections: annual training for business representative organisations and a series of policy dialogue events (conferences, SME roundtables, China Advisory Council, interactive website community). The programme is co-financed by the European Commission's Directorate General Development and Cooperation - EuropeAid.
The VDMA (Verband Deutscher Maschinen - und Anlagenbau - German Engineering Federation) is one of the key association service providers in Europe and offers the largest engineering industry network in Europe. Representing 3,000 mainly small/medium size member companies in the engineering industry, it is one of the largest and most important industrial associations in Europe.
Veneto Innovazione Spa is the regional government agency for applied research, innovation and technology transfer of Regione del Veneto in the North East of Italy. The aim is to promote and develop applied research, innovation and technology transfer inside the regional production system, particularly focused on SMEs. Veneto Innovazione is the regional reference of Enterprise Europe Network, the most important technology transfer network in the world, bringing together more than 600 business support organisations from 54 countries.