ESBA Board in Brussels
Our first ‘in person’ Board meeting was held on the 18th October 2022 in Brussels since before COVID. We set our 2023 objectives, which will include visiting our member organisations as part of 25th Anniversary programme next year, which will include Croatia and Gibraltar.
As the Project Lead for the womens entrepreeurs project, WEgate, a COSME funded programme, we reviewed the WEgate Summit held on the 17th October, Brussels in the EESC building. The day, attended by over 100 womens entrepreneurs, had some excellent conclusions and will be published in these columns soon
In the photo are, L-R are Lale Shener, Brussels Representative KTTO North Cyprus; David Caro ESBA President; Yawar Khan, ESBA Vice President and Asian Catering Federation UK; Roby Nathanson, LAHAV Israel; Evren Ercelik, KTTO North Cyprus; John Walker, ESBA Hon Treasurer and Hrvoje Bujas, ESBA Board member and Glas Poduzentnika, Croatia.
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18th Oct 2022
Who are we?
The European Small Business Alliance (ESBA) is a respected, apolitical, and influential advocate for European entrepreneurs. We are the campaigning voice for the modern European entrepreneur.
Independent. Knowledgeable. Influential. Challenging. And Loud.
Who are our members?
ESBA campaigns on behalf of a million small businesses throughout Europe, all of whom (whether they are micros, self employed, traditional family businesses, or hi-tech startups), share one very important thing in common. They are all entrepreneurs.
What do they want?
Our members told us that they wanted an organisation that looks like them, thinks like them, talks like them, and that really understands them.
They wanted to see innovation and creativity in the way we approach our job of representing their interests.
They want someone to be a voice for them, to talk about their needs and their problems to the EU institutions.
They also want an organisation to represent them in a twenty-first century way, using twenty-first century techniques.
And finally, they said they would like to belong to a truly diverse membership, full of the young (not forgetting the young at heart), women entrepreneurs, those from minority ethnic cultures, the immigrant searching for a better life, the socially responsible environmentally conscious entrepreneur, the disabled, those who pursue modern lifestyles, and those who thirst to learn new ways to grow their business.
They told us. We listened.
What do we campaign for?
In order to improve the lives of all European entrepreneurs, ESBA regularly seeks the views of its membership and uses them to create the ‘ESBA Manifesto for Change‘. Then we campaign hard to convince government to make these changes.
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What are the benefits of membership?
We offer the help, advice, information and support that our members seek, with services based on listening to their needs and concerns. We campaign on behalf of our members using our unique ‘Manifesto for Change’, a policy stance that they help design.
But the biggest benefit our members enjoy is that we provide them with a voice where it matters, in Brussels.
An independent voice.
A voice for change.