Business Beyond Borders is a European Commission (EC)-funded initiative which helps 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 is provided to companies participating at international fairs by establishing a series of Business to Business (B2B), Cluster to Cluster (C2C), and Business to Cluster (B2C) matchmaking events; and by supporting the development of the companies’ activities in target markets (Australia, South Africa, India, Chile, Iran, among others).


The Business Beyond Borders Consortium manages the programme on behalf of the European Commission. It comprises:

EUROCHAMBRES: The Association of European Chambers of Commerce and Industry

EMECA: The European Major Exhibition Centres Association

UFI: The leading global association of the world’s tradeshow organisers and exhibition centre operators, as well as the major national and international exhibition associations

LOW: A strategic communications consultancy based in Brussels, with a network of associates across Europe.