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Small and big business eye digital opportunities

FSB, in its role as a member of the European Small Business Alliance, participated in a joint event in October with eBay and Choice in eCommerce on exploring the opportunities of the Digital Single Market for small businesses.

The event enabled nine small online businesses from across Europe – including FSB member Lars Anderson from London (MyNameTags and Arty Lobster) – to raise their concerns directly with EU officials.

Mr Anderson and the other small businesses raised issues and questions concerning VAT registration, parcel delivery and regulation directly with the EU officials, while Claire Bury from the European Commission encouraged more small businesses to take part in public consultations and noted this insight as crucial.

The day-long event included a conference, a lunch roundtable and one-to-one meetings with EU officials, including Commissioner Günther Oettinger. It ended with a reception at the European Parliament hosted by MEP Kaja Kallas.