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businesses by operating various scams, including misleading advertising. The EU is so concerned about the problem that it is proposing to draw up new legislation to deal with the fraudsters.

EU to tackle ad scams T

he European Union is poised to launch an all-out offensive against criminals who are damaging

to be just the tip of the iceberg. It found that companies were typically asked to pay around £850. Now the EU has had enough, and has launched a public consultation on the matter. EU Justice

Commissioner Viviane Reding said: "Small businesses are the backbone of the European economy and can ill afford losing money to swindlers. We need solid and effective Europe-wide rules to crack down on unfair practices and to make sure the culprits cannot hide behind national borders." The EU’s public consultation will gather data from individuals and businesses. Following the

consultation, options for future EU action will be published early next year, which may include legislative changes.

For further information on anti-fraud call Craig Biffen at Enterprise Europe Network on 0121 455 0268 or email

Date at the palace for Jonathan

Jonathan Webber, Director of International Trade Services at Birmingham Chamber of Commerce, was awarded an MBE for services to business in the Queen’s Birthday Honours.

He said: “I’m just delighted, pleased and surprised. The trade team here is recognised as being one of the best in the country and we are known right across the world.”

‘We need solid and effective Europe-wide rules to crack down on unfair practices’

Mentors to support Among the scams is the widely practised tactic of sending out forms to businesses asking them to

update their details, seemingly for a free listing in a directory. Once the victim complies, they are then told that they have signed a contract, and are sent a hefty bill. A survey by the EU in 2008 documented 13,000 complaints about company directory scams – thought

female entrepreneurs A new European network of mentors to promote female entrepreneurship through the sharing of know-how and experience has been launched by the European Commission. Women only account for 34.4 per cent of the self-employed in Europe. To raise this share, successful businesswomen will assist women entrepreneurs who have established their enterprises within the past two to four years. The mentors will give these new

entrepreneurs advice on how to run and grow their enterprises in this early, critical phase of the businesses as well as help them to develop the necessary soft skills and coach them. The network will cover 17 European countries including the UK and 170 mentors will participate in it.

Entrepreneurship fits well with women's life

choices in particular giving them flexibility regarding the reconciliation of private and professional life, specifically concerning the time and place of work. Further, due to the economic crisis, many

women that have become unemployed could use their skills and knowledge to start-up their own company and create their own job. European Commission vice president Antonio

Tajani, responsible for industry and enterprises, said: “It is clear that female creativity and entrepreneurial potential are the most underexploited source of economic growth and new jobs that should be further developed in Europe. In a time of crisis we cannot afford to forgo this potential. Having more women entrepreneurs will economically empower women and contribute to growth.”


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