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EU must help small business

I welcome the report presented to the European Parliament which calls on the EU to help small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) to develop efficient strategies to allow them to seize opportunities in the global market.

SMEs represent almost 99% of companies in the EU and employ 70% of the workforce.

Nowhere can we see this more than in Northern Ireland, where SMEs form the backbone of our economy, but which need all the available support that can get as unemployment figures continue to rise.

I fully believe that it is of vital importance that Europe utilises all tools available to help our ingenious SMEs.

JIM NICHOLSON MEP

Ulster Unionist Party

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