May 9, 2024

Empowering Europe's Lift Sector: A Manifesto for Growth

Empowering Europe's Lift Sector: A Manifesto for Growth

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As the European Union prepares for its next chapter, it is crucial to ensure that the voices of small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) are heard loud and clear. SMEs represent the majority in the lift sector, playing a vital role in innovation, job creation, and economic prosperity. As EFESME,  the European Federation representing these lift SMEs all around the continent, we proudly present our manifesto for the European Election, focusing on five key pillars: Economic Empowerment, Access to Finance, Digital Transformation, Sustainability and Corporate Social Responsibility, and Skills Development.

  1. Economic Empowerment: Our manifesto champions policies that foster a competitive environment for lift SMEs to thrive. We advocate for streamlined regulations, reduced bureaucratic burdens, and fair competition practices to unleash the full potential of lift SMEs in our sector.

  2. Access to Finance: Access to finance remains a critical challenge for many SMEs, not only in the lift sector. We call for initiatives that facilitate easier access to affordable loans and grants, including SME-friendly financial advice, and to the EU funding and projects.

  3. Digital Transformation: Embracing digitalisation is paramount for the future success of lift SMEs. We advocate for policies that promote the development of digital skills to provide innovative solutions tailored to the evolving needs of our industry; a fair access to data, tools, and documentation; and the development of truly European and global SME-friendly digital standards.

  4. Sustainability and Corporate Social Responsibility: We are committed to driving sustainability and corporate social responsibility within the lift sector. Our manifesto urges for SMEs-friendly business practices with a socio-environmental impact, the promotion of circular economy and repairability principles, to create a more sustainable future.

  5. Skills Development: Investing in the skills of our workforce is essential for staying competitive in a rapidly evolving global landscape. We call for comprehensive training programs and educational activities, as well as partnership with educational institutions, developed to be accessible to lift SMEs and provide them with the skills needed to adapt to technological advancements and market demands.

With our manifesto, we want to lay out a vision for a vibrant and prosperous lift sector in Europe, and the give our lift SMEs all the tools and the opportunities to thrive. By prioritising these five pillars, we want to work to create a SME-friendly business environment that can ensure that lift SMEs continue to drive innovation, create jobs, and contribute to Europe's economic growth and social well-being.

Together, let us empower Europe's lift sector and its SMEs to reach new heights of success.

Read and download the Manifesto HERE.

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