Birmingham has called on its MEPs to make life easier for small businesses.
Birmingham Chamber of Commerce and Industry is urging West Midlands MEPs to sign up to the European Commission's Small Business Act, which aims to cut down on red tape for small European businesses.
It wrote to the politicians to highlight the fact that the EU's 23 million SMEs, which make up 99.8 per cent of all businesses, are still not given the recognition and support they deserve, despite being responsible for 81.6 per cent of job creation and nearly 60 per cent of GDP in the Eurozone.
Charlotte Ritchie, head of policy at Birmingham Chamber of Commerce and Industry, said small companies continued to face considerable obstacles to their growth and development, and many policy makers were still ignoring the "think small first" principle.
And she said a flourishing small business community was paramount if Europe wanted to stay dynamic, competitive and innovative.
"The Small Business Act for Europe can help to unlock SMEs' growth potential but for it to be successful, it must engage policy makers at all levels in the delivery of concrete results to improve the business environment," she said.
Birmingham was joined by Chambers of Commerce across the UK, which have written to local MEPs to say they should be doing more to promote SMEs, as elected representatives of business owners, managers and employees.
They say it is important the SBA does not become another declaration of intent backed by little or no action.
After coming under pressure from the French government, the European Commission has been consulting EU member states on the form and content the Small Business Act should take and expects to publish proposals by mid-June.
The Act is likely to aim to simplify the business environment for SMEs through the introduction of common commencement dates across the EU, making it easier to access existing funds, boosting research and innovation, improving access to international markets through the creation of European Business Centres and creating more trade programmes designed specifically for SMEs.
The Government has more limited aspirations for the Small Business Act and wants to use it to spread best practice in areas where it leads the pack such as women's enterprise.