Small and medium-sized businesses in Coventry and Warwickshire had the chance to air their views on Europe at Coventry University yesterday.
The firms discussed the impact of EU trade on SMEs with nine Euro MPs from the International Market and Consumer Protection Committee.
West Midlands MEP Malcolm Harbour, who organised the trip, said: "There are a number of small businesses in the region that are tackling the European market, but there could be far more.
"We want to find out what is stopping people from trading in Europe - whether it is over regulation, lack of information or a language barrier - and overcome it."
Mr Harbour said that he was particularly keen to see the rise in university spin-off companies.
He said: " We want to encourage those who innovate and develop new products. This can be a high-risk business and we are looking for ways to support such firms."
The event was part of a two-day research trip to the Midlands.
The MEPs also visited Birmingham to talk to the Better Regulation Committee and professional firms. They also took a trip to Land Rover in Solihull to discuss regulation of the motor industry.