The GP is a tool that provides to Chambers' members useful internationalisation information and works as a hub for offers and inquires for a specific sector.
The Bulgarian Branch Chamber of Woodworking and Furniture Industry / BBCWFI / is a voluntary non-profit association whose mission is to protect and represent the interests of its members and the industry.
As a part of its internationalisation activities BBCWFI created and regularly updated a Sectoral Export Portal – a tool that provides to the chambers’ members: information for foreign markets; guidelines for export and marketing on foreign markets; access to contact network of international organizations, commercial counsellors abroad, distributors and wholesalers, architects and designers ; trade representatives; inquiries and offers from foreign companies; foreign trade and economic statistics.
Through the portal BBCWFI contribute to the development and consolidation of sectors furniture and woodworking such as:
-Providing information on advanced materials, technology, equipment and innovations in the industry;
-Providing information on the state of international markets and opportunities to establish business relations and cooperation;
-Providing information on programs to support small and medium enterprises;
-Provide information on changes in the regulations of the activities in the sector.
The main involved partners are public institutions, business support organizations and SMEs. The beneficiaries are members of BBCWFI.
The financial resources needed for development and running the portal till 2017 are 10 000 euro.
Evidence of success
The main advantage of the GP is providing of a high quality sectoral focused internationalisation support with a high level rate of success thorough the members of the BBCWI.
Since launching of the portal, the number of enterprises using it as members is 319.
Potential for learning or transfer
As the protal provides all the necessary information for woodworking and furniture sector needed for SMEs for fostering their export activities, one or several of the provided services could be transferred in other region using similar instruments developed and proposed by public or private providers of SMEs support services.