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Project summary   Destination strategies for the competitiveness of the local SMEs The aim of Destination SMEs is to assist European territories in designing effective destination management strategies in order to provide tourist SMEs with a favourable environment for growth and improve their competitiveness.The project brings together 7 partners from 7 European countries (France, Italy, Malta, Ireland, Finland, Latvia, Slovenia) consisting of a mix of public authorities at national, regional and local level and agencies having a delegation of competences from their public authority. Creating effective tourist destinations Tourist SMEs need favourable conditions to succeed and to increase their competitiveness.  Only a well-managed "Destination" can offer such conditions.. how?Strengthening the identity of the territory Establishing a territorial tourist development strategy Ensuring a cohesion between the various tourist offers in the area Allowing cooperation among stake holders & an effective governance systemThe project: exchange of experiences and knowledge transfer Thanks to the interregional exchange, the analysis of policies and best practices from different countries and the involvement of relevant stakeholders within each area, the partners will have the opportunity to improve their territorial policies or to develop new destination management projects (action plans), giving an effective support to SMEs of the tourist sector. €1,483,536.00 from 1 Apr 2016 to 31 Mar 2021 Topic SME competitiveness Partnership Lead Partner Partner What policy instruments does the project address? Auvergne ERDF ESF regional operational programme 2014-2020; Axis 3 SMEs competitiveness; Investment priority 3d Support to the capacity of SMEs to participate to processes of innovation and growth; Specific Objective: Strengthen the finance opportunities to cover all development steps of SMEs This measure aims at supporting the creation, the development, the innovation and the improvement of the productivity of tourist SMEs. Only private investment projects (like tourist accommodation) are eligible to these subsidies. It is expected that supported SMEs will contribute to the economy of their territory, directly and indirectly. During the previous programming period, the Tourism Department of the Auvergne regional Council observed that beneficiaries of ERDF located on a territory where a destination management strategy had been developed, were more successful than others to attract customers. Indeed tourist SMEs are part of a destination, an area with activities, accommodation, transportation systems etc. Destinations that are well managed are more likely to generate `wise growth' in their visitor economy. This is why the Tourism Department introduced an inflexion in this new Operational Programme to give a preference to projects located on a territory where a destination management body or strategy exists. But the measure does not give any support to the implementation of such destination management strategies, which means that many territories in the region, and consequently many SMEs, don't benefit from the favourable environment that an "organized destination" can provide. This is the point that needs to be improved in the OP, which can be done twice a year (Application Doc.) or in 2018 (mid-term review of the OP). Which partners are working on this? Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes Tourism ‘until 31/12/2016 Regional Tourist Development Board of Auvergne’ Investment program for the growth and the occupation 2014/20, Priority axis 3, Investment priority 3.b), Action 3.3.2 The priority axis 3 is dedicated to the competitiveness promotion of SMEs. The main objective of the axis is the strengthening, modernisation and diversification of the productive systems. The intended result of the measure is to increase tourist flows in relation to the population (target value: from 23,2 days of 2013 to 24,5 days in 2023). The selected Investment priority is 3.b, which aims at developing and realizing new models of activities for SMEs, in particular as far as internationalization is concerned. Action 3.3.2 is focused on the support to the development of products and services complementary to the enhancement of identified cultural and natural attractiveness factors of the territory, even by means of the integration of businesses belonging to the cultural, tourist, sports, creative and media sectors and to the traditional and typical products supply chain. The foreseen interventions are oriented to the qualification of the accommodation and reception services and to the support to the SMEs operating in the cultural and tourist fields.   In order to increase the effectiveness of the policy which was recently approved, P2 wants to benefit from new project ideas abroad to inspire local businesses to present similar innovative projects in their territory, increasing the use of available ERDF funds by local entrepreneurs. Which partners are working on this? Grand Paradis Foundation EcoGozo – the local Sustainable Development Strategy for the island of Gozo This policy instrument aims to translate the national Sustainable Development policy into a sustainability action plan for the island of Gozo, resulting in a stronger economy, a sounder environment and an improvement of the island’s social and cultural milieu. Like all sustainability action plans, this policy is in constant need of revision and improvement. The Rural Tourism aspect – identified in the National Tourism Policy as the strategic choice for Gozo - is seen as crucial in this regard. In fact, the National Tourism Policy states that: “Gozo has established itself strongly as a quality destination attracting activity and special interest holidays. Gozo is also strong in quality relaxation travel, besides also having pioneered aspects such as rural-tourism experiences. These are attributes which strongly differentiate Gozo from mainland Malta and need to be further developed as part of the Island’s strategy to achieve more sustainable tourism flows.” The following actions are listed as Policy actions with respect to Gozo: • Development of a specific tourism strategy for Gozo within the framework of the national tourism policy • Support Gozitan traditional crafts and promote the artisans who work in these sectors • Initiatives supporting the rural characteristics of Gozo • Incentives supporting Green Tourism All these points could be dealt with by developing a transversal Destination Management strategy in order to answer all the needs identified in the policy document Which partners are working on this? Ministry for Gozo Southern & Eastern Regional Operational Programme, Priority Axis 3: SME Support, promotion and capability development. The Operational Programme sets out a strategy, including a set of investment priorities to meet the strategic objectives set for the Regional OP. The specific objective 3a, that corresponds with investment priority 3a, is ‘To increase employment levels in micro-enterprises in the Southern and Eastern Region by supporting business start-ups, business expansion and higher innovation levels in micro-enterprises’. The investment priority supports start-ups and growing businesses through the provision of business information, advisory services, capability building, mentoring and financial supports. Micro-enterprise supports are administered by Local Enterprise Offices in each local authority area. The OP states that supports will be provided for SMEs specifically targeted at micro-enterprises in the manufacturing and traded services sectors. The potential for growth in the tourism sector should be acknowledged with specific reference to the extension of supports to tourist SMEs. Also, there is a need to include supports for the establishment of destination management body(s)/ cluster for tourism related SMEs, which could develop a destination management strategy, as there is no such provision in the current OP. Unless there is specific policy support to encourage territories to organise themselves as a tourist destination, tourist SMEs are unlikely to succeed. The establishment of such a body/ cluster would increase the efficiency and effectiveness of current ERDF supports. Which partners are working on this? Cork County Council Regional Development Programme POKAT 2017 and its “sub-programme” Tourism Operational Programme 2014-2020 The Tourism Operational Programme of North Karelia 2014-2020 aims at improving competitiveness of tourism destinations, increasing international tourism, developing tourism events, nature- and culture-based tourism product development. In North Karelia, tourism sector is scattered and there is a lack of tourism SMEs agglomerations. Resources allocated to tourism development should be targeted at fewer projects, objectives and actors based on the tourism entrepreneurs needs. Better coordination and enhancing SMEs agglomerations are main foci.The Tourism Operational Programme of North Karelia 2014-2020 is a sub-programme of the Regional Strategic Programme of North Karelia for 2014-2017 that outlines regional development targets based on the region’s potential, needs, culture and special characteristics. Tourism is one of the selected development targets. Which partners are working on this? Regional Council of North Karelia National Operational Programme “Growth and Employment” investment priority No. 3.2.: "Supporting the capacity of SMEs to engage in regional, national and international markets, and innovation processes." Specific Objective No. 3.2.1.: to promote the competitiveness and exporting capacity of SMEs. This policy aims at promoting international awareness of Latvian products and services, thus increasing the competitiveness of enterprises in external markets and hence, the volumes of export of goods and services of SME’s. It does not cover destination management as one of the means for increasing competitiveness of SMEs.The cooperation approach for implementing destinations and promoting SMEs development and cooperation is missing. It is important that national level policy instrument includes the needs of Vidzeme region tourist SMEs. Latvian tourism development policy guidelines aims at accentuating the creation of regional tourism clusters. Educating tourism SMEs on the benefits of developing their business and joining clusters is encouraged in the Tourism development policy guidelines. Destination SMEs will help to draw the attention to destination management issues. Vidzeme region set up a tourism cluster in the Gauja national park and sustainable tourism is included as one of the region’s S3 areas. In order to develop the cluster and implement region’s S3, it is important to improve the coverage of destination management in the National Operational Programme. Since the last planning period, there have been discussions of the disadvantages of dispersed investments and on the advantages of stakeholder cooperation in a destination. The detailed conditions of implementing the policy instrument are still in progress, so it would be advisable to include clustering in it. Which partners are working on this? Vidzeme Planning Region Policy of encouraging competitiveness of Slovenian tourism (Slovenian Tourism Development Strategy), Measure 1.1 “Encouraging development of tourist destinations” The policy to facilitate increase the competitiveness of Slovenian tourism is included in Slovenian Tourism Development Strategy. Within the project we will focus on the Measure 1.1 of respected policy - namely “Encouraging development of tourist destinations” which proposes an active participation of all stakeholders in Slovenian tourism (regional tourism organisations, local tourism organisations, tourist societies, etc.) for developing effective tourism destinations with high-quality and attractive integrated tourism products as well implementing sustainable and responsible management in the tourism industry and at destinations.  Slovenian Tourism Development Strategy is the key strategic document in the field of tourism development and sets out the role and the importance of all stakeholders in this field. Roughly, we can summarise three development areas in national tourism strategy: - increase competitiveness, - increase favourable business environment and - increase efficient and innovative marketing. Which partners are working on this? Institute for Culture, Tourism and Sport Murska Sobota Final Destination SMEs video newsletter Destination SMEs final video newsletter shows the main results of the project at the end of Phase 1 Have a look at the video (function(d, s, id) { var js, fjs = d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0]; if (d.getElementById(id)) return; js = d.createElement(s); js.id = id; js.src = "//connect.facebook.net/en_US/sdk.js#xfbml=1&version=v2.10"; js.async = true; fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js, fjs); }(document, 'script', 'facebook-jssdk')); Destination SMEs Tweets by Destination SMEs Latest News See all project news 16/10/2020 DSMEs workshop at the #EURegionsWeek The workshop “Cooperation for better Destination Management” was held on October 14, 2020 with the aim of sharing DSMEs Projects tips and tricks on what makes Type: Project 20/09/2020 Cooperation for better Destination Management What makes a destination management policy more effective? Destination SMEs project will share tips and tricks on governance and empowerment of SMEs. Type: Project 02/03/2020 Cork County Council - A dissemination event Cork County Council recently hosted an awareness event about the project and extent of supports available for SMEs in the Tourism sector in Cork. Type: Project 18/02/2020 Ministry for Gozo - approved the Pilot Action The Ministry for Gozo is pleased to announce that the Interreg Europe monitoring committee has approved the request for a pilot action Type: Project 16/01/2020 The PP met in Amsterdam to share the progresses At one year from the beginning of the second phase, the Project Partners met in Amsterdam to supervise its development and to plan the next actions. Type: Project 27/04/2018 Destination SMEs project study visit to Slovenia During study visit in Slovenia "Destination SMEs" partners learned about public policies and implemented initiatives related to destination management. Type: Project 08/01/2018 Exploring tourism practices in North Karelia In December 2017 Destination SMEs partners went to North Karelia, Finland, to learn about the region’s practices related to destination management. Type: Project 16/10/2017 Good Practices showcased in Cork Destination SMes project: policy learning in Destination Management moves to Cork Type: Project 30/05/2017 Destination Gran Paradiso Destination SMEs partners met in Italy from 29 May to 1 June 2017 in the Gran Paradiso area (Aosta Valley) for the fourth project study trip. Type: Project 02/05/2017 Discovering the Vidzeme tourism destinations Coming back from the 3rd "Destination SMEs" study trip to Vidzeme (Latvia): the strengths of Vidzeme tourism destinations? Cooperation and hospitality. Type: Project
Project summary SILVER SMEs aims to improve the implementation and delivery of Regional Policies for SMEs competitiveness by building on significant opportunities arising from the Silver Economy (SE). This 5 year Interreg Europe project was launched in June 2018. €1,868,484.00 from 1 Jun 2018 to 31 May 2023 Topic SME competitiveness What will this project change? 1. Silver SMEs objective SILVER SMEs wishes to improve the implementation of Regional Policies for SMEs competitiveness by taking better advantage of opportunities derived from the Silver Economy. Importantly, by supporting the development of new SMEs in the Silver Economy, an intrinsic objective is to generate services and goods that will contribute to improve the quality of life within an ageing society, in particular in rural or remote EU areas. 2. Silver SMEs expected impacts  Did you know that the Silver Economy accounted for over 78 million of jobs in the EU in 2015? Through the development of the Silver Economy and support of SMEs in all stages of their life cycle, our project will bring important job opportunities in sectors of high relevance to the Silver Economy. Beside healthcare, the Silver Economy offers new opportunities as well for a wide range of subsectors, such as silver tourism, development of ICT Apps, Internet of Things, transport, shopping, cleaning, housing, etc. We expect the project to identify relevant practices that will contribute to promoting the engagement of regions in innovation of Silver Economy SMEs. This will allow to develop, from a mid-term perspective, new ICT-products and services that will allow public authorities to deliver better and cheaper care for all. To do so, we will change and improve 8 regional policies in our partners’ regions. 3. Silver SMEs main activities   Silver SMEs will identify and improve policy measures for the promotion of the Silver Economy. Our aim is for regional authorities to acknowledge the opportunities linked to the Silver Economy and develop tools for the business environment linked to the ageing society (62 years old onwards). Silver SMEs will collect 60 good practices across the EU in the fields of housing, health, wellbeing, robotics, and ICT. Our approach will cover the SMEs development sectorial opportunities derived from key needs of 3 groups: Active people (Healthy-Wealthy) Fragile-Vulnerable people Dependent people If you are interested in the project, have a look at the map of partners to see if you can be involved in the stakeholder groups or join us during the international policy workshops Silver SMEs will be organising on each of our key target groups, as well as a transversal seminar on “Senior Tourism & Accessibility”. You can also find us on Facebook, Twitter and Linkedin.     Partnership Lead Partner Partner What policy instruments does the project address? ERDF Regional Operational Programme T.O.3 Improve the capacity of SMEs. E.O. 3.4.1 To promote the growth and consolidation of SMEs The population of over 65 years old represents 21% of Aragon citizens. The index of ageing is of 114% in Aragon. Within the region of Aragon, the province of Teruel is getting more masculine and older, and, due to the lack of economic activities and jobs, it is losing around 10% of inhabitants each year. Aragon’s Operational Programme has a special chapter for Teruel, focused on an Integrated Territorial Investment (ITI) at provincial level, that underlines the support at economic level to avoid “the negative effects of the depopulation”. This document and ITI make a specific reference to the need of “improving the population structure in Aragon, with special attention to rural areas, focus on young and female population, and creating the conditions that allow moderating the excessive concentration of population, increasing the quality of services in rural areas guaranteed the access to education, health and social services”. This strategy is more adapted to the reality of the region, but rather orientated towards public services. It should change and underline the importance of SME diversification to offer goods and services to elderly people. Which partners are working on this? Provincial Government of Teruel Which partners are working on this? Provincial Government of Teruel Operational Programme of the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) for North Mid Sweden (2014-2020) Priority axe 3 Improvement of SME’s competitiveness Dalarna has an old population, 30% is over 65 years old and the proportion of elderly over 75+ will considerably expand in 10-15 years. This poses challenges but also great opportunities for companies to develop services and products for a senior market that is not so well explored yet. In Dalarna’s Agenda for smart specialisation two of the prioritized areas have a clear connection to the Silver Economy; Innovative experience production and health & welfare. We are developing an innovation system with clusters, societal actors and support from the research profiles in the Dalarna University College. The Operational programme for North Mid Sweden is an important tool in creating this, but the existing measures does not fully grasp the potential to promote actions through opportunities in the Silver Economy. The Silver SMEs project affects directly to the priority axe number 3 which is related to two main investment priorities: 3a) To promote entrepreneurship, in particular by facilitating the economic exploitation of new ideas and fostering the creation of new firms, including through business incubators. Goal: To increase the number of enterprises with a growth potential. 3d) Supporting the capacity of small and medium sized enterprises to invest in the growth of regional, national and international markets and engage in innovation processes. Goal: Increased growth in the regions small and medium sized enterprises. The silver project will contribute to fill the measures of the above policy instrument with a larger content from a focus on the opportunities for business development in the light of the demographic change; the ageing population in Europe. As a result from Silver SMEs we want to see a higher number of innovative projects within the Silver economy in Dalarna the next programming period; 2021-2027. Which partners are working on this? Region Dalarna – The Regional Development Council of Dalarna County COMPETE 2020 Programme- Priority Axis no.2- Enhancing SMEs' competitiveness and Reducing of Public Administrative Costs – 3.3 – Support to the creation and enlargement of advanced abilities for the development of products and services The SME competitiveness and growth depends on innovation capacity, enabling SMEs to create new products and services, add value to the product, make the difference from the competition and gain control over the value chain. The diagnostic on the Northern Region of Portugal highlights innovation and technology transfer difficulties to market and low investment by SMEs in R & D & i . In this sense, the objective of this Policy Instrument (PI) is to support the implementation within priority areas of smart specialization strategy the development of pilot projects, pre-commercial and commercial, to accelerate the introduction of new specialized services, with great knowledge, technologies and products on the market, increasing business investment in innovation, especially concerning the elderly people with specific needs and very demanding on quality, culture, kowledge, health, customized services.  The Silver Economy is a strategic subsector that is not mentioned in the PI so far, but that can bring plenty of opportunities for economic diversification, employment and growth, in line with the objectives of the PI. There is a clear need to improve the PI thus by including Silver Economy on the map, through specific references and innovative projects, especially to support new business projects that could create new products and services. Which partners are working on this? Intermunicipal Community CIM Ave Southern and Eastern Regional Operational Programme 2014-2020 Priority 3: SME Competitiveness (pp15) he specific objective of this priority is to increase employment levels in micro-enterprises in the S&E Region by supporting business start-ups, business expansion and higher innovation levels in micro-enterprises. It will support innovative and growth oriented micro-enterprise business start-ups and expansions, with a particular emphasis on high-growth and potentially high-growth sectors through the provision of business information, advisory services, capability building, mentoring and financial supports. Main Features: Linked to RIS3, opportunities for connected health and independent living technologies are technologies that facilitate remote delivery of healthcare and assisted living, moving the emphasis of care to the patient in their own home. Objective: To harness for business the potential to transform healthcare and service delivery, thereby reducing burdens on health systems and improving the quality of life and independence of our ageing populations.  Reasons: The focus within the Silver SMEs project will be to implement effective mechanisms for industry engagement with the health system for exchange of ideas, trialling and developing new products and services by SMEs. Why it should be improved: There are pressing demographic reasons due to an aging economy to develop more sustainable means of supporting independent living in older people. This presents a series of new opportunities for SMEs to engage in innovation directed at this sector. Which partners are working on this? Cork Institute of Technology Operational Programme for the Implementation of the EU Cohesion Policy in the Period 2014-2020 OP for the Implementation of the EU Cohesion Policy in the Period 2014-2020; Priority axis 3. Dynamic and competitive entrepreneurship for green economic growth; Specific objective 3.2: Increase the added value of SMEs; 3.5 Social innovation, transnational cooperation and contribution to thematic objectives 1–7 Within the above-mentioned policy instrument document, there are no special actions regarding the development of Silver Economy (SE), but yes the specific objective 3.2 (Increase the added value of SMEs) within which it promotes the growth and development of SMEs in order to develop new and innovative products and services. It also includes instruments of to enhance access to financial sources, such as: instruments of debt and equity financial sources, non-reimbursable financial sources for specific purposes and target groups, mentorship, business consulting. The O.P. also supports contribution to broader social objectives, including social innovation, and sustainable development. However and as mentioned, in O.P. ERDF 2014-2020 Slovenia there aren’t any specific measures on SE, while demographic trends of aging population is a clear opportunity for SMEs, start-up and especially for social enterprises to develop new products and services and for creation of new jobs. New measures, concerning demographically endangered areas, should encourage directly SMEs, start-ups and social enterprises to contribute with innovative products to longevity of rapidly ageing population. Which partners are working on this? Soca Valley Development Centre ERDF Regional Operational Programme Castilla – León Castilla y León has among its distinguishing features being an eminently rural territory, with a large dispersion of population and aging.According to official data (2016) the total population of Castilla y León is 2.447. 519 inhabitants. This represents a decrease in 60.977 inhabitants during the last 20 years (period 1996-2016). The current data of population aged over 65 years is 598.328 people, increasing the statistics of the year 1996 in 86.993 inhabitants.On these grounds, Castilla y León is going through a major societal challenge in the form of a rapidly ageing population due to increased longevity combined with stagnating or falling birth rates in rural areas. An ageing society represents a number of opportunities for creation of jobs and growth that should be reflected in our strategies. The Operational Programme ERDF 2014-2020 in the region of Castilla y León includes six different priority axes related to thematic objectives linked mainly to the smart and sustainable growth pillar of the Europe 2020 Strategy. The regional policy instrument is dealing with two investment priorities addressed by SILVER SMES project: “promotion of business spirit facilitating the economic exploitation of new ideas and inspiring the creation on new enterprises and the support to SMEs’ capacity to grow in regional, national and international markets as well as innovation processes” but not especially oriented neither rural areas nor silver economy. Which partners are working on this? Society for the Development of the Province of Burgos (SODEBUR) Regional Operational Programme ERDF Nord Pas-de-Calais – Axis 1, OT3: “Promoting the creation of SMEs, their competitiveness and growth” IP3a Our activities are to support foreign companies willing to set up a business in Northern France and to support Northern France companies in their development, a large part belongs to the Silver Economy sector. Indeed, with 1.3 million of seniors in 2012, Silver economy is today one the main strategical axis of development for 400 healthcare companies representing 8,000 jobs. Consequently, Eurasanté will bring its experience in European projects and in supporting business projects devoted to the Silver Economy. For example, we are working very closely with the Region on Silver economy sector. Then, we created in September 2015 a call for proposal called “Silver Surfer” to develop innovations or technologies for the elderly people and to support silver economy SMEs. And finally, we decided to launch in 2017 a special event on Silver economy called “AgeingFit” which is the 1st business convention at the European scale dedicated to innovation in the healthy ageing sector.“ Which partners are working on this? Eurasanté EEIG REGIONAL OPERATIONAL PROGRAMME OF LUBUSKIE VOIVODSHIP 2014-2020 The main objective of the programme is a long-term, intelligent and sustainable growth and increase in qualify of living of the inhabitants of Lubuskie Voivodeship through the use and strengthening the potential of the region and focus on combating development barriers. The above goals include various TG, including persons above 50+, however, provisions concerning SME, acting for the benefit of these stakeholders, support require improvement (provision of services, production of goods). Possible for proposing solutions are, among others, support of entrepreneurs in the scope of internationalization, including both expansion of outlet markets and the possibility of international cooperation in the scope of knowledge exchange and gaining new experiences (i.e. OP 1 action 1.4 ROP). Furthermore, it is necessary to launch dedicated financial instruments for the above group of SME under OP 6. So far solutions support development of entrepreneurship, however, without taking into account the opportunities derived from the Silver Economy.  The region's policy is heading towards the support for actions towards the elderly persons. In order to fill the gap financial instruments supporting an increase of competitiveness of SME sector providing services and creating goods for healthy and active ageing would need to be created. In the region, the most difficult situation of these persons is noticeable within rural areas with limited nr. of SMEs provide services. Which partners are working on this? Regional Development Agency JSC Sign up for the SILVER SMEs newsletter Subscribe now (function(d, s, id) { var js, fjs = d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0]; if (d.getElementById(id)) return; js = d.createElement(s); js.id = id; js.src = "//connect.facebook.net/en_US/sdk.js#xfbml=1&version=v2.10"; js.async = true; fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js, fjs); }(document, 'script', 'facebook-jssdk')); SILVER SMEs Tweets by SILVER SMEs Latest News See all project news 19/01/2021 Investigating the Silver Economy in Southern Ireland In Southern Ireland, 15% of the population is over 65. Although this is only one per cent more than at the national level, where 14% of the population is over Type: Project 15/12/2020 Our recommendations for the EU Green Paper on Ageing SILVER SMEs’ partners welcome the adoption of a Green Paper on Ageing at European level and the European Commission’s aim to reflect on how to address seniors’ Type: Project 10/12/2020 Investigating the Silver Economy in region Lubuskie The share of older adults is foreseen to rise up to 40% by 2050 and ageing will therefore be among the main challenges that region Lubuskie will face Type: Project 07/12/2020 Download our 9th newsletter! Did you know that nearly 30% of the European population outside of metropolitan areas is expected to be 65 years old or older by 2050? Type: Project 19/11/2020 Polish partners discuss Lubuski’s Action Plan On 18th November 2020, the Regional Development Agency of Zielona Góra held its 5th stakeholders meeting. Type: Project 12/11/2020 Investigating the Silver Economy in Hauts de France In the Hauts de France region the share of people over 65 will increase by 30% between 2018 and 2030. Type: Project 09/11/2020 Well-being of rural seniors: insights from the OECD The OECD recently discussed the issue of the well-being of rural older adults in its report “Rural well-being: geography of opportunities” Type: Project 02/11/2020 The European challenge of active ageing post-COVID Ageing was on the agenda of the European Week of Regions and Cities, the annual event where regions and cities showcase their experiences Type: Project 22/10/2020 4th stakeholders meeting for Sodebur Sodebur oganised its fourth stakeholders meeting virtually in October Type: Project 23/09/2020 Investigating the Silver Economy in Teruel Province In the Province of Teruel (Spain), 21% of the population is over 65. Ageing is a growing and pressing issue in this Province Type: Project Latest Events See all project events Jan 27 2021 Local Info Day in Lille Eurasanté vous invite à vous informer et débattre des politiques de soutien au vieillissement de la population des Hauts-de-France Type: Project May 10-12 2021 Trieste, Italy AAL FORUM 2021 The 2021 ALL Forum will take place from 10 to 12 May 2021 in Trieste, Italy. Type: Project
Project summary The key policy instruments linked to Investments and Growth are managed mostly from the main cities (regional or national capitals), often disconnected to rural areas, and have less impact in areas of lower population density, in particular the actions towards innovation of the SMEs. The promotion of entrepreneurship spirit has to be further developed in rural areas, and in particular the promotion of new niches of business opportunities, such as “Energy, Environment, Eco-industries, ICT or Social Innovation”.  €1,022,597.00 from 1 Jan 2017 to 30 Jun 2021 Topic SME competitiveness The aim of Rural SMEs To improve the policies on regional support systems for entrepreneurs through exchange of experiences and identification of good practices, implementing the lessons learnt in regional action plans to increase the creation of innovative SMEs in rural areas. To achieve this goal the project envisages the identification, transfer and adoption of projects, measures and policies that would contribute to find out solutions to key challenges that face business development in less populated areas, such as: access to finance; communication and logistics; access to knowledge; innovation services supportIn particular, and through the organization of 7 Study visits, 4 Workshops & 2 Seminars, involving the partner’s staff and the relevant regional stakeholders, the project will focus on supporting measures linked to: Rural Entrepreneurship (public support, new niches, young entrepreneurs)Innovative Rural SMEs (Public support, circular economy, Social Innovation, etc.)  Partnership Lead Partner Partner What policy instruments does the project address? ERDF Regional Operational Programme Castilla-León This new policy instrument for the period 2014-2020 in the Spanish region of Castilla y León includes six different priority axes related with the thematic objectives corresponding mainly to the smart and sustainable growth pillar of the Europe 2020 Strategy. The project [email protected] SMEs affects directly to the priority axe number three (“Improving SMEs competitiveness”). On these grounds, the project is related directly with the three main priorities of investment: 3.1. Promotion of entrepreneur spirit. 3.2. Development and application on new market models 3.3. Support to the economic capacity of SMEs in their innovation process. Thus, this priority axe is based in two core topics: entrepreneurship promotion and establishment and development of new business. The funding allocated to this priority axe in our Operational Programme is around 83 M€.   Regarding to the main reasons for this policy improvement these are related with the lack of concrete focus in rural areas. The policy should be enriched with measures addressing the demographic reality of the region and the necessities of enterprises located in these areas, since rural SMEs barriers to business growth differ geographically. Which partners are working on this? Society for the Development of the Province of Burgos (SODEBUR) County Tipperary Local Economic and Community Plan 2015-2020 The purpose of the Local Economic and Development Plan (LECP) for County Tipperary is to set out, for a 6 year period, the objectives and actions needed to promote and support the economic, the local and community development of the county, both by the County Council itself directly and in partnership with other relevant stakeholders in the county. There is no specific funding allocated to the policy instrument, however, it does elaborate a framework by which funding is spent by local actors All local authorities in Ireland are required to make a LECP as per the Local Government Reform Act 2014. The first County Tipperary LECP was completed in January 2016 and covers the period to 2020. The statutory requirement to adopt the Tipperary LECP is an important measure at the local level in the Irish Government’s overall National Action Plan for Jobs The LECP contains a high-level economic priority and associated strategic actions of direct relevance to the [email protected] SMEs project as follows: • LECP High-Level Economic Priority1 : To promote and enable appropriate economic development opportunities throughout the county • Strategic Action E1.3: Promotion and support of smaller indigenous economic opportunities in all appropriate settlements in the county and micro-enterprise opportunities in all parts of the county, including rural areas  The policy instrument needs to be improved to incorporate practical solutions for SMEs in rural areas to exploit the innovation support system Which partners are working on this? Tipperary County Council Operational Programme for the Implementation of the EU Cohesion Policy 2014-2020, Directive 2014/95/EU Operational Programme for the Implementation of the EU cohesion Policy 2014-2020 is a centralised OP for territorial development of Slovenia, covering all 11 Thematic Objectives. Our goal is to improve Priority 9: “CLLD with specific goal better economic and social inclusion of the society, where creation of entrepreneurial activities and innovative development partnerships. The new business opportunities in the countryside has to be further fostered and developed; specific emphasis has to be on support to creation of innovative SMEs in the countryside. On the basis of the data from 2013 there is a lack of financial mechanisms for start-ups and also lack of entrepreneurial culture, more aggravated in the rural areas. The programme should be better developed in themes that concerns the: - creation of entrepreneurial activities and innovative development partnerships - specific measures and services for encouragement of the entrepreneurship in rural areas. Especially is important to tackle the issue of young entrepreneurs in countryside where specific attention need to be given to the young with potentials, women and other vulnerable groups that are facing threat of social exclusion that has little or no opportunities for the development of own entrepreneurial ideas due to lack of knowledge and different skills needed for successful start ups.   Which partners are working on this? BSC, Business support centre Ltd, Kranj O.P. of Western Grecee 2014-2020 The policy instrument addressed above is the first priority axis in Regions operational program 2014-2020 with a total budget of 70,4 m.€ , making obvious the need to be further supported and improved. The reasons it should be improved are: i) The vision for Western Greece as described in the operational program 2014-2020 is to become an innovation pole for scientists, researchers and SMEs. In that framework support will be given to entrepreneurs, SMEs and clusters especially in cases that innovation is embedded in the value chains. SMEs have been identified as a key factor not only for the improvement of competitiveness of the Region but also as a necessary condition for the recovery of regional economy and labor market. ii) A recent analysis (2014) of the Greek Ministry of Development shows that Western Greece has a very strong concentration of workers in the rural areas and agriculture ( 9th among 272 European regions) – as also in SMEs workers( 26th among 272 European regions). Having these in mind the Region’s rural SME’s play a significant role to the reconstruction of Region’s productive base .   iii) Τhe implementation of RIS3 strategy till now in the Region has highlighted the importance of supporting rural SMEs in a more holistic approach, establishing links with research institutes and commerce organizations. It’s remarkable the consensus of all the regional research and commerce players to focus on the rural SMEs as the locomotive of a sustainable development.  Which partners are working on this? REGIONAL DEVELOPMENT FUND OF REGION OF WESTERN GREECE ON BEHALF OF REGION OF WESTERN GREECE Economic Development and Innovation Operative Program Within Széchenyi 2020, the Economic Development and Innovation Operation Programme (GINOP) is dealing with the issue of the project. The policy instrument related to the approach called Needs of territories with serious environmental or demographic unbalance. The core aim of this approach that the disadvantaged territories find external and gain internal resources to catch up and renew. 1.priority: Develop the competitiveness and employment of businesses 3.priority: ICT developments 5.priority: Employment encouraging and develop the business adaptability The policy instrument should be developed based on territorial point of view. The operative programme mainly appoints sectoral development priorities and it has no exact territorial context. With the help of the project our agency could analyse and classify the most disadvantageous rural areas and make different suggestions based on the local needs.   The allocated fund of this priority axis is 1 344 675 091 €. (Development of SMEs’ competitiveness and employment enhancing)  Which partners are working on this? Central Transdanubian Regional Innovation Agency Nonprofil Ltd.  Competitiveness Operational  Programme, Priority axis 1 – Research, technological development and innovation (RDI) to support economic competitiveness and business development and Priority Axis 2 - Information and Communications Technology (ICT) for a competitive digital economy, Investments The Competitiveness Operational Programme (COP), in Romania, address the challenges stemming from the low support for research, development and innovation (RDI) and the under-developed information and communication technologies (ICT) services and infrastructure. By investing in these areas, the COP aims to contribute to bolster the competitiveness of the Romanian economy The Programme focus on 2 main priorities: A1.Research, development and innovation supporting economic competitiveness and the development of businesses (Budget € 952.57 million) A2.Information and communication technologies for a competitive digital economy investments (Budget € 630.2 million) Policy instruments oriented on encouraging investments and growth are usually managed by the cities capital of regions or country not very well connected to the rural areas. Many rural business, in Romania, suffer from insufficient access to innovation structures and knowledge, finance, communication, logistics, etc) hence good practices, from different European regions, need to be promoted to local stakeholders (including authorities), to increase their capacity to initiate/ manage entrepreneurial activities and stimulate the creation of networks and clusters for developing new products and services in rural areas    The policy instrument is not reaching enough the stakeholders from rural areas and it needs to have a better approach to entrepreneurship initiatives and business development opportunities in these areas Which partners are working on this? Chamber of Commerce and Industry Bistrita Nasaud, Romania Pacto Territorial para a Empregabilidade do Ave (Ave Region Growth and Jobs Territorial Plan) (2014-2020) The municipalities integrating CIM Ave are implementing this policy instrument for Ave Region that is operated under CIM Ave responsibility. The main objective of the policy instrument is to enhance the competitiveness of enterprises, and to strengthen the region competitiveness by promoting the investment in innovation, R&D and diversifying and strengthening SMEs, with the aim of increasing participation in the processes of growth and innovation.   The priorities of this policy instrument are:  - Stimulating entrepreneurship by facilitating the support for the economic exploitation of new ideas and fostering the creation of new enterprises, including through business incubators;  - Developing and applying new business models for SMEs, The reasons for the improvement of the policy instrument addressed are:    - Innovative activities that must involve rural/peri-urban areas, currently lagging behind the main urban centres    - SMEs in the Ave Region are facing viability challenges, not only due to the outbreak of the financial crisis, but also due to the low integration of R&D results. To this end, the region acknowledges the need to develop innovation support services, so that SMEs can exploit new technologies and models to develop innovative products and have access to new markets.    - Promote less bureaucratic procedures and low speed of evaluation and funding processes that are the main obstacles for growth/innovation faced by rural economy SMEs in the region  Which partners are working on this? Ave Intermunicipal Community - CIM Ave Sign up for the Rural SMEs newsletter Subscribe now LinkedIn Join the conversation about development in the world of #ruralsmes on LinkedIn with us... 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Below are the most important project events that took place in passing year:
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25/04/2017
The City of Tartu, Estonia was the second destination for the partnership of the Interreg Europe project Innova Foster, on the 25th and 26th of April 2017.
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09/12/2020
Start in Podkarpackie with winning ideas! The Polish Agency for Enterprise Development received 60 applications in the sixth round of the competition "Startup ...
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30/04/2020
Companies from the "Aeropolis" Podkarpackie Science and Technology Park have joined the fight against coronavirus. Helmets, among others, are produced near Rzes...
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21/05/2019 - 22/05/2019
The sixth combined steering committee meeting, knowledge exchange workshop and study visit hosted by the lead partner in Cardiff.
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Lead Partner: Fejér Enterprise Agency
The lack of access to credit and financial exclusion can be a serious obstacle to business creation in many European regions. Microfinancing of SMEs and support to social entrepreneurship is an already tested and proven tool which can contribute to a high level of quality and sustainable employment, reducing disparities and poverty; and thus contributing to the realization of the « Inclusive growth » priority of the Europe 2020 strategy. There is a wide variety of microfinance programs across Europe, however, there are significant differences in how these microfinance initiatives reach their target groups. Therefore, the “ATM for SMEs” project is aiming at improving the access to microfinance in the participating regions by sharing and exchanging the local knowledge on innovative solutions. The "ATM for SME"s consortium is lead by Fejér Enterprise Agency (HU), and is characterized by a balanced proportion of managing authorities and microfinance institutions, and a European-level advisory partner. The intensive interregional policy exchange and learning process, planned in the framework of the project, allows the gathering of evidence on the feasibility of these good practices, and capitalising on the experience accumulated in the  participating regions.     The 9 regional partners will prepare 9 action plans in order to integrate and deploy  good practices learnt from interregional cooperation within the identified regional or  national policies.