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Providing comprehensive support and individual treatment of individual exporters, potential investors and other interested entities.
Location: Vzhodna Slovenija, Slovenia (Slovenija)
Project: INTRA
The Greek Independent Authority for Public Revenue converts the taxpayers (citizens and SMEs) in a great collaborator. SMEs can check online or through smart...
Type: Project
#fi-compass launched a dedicated webpage to the implementation of financial instruments in the 2021-2027 programming period.
Type: Project
A co-ordinated One-Stop-Shop, the Growth Hub provides businesses and start-up entrepreneurs across Greater Birmingham with support, advice/guidance and funding
Location: West Midlands, United Kingdom
Project summary IMPROVING SMEs COMPETITIVENESS IN REGIONS WITH AN AQUACULTURE BUSINESS ECOSYSTEM More than 90% of businesses in EXTRA-SMEs regions are inland and coastal SMEs operating across and around the aquaculture value chain, contributing to growth and creation of jobs. Along the chain, these economic operators are characterized by systematic weaknesses in reaching international markets and exporting their products. To this end, EXTRA-SMEs will support public authorities to join forces and exchange experiences in a) administrative simplification, b) expansion in new markets, c) innovative value-added product solutions, d) personnel up skilling, and e) resolution of stakeholders’ conflicts of interests.   OBJECTIVE EXTRA-SMEs brings together 8 regions from 7 countries, to achieve expansion of rural and coastal SMEs in wider markets for the promotion of their products, through simpler and improved administrative processes, and innovative technologies.   EXPECTED IMPACT - Increased capacity of 200 staff of public administrations to effectively support SME competitiveness - 14 million euros unlocked to support projects on the modernisation of the wider network of aquaculture SMEs - Increased awareness and consensus building among the wider aquaculture sector, the workforce, and citizens, to support measures for SMEs internationalisation operating locally (over 1000 individuals).   MAIN OUTPUTS & BENEFICIARIES - 8 action plans to improve the addressed policy instruments, benefiting managing authorities and beneficiaries - 4 interregional workshops, 2 site visits and 1 EU-wide policy learning symposium to promote capacity building among partners and stakeholders - 13 policy briefs to transfer lessons learnt to EU public authorities - 1 benchmarking online toolkit for the assessment of the extraversion performance of SMEs - 4 joint thematic studies and analyses reports on territorial needs and pathways for the improvement of SMEs internationalisation. €1,765,617.00 from 1 Jun 2018 to 31 May 2023 Topic SME competitiveness Partnership Lead Partner Partner What policy instruments does the project address? PELOPONNESUS OP MAIN FEATURES AND MEASURES CONCERNED The Operational Programme (OP) Peloponnesus 2014-2020 aims to enhance regional economic development by boosting SME competitiveness, under Thematic Objective (TO) 3. Still, since most regional SMEs operate in the agri-food sector, a number of interventions under TO3 are also covered by the EAFRD and EMFF programmes.   The OP, however, acknowledges that measures to boost innovation for agri-food SMEs is a priority of developmental nature, where ERDF resources need to be directed. Accordingly, the OP dedicates ERDF resources to actions for all SMEs relevant to RIS3, including SMEs of agri-food sector.   To this end, EXTRA SMEs will address: “Priority Axis 3 - Enhancing the competitiveness of SMEs”, and investment priorities 3a, 3c, and 3d.   REASONS FOR IMPROVEMENT The OP aims to tackle the disadvantages of the regional economy, aggravated by the long-lasting recent national economic recession; nonetheless, Peloponnese continues to rank low in entrepreneurship and trade compared with the EU average. This is particularly important for the aquaculture-based industries in the Peloponnese, for which innovation, internationalisation, and exports have a high economic potential and export dynamic; to this end, the OP can be improved to support launching of new and value-added products and services in the international market. Which partners are working on this? Region of Peloponnese ROP Liguria ERDF MAIN FEATURES AND MEASURES CONCERNED The ROP aims to help Liguria Region to better achieve Europe 2020 targets, by focusing on SME diversification and competitiveness, through investment in innovation and enhancement of productivity and creation of jobs. Measures concerned are in Priority Axis 3 of the ROP namely: 3.1 Promote entrepreneurship, in particular by facilitating the economic exploitation of new ideas and promoting the creation of new businesses, also through incubators. 3.2 Develop and implement new business models for SMEs, especially for internationalization through consolidating, modernizing, diversifying the region’s production systems. 3.3 Support the creation and expansion of advanced capabilities for the development of products and services. 3.4 Supporting the capacity of SMEs to engage in growth in regional, national and international markets and in innovation processes by improving access to credit, business financing and risk management.   REASONS FOR IMPROVEMENT ROP of Liguria needs to be improved to enable SMEs expand in wider markets and create the conditions for new jobs’ establishment, in a region severely lacking of added-value local food products; the Liguria region falls behind in specialized traditional food production, a trademark in Northern and Central Italian regions. ROP’s improvement through the creation of new business models will diversify the region’s product portfolio, and maximize profits due to higher market prices applied. Which partners are working on this? Liguria Region Regional Operational Programme for Zachodniopomorskie Voivodeship 2014-2020 MAIN FEATURES AND MEASURES CONCERNED The ROP aims at promoting smart, sustainable and inclusive growth in the region; it places emphasis on boosting research, technological development and innovation, SME competitiveness, the shift towards a low-carbon economy, the promotion of sustainable and quality employment, and social inclusion. Measures concerned by the project are included in “Priority Axis 3: Promoting Competitiveness of SMEs”:   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, with consideration of the "Small Business Act". 3c: Supporting the development and expansion of advanced capabilities in the development of products and services.   REASONS FOR IMPROVEMENT Westpomeranian region suffers from high rate of unemployment, and its score on innovation is only modest, in spite of efforts recorded during the recent years. On the other hand, the rate of agri-food exports has been increasing, making the aquaculture food sector hold significant potential for regional growth. The ROP can be improved to further support this trend by enabling the formation of clusters and the launch of innovative products, so as to further boost the export dynamics of the region. Which partners are working on this? Northern Chamber of Commerce in Szczecin Regional Operational Programme MAIN FEATURES AND MEASURES CONCERNED The Regional Operational Programme (ROP) aims at promoting smart sustainable and inclusive growth and addresses the major development challenges: regional competitiveness, sustainable urban development, the low-carbon economy, and economic and social infrastructure at regional and local level. Measures concerned by EXTRA SMEs are in the two investment priorities of Priority Axis 3 (competitiveness of SMEs): 3a - Promoting entrepreneurship, in particular by facilitating the economic exploitation of new ideas and fostering the creation of new firms, including through business incubators. 3c - Supporting the creation and the extension of advanced capacities for products, services and development.   REASONS FOR IMPROVEMENT The ROP needs to be improved to address long standing issues hindering economic development around aquaculture areas, such as degradation of sites, aged processes, low-qualified personnel. Also, the ROP needs improvements to support new opportunities for SMEs competitiveness improvement. More specifically, the most recent relevant Romanian regulation includes special provisions for stimulating the aquaculture sector, in order to increase the investments. Economic activity is not constrained to production, processing and trade, but also extends to other opportunities, as recently the extensive fish farms have started to provide other services, such as ecological tourism, recreational fishing, and educational activities. Which partners are working on this? Bucharest-Ilfov Regional Development Agency Lapland's Food Programme 2025 MAIN FEATURES AND MEASURES CONCERNED Lapland’s Food Programme 2025 envisions 30% self-sufficiency in selected foods categories, through changes that encourage activities supporting the production of local Lappish food and natural products. The Programme aims to boost entrepreneurship in the food and surrounding sectors, encourage new income and achieve regional development. Aquaculture and the related chain of activities, are found among the industries identified as high potential areas in which development measures can be targeted. More specifically measures concerned with EXTRA-SMEs include: - The development of new high quality products - Support Lapland’s profitability by improving existing and building new business and income models - The acquisition of young players and enhancement of co-operation between entrepreneurs - Further development of processing and training   REASONS FOR IMPROVEMENT Lapland’s aquaculture and related industries have the potential to significantly contribute towards the region’s development, by becoming more competitive and self-sufficient in relation to food sustainability. The policy instrument can thus be improved to better address aquaculture related activities entrepreneurship, competitiveness and innovative business models for the regional SMEs. The region’s ageing economy and administrative procedures are also problems which the instrument can help address. Which partners are working on this? Lapland University of Applied Sciences Operational Programme of Region of Western Greece 2014-2020 MAIN FEATURES AND MEASURES CONCERNED The Western Greece Operational Programme (OP) 2014-2020 pursues the self-sustaining, extraverted and sustainable reconstruction of the region, focusing on its global identity, values and the environment. The development of the agri-food sector is recognised as a priority (Thematic Objective 3 – TO3), including changes to the traditional model of production in aquaculture.   Since most regional SMEs operate in the agri-food sector, a number of interventions under TO3 are also covered by EAFRD and EMMF programmes. The OP, however, acknowledges that measures to boost innovation for agri-food SMEs is a priority of developmental nature, requiring the allocation of ERDF resources; to this end, the OP foresees such interventions. Accordingly, EXTRA-SMEs addresses Priority Axis 3, and investment priorities 3a, 3c, and 3d.   REASONS FOR IMPROVEMENT Western Greece remains Greece’s second poorest region in terms of GDP, well below the EU average, and among the fastest declining as a result of the country’s economic recession. However, even since the beginning of the crisis regional exports growth rate remains positive. This is particular the case for the food sector, including aquaculture related industries, which present a significant opportunity for regional development. To this end, there is significant room for improvement in the OP in regard the formation of clusters and the development of new innovative products. Which partners are working on this? University of Patras Border Midland and Western Regional Operational Programme MAIN FEATURES AND MEASURES CONCERNED The Regional Operational Programme (OP) 2014 – 2020 aims to enhance research and innovation, information and communications technologies (ICT), SME competitiveness, the shift to a low-carbon economy and supporting integrated urban development. Measures concerned by the project are encountered in Priority 3: “Enhancing the competitiveness of SME Competitiveness” and across the following investment priorities: 3a - promoting entrepreneurship, in particular by facilitating the economic exploitation of new ideas and fostering the creation of new firms, including through business incubators. 3d - supporting the capacity of SMEs to grow in regional, national and international markets and to engage in innovation processes.   REASONS FOR IMPROVEMENT Ireland’s OP is strategically justified based on Europe 2020 strategy and aims to stimulate the in-company innovation and accelerate micro-enterprise start-ups by fostering the creation of new firms, including through business incubators and extraversion. However SME entrepreneurship and competitiveness in coastal and aquaculture intensive regions remains limited, since innovation policy tends to be largely top-down from central governmental and specific regional needs are often neglected, thus limiting regional development and export growth in these regions. Which partners are working on this? Western Development Commission OP for investing European Structural and Investment funds MAIN FEATURES AND MEASURES CONCERNED The Operational Programme (OP) aims at helping Lithuania's economic development as well as facing social challenges. It places a clear emphasis on boosting research and innovation, SME competitiveness, the shift to a low-carbon economy, the promotion of human capital. Measures concerned by the project are encountered across “Priority Axis 3: Promoting Competitiveness of SMEs” of the Policy Instrument, in all its relevant investment priorities: 3.1 (entrepreneurship): Setting up and development of businesses to increase the level of entrepreneurship, especially of young people, paying special attention to regional SMEs. 3.2 (internationalisation): Stimulating enterprises to give more focus on entering and consolidating their presence in foreign markets, and involvement in international networks. 3.3 (innovation): Optimising business and production processes, adapting original product/service design solutions, foreseeing the introduction of product, process or service standards in SMEs.   REASONS FOR IMPROVEMENT Despite the reflection of Europe 2020 strategy on the OP, Lithuania continues to fall behind the EU average in terms of entrepreneurship level, and compared to other countries of similar size and development level, export volumes of domestic goods of Lithuania are small. This is particularly the case for SMEs operating in the economic environment surrounding the country’s water bodies, which are mostly subject to special licenses. Which partners are working on this? Public Institution National Regions' Development Agency (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')); EXTRA-SMEs Latest News See all project news 04/11/2020 An article comparing wild-caught and farmed seafood The following article presents a comparison between the quality of wild-caught and farmed fish, explaining the advantages and disadvantages of both farmed and w Type: Project 23/10/2020 Three best practices in Romania published Three best practices have been identified by the Regional Development Agency Bucharest-Ilfov within the EXTRA-SMEs project. The three good practices have been... Type: Project 19/10/2020 4th EXTRA-SMEs regional stakeholders meeting The 4th stakeholders meeting of University of Patras included various presentations and a discussion on conflict resolution in the aquaculture sector. Type: Project 26/08/2020 Greek innovation in fish farming Greece has achieved an innovation in fish farming, a distinction at European level Type: Project 10/06/2020 Regione Liguria best practice published Best practice identified by Regione Liguria on Interreg Europe website Type: Project 01/06/2020 Liguria Region 4th Stakeholders Meeting Regione Liguria organized the 4th Stakeholders Meeting on 27 May 2020 Type: Project 11/03/2020 Interview with HAPO chairman, Apostolos Touralias Interview with Apostolos Touralias, president of the Hellenic Aquaculture Producers Organization Type: Project 26/11/2019 Study Visit in Szczecin, Poland Two day Study Visit in Szczecin, Poland 26th and 27th November 2019 with the participation of all project partners. Type: Project 24/09/2019 3rd Steering Group Meeting in Finland The 3rd Steering Group Meeting of the EXTRA-SMEs project was hosted by Lapland University of Applied Sciences in Rovaniemi, Finland. Type: Project 10/05/2019 2nd Regional Stakeholder meeting in Italy LIGURIA's 2nd Regional Stakeholder meeting was held in Genoa on 10th May 2019. 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? Munster Technological University (until 31/12/2020 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 11/05/2021 Discover our achievements in our results factsheet! SILVER SMEs will soon celebrate its third year of activity and publishes its results factsheet presenting the main outcomes of the project. Type: Project 10/05/2021 The EU launches an Atlas of Demography On April 29, 2021, the European Commission launched a new online tool: the Atlas of Demography. At EU level, demographic change is considered to be Type: Project 06/05/2021 Relive our conference on ageing in rural Europe! SILVER SMEs held its online mid-term conference on "Challenges and solutions to cope with ageing in rural Europe: the role of the Silver Economy" on the 21st of Type: Project 07/04/2021 Register to our event on ageing in rural Europe! Our project is organising the online conference “Challenges and solutions to cope with ageing in rural Europe: the role of the Silver Economy” on April 21, 2021 Type: Project 26/03/2021 Investigating the Silver Economy in CIM do Ave CIM do Ave is a mountainous inter municipality located in Northern Portugal. In this area, 57% of the population live in small villages counting less than 2000 Type: Project 23/03/2021 EU Green Paper on Ageing: SILVER SMEs’ contribution SILVER SMEs partners recently contributed to the European Commission’s consultation to provide recommendations on how territories can cope with ageing Type: Project 15/03/2021 Investigating the Silver Economy in Western Slovenia 19,2% of the population of Western Slovenia is over 65. Territorial data such as population density and dependency ratio reveal that older adults mainly live in Type: Project 08/03/2021 What demographic landscape for rural Europe by 2050? How will the population in rural communities evolve until 2050? How will age groups be distributed in the coming decades? Type: Project 01/03/2021 Discover our 10th newsletter! Did you know that by 2050 Greece, Cyprus, Sweden and Portugal would be the EU countries with the highest proportion of older adults in mountainous areas? Type: Project 23/02/2021 Discover our best practices in 3 brochures! SILVER SMEs held a peer review to select the project’s best practices, discover them in our 3 thematic brochures! Type: Project
Lead Partner: Møre and Romsdal County Council
About our project: There is a lower rate of start-ups in Europe comparing with other parts of the world (Asia or US). There is a need to offer attractive jobs and places to live for young people. Actual condition causes that many yought leave our regions to look for better life. With this project we want to develop an attractive tailor-made ecosystem for start-ups. Its aim is to improve SMEs growth, entrepreneur skills and to overcome defined barriers. Project partners have defined that commitment and willingness to invest in long-term policy is important  to increase the number and quality of startups in their region.                    Policy change The main objective is to improve policies for SMEs competitiveness by enhancing advisory support services for first time entrepreneurs. As result, OSS wants to build an complete ecosystem for entrepreneurs starting new business.                                       How are we going to achieve it? Every partner will contribute with an expertice and best practices from their first line service (FLS) system. When the project is finished, we will present the Toolbox of experience and expertice.  We will also enhance an advisory support service adapted to the needs of the entrepreneur. With the experience in each partners policy, and stakeholders from different levels to participate in changing the policy affecting our main objective, we enticipate to change the different regions advisory services.  OSS Project methodology                                    What happened till now? We're already at the end of the second semester. In first semester we've achieved pretty good results. We had a few chances to disseminate and promote our project and its assumptions. During our meeting with stakeholders in Hampshire, all of our project partners had a chance to present good practices of their regions in the subject of " Digital solution in the field of supporting start-ups". If you're interested, what subjects were discussed, read our News: https://www.interregeurope.eu/oss/news/news-article/4883/second-partnership-meeting-in-hampshire/ We might be also proud, that our project partners take part and disseminate our project in such events as: LEAP SUMMIT, Croatia - https://www.interregeurope.eu/oss/news/news-article/5346/oss-at-leap-summit-in-croatia/ Women in Business - Female Entrepreneurs and Economic Development, Italy - https://www.interregeurope.eu/oss/news/news-article/5301/oss-at-the-women-in-business-conference/ After the third semester of Our Project implementation, we have achived some pretty important goals. During the third Partnership meeting in Bulgaria, we have chosen some important regional Good Practices regarding the subject of mentoring: Norwegian - Innovation Norway;English - MENTOR-NET;Spanish - the Official Chamber of Commerce, Industry and Navigation of Motril,                           UGR Emprendadora; Slovenian - CEEDPolish - Start in Podkarpackie.    The Norwegian Good Practice - My business tool - has been accepted by experts and published on Policy Learning Platform - Link here.
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Type: Platform
Nucet Centre for Aquaculture Consultancy Services supports fish farmers and helps increase the competitiveness of the aquaculture sector.
Location: Sud - Muntenia, Romania (România)
Project: EXTRA-SMEs
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 30 Jun 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 23/10/2020 The official launch of the Gozo Artisan Network The Gozo Artisan Network and the territorial quality brand is the result of a pilot action within the Interreg Europe Destination SMEs Project, Type: Project 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