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Lead Partner: Ministry of Development and Investments
Statistics reveal that succession of business ownership between generations can be a life -or-death situation for many companies in Europe: only 30% of family-owned businesses  survive the transition to a second generation while only 10% of them can overcome the  transition to a third generation.  Success Road will address this challenge by helping manufacturing companies of the  textile, clothing and footwear sectors prepare and manage their succession, both in the  context of family successions and when selling to third parties.  The project overall objective is to help project national and regional authorities implement  policies and new succession measures in their operational programmes so that SMEs  can better face the succession phase and secure their future after a change of  ownership. Working to strengthen the overall sustainability and long-term viability of European SMEs will further contribute to the growth of the economy by preserving jobs and  boosting economic growth. Objectives • To analyse the gaps between the current and the desired state of successions and  transfers of companies and examine the parameters and obstacles at play.  • To sensitise regional and local policymakers and civil servants about the problems  and risks of the succession process in order to foster the creation of tools to help business owners withstand the succession process.  • To shape a business-friendly legal and institutional ecosystem by creating incentives  and removing barriers to entrepreuneurship. 
Lead Partner: Region of Thessaly
REGIONAL SUPPORT TO ENGAGE RURAL ECONOMY SMES IN INNOVATION Rural economy SMEs face challenges in adopting innovation to increase their competitiveness. Regional policies need to correspondingly support the diffusion of innovative solutions and new business models that will lead to increases in productivity and access to new markets. INNOGROW regions are called to play an important role in supporting the modernisation of their existing rural SMEs and the proliferation of innovative start-ups. PROJECT OBJECTIVE INNOGROW brings together 9 partners from 8 countries, involving the managing authorities & regional bodies influencing regional and national policy instruments, to exchange experiences & practices, and to improve their capacity on implementing policies that promote the adoption of technology and business model innovations by rural economy SMEs, to boost their competitiveness. EXPECTED CHANGES - Enhanced innovation support services for over 5% of rural economy SMEs in partners’ regions. - Improved horizontal & vertical cooperation among SMEs in rural areas for products commercialisation. - Increased capacity of 200 staff of public administrations to effectively implement policies, stimulating innovation adoption by rural economy SMEs. - 10+Meuros of investments unlocked to promote innovative technologies & new business models. MAIN OUTPUTS & BENEFITS 3 interregional workshops, 2 study visits & 1 EU regions summit to promote experiences exchanges of partners and stakeholders. 8 action plans to improve the addressed policy instruments, benefiting managing authorities and beneficiaries. 14 policy briefs to transfer INNOGROW lessons learnt to public authorities beyond the partnership. An online benchmarking tool for all EU territorial administrations, to facilitate optimisation of policy-making in the field of rural economy SMEs competiveness. 5 thematic studies & analyses on practices and measures that improve rural economy SMEs competitiveness. 
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.
Lead Partner: Regional Development Agency of Murcia Region
SCALE UP plans to improve policy instruments supporting SMEs capacity to growth in national and international markets. Main objective of SCALE UP is to contribute to European competitiveness and accelerate regional economic growth through the improvement of 6 policy instruments linked to business growth and robustness. SCALE UP represents six EU regions (plus Advisory partner) with different stages of development in terms of industry SMEs scale up but common needs. The following scale-up key areas have been identified to work in the project: New business collaborative models; Improve collaborative culture between science, technology, innovation & industrial companies; Regional smart specialisation sectors in form of partnerships/networks/clusters; use & adaptation to new technologies and accessing to finance tools. SCALE UP work plan has been designed following a coherent and integrated approach where all the activities are interlinked and framed in a logical path. The approach starts with an analysis of partners’ local situations to identify valuable practices which will be then reviewed (through site visits and peer reviews) in a perspective of transfer and adaptation, to design and implement 6 action plans. These stages are backed up by structured activities and a learning process to improve the level of development of business scaling policies and knowledge of key actors (Interreg. Policy Learning Events, brokerage events, roundtables, open innovation seminars, etc). Stakeholders Action Groups will be created in each region and main local & regional actors will be actively involved in the whole interregional learning process. Scale-up business is part of the objective of supporting SMEs growth, to support regional authorities to respond adequately to key obstacles that obstruct industry sector on their path to growth taking into account the conditions of the current worldwide markets.
Lead Partner: European Regions Network for the Application of Communications Technology
DEVISE, or ‘Digital tech SMEs at the service of Regional Smart Specialisation Strategies’ project, aims to give response to the current challenge that 9 European regions are facing to unlock and exploit the potential that digital tech SMEs have as enabler for the competitiveness of other SMEs belonging to sectors included in their Regional Smart Specialisation Strategies (RIS3). By 2021, DEVISE will increase by 15% the number of digital tech SMEs enabling competitiveness in other strategic sectors through improved policy instruments   We believe that more coordinated actions are required to foster the growth of digital SMEs providing innovative solutions that allow other sectors to be more competitive. In doing so, the project will follow an innovative intersectoral approach involving all the relevant stakeholders in the process of analysing the current context, learning from other EU regions and defining improved policies integrating the lessons learnt.
Lead Partner: Local Government of Nagykanizsa
What is RuralGrowth? The aim of RuralGrowth is to improve the policies related to small rural businesses within the visitor economy. To achieve this, the scheme fosters the uptake of the green innovative solutions serving as a launchpad for the SME competitiveness and a driver for the sustainable development in the rural regions. Beneficiaries are not only the visitor economy related SME’s but also the inhabitants in general because of the expected socio-economic impact.
Lead Partner: ANATOLIKI S.A. Development Agency of Eastern Thessaloniki's Local Authorities
Circular economy is a new approach of economic development models. It provides the potential to use one’s waste as resource input to others productive chain thus offering a longer life cycle of the products and a more environmentally friendly business approach. This regenerative system is of high priority in the EU. SinCE-AFC is being developed along with the on-going EU action plan for Circular Economy and the respective National Circular Economy Action Plans across the EU countries. Although the principles of circular economy are already applied by many large industries, SMEs, which represent the 99% of the businesses sector, still remain uninvolved due to lack of motivation and support. Thus, the regional SMEs policies improvement towards a more regenerative economy is of high importance. SinCE-AFC aims at involving SMEs of the Agri-Food chain in circular economy through the promotion of the appropriate managing and financial horizontal mechanisms. All the Agri-Food agents committed to production, processing, packaging, distribution and final consumption are expected to operate in a coordinated way to better adapt to circular economy. This objective will be achieved via the intense collaboration and interregional exchange of experience of 9 partners representing 7 Regions from 7 EU countries. The partnership’s tasks will focus on the investigation of efficient practices, via interregional thematic learning events, study visits, import workshops, stakeholders’ meetings and consultation processes, of how the relevant policy instruments can be improved in order to assist SMEs to enter circular economy. The core results will be depicted in a joint study reflecting the related regulatory framework and good practices at regional and EU level. The project will promote innovation, derive knowledge and develop close collaboration with the Interreg Europe Learning Platform as well as with the European Circular Economy Stakeholder Platform and the RIS3 Platform Group.
The Croatian government announced new economic measures to alleviate the impact of COVID-19, specifically with tax exemptions and monthly aids to preserve jobs.
Type: Project
GENERAL OBJECTIVE:The happiness and well-being of the inhabitants of the small villages of Europe. SPECIFIC OBJECTIVES: best quality of life in the small villages of Europe; diversification of economic activities; increase attractiveness of the territories; new and good job opportunities.THROUGH: an innovative cooperation system between Europe's smaller local authorities,European Network of Universities and experts, aimed at:1) the diffusion of political/programmatic and problem solving skills; 2) an innovative governance model based on the competence and responsibility of local authorities; 3) sustainability of planned and implemented interventions; 4) evaluate the impact not only in terms of GDP but also in relation to the happiness and well-being of the inhabitants; 5) the involvement of universities, European networks and local knowledge; 6) improving relations between Center and Periphery; 6) Ensuring transparency, protection of collective interests and fighting corruption.
ALERC Accreditation is a system for assuring the quality of the work provided by Local Environmental Records Centres (LERCs) in the United Kingdom.
Location: North Yorkshire, United Kingdom
Project: BID-REX