LIOF Vouchers for C2C Scans in SMEs
Topic of the practice
Vouchers for SME's in order to execute C2C scans on products, processes and/or services in their company.
Good Practice Information
The principle of using vouchers to acquire specific knowledge was developed and introduced by LIOF (Limburg Development and Investment Company) several years ago.The aim of offering EUR 7500 vouchers (75% subsidy) to SMEs was to support them in executing C2C scans on their products, processes and/or services. Thus SME’s could make the first step toward achieving C2C products and processes by introducing the C2C principles and executing a C2C scan to determine the extent to which their current products and processes met C2C requirements. EPEA developed a standardised C2C scan for this project. The result of this scan was a report to be used as a basic document for developing further plans for C2C products and processes. In total six scans were supported and made.
The LIOF goal with launching the C2C vouchers in December 2007 was to support a maximum of 20 SME companies in Limburg with the first steps on their way to cradle to cradle products and processes. After the release and announcement of the vouchers (at the LIOF Year-end event and the press) only about 10 companies subscribed for a C2C voucher. Some of these companies did not fit in the LIOF target-companies (mainly industrial oriented SME). Finally 6 companies were given a voucher. The companies were a printing company; a company that produces office supplies; a construction company; a company that produces paper-based products; a company developing and selling carpet cleaning fluids, testing carpets, designing sustainable carpets; a property maintenance.
Evidence of success
Governance instrument. LIOF Investment Bank is a regional development agency. It supports innovations, gives incentives, etcetera. Three companies (Jalema filing systems, Gubbels architects and Knoops printing) finished the C2C scan for SME's.
Contact details to obtain further information on the practice
Mr C. (Charles) Mevis
Annex completed on: 08-11-2011