Title: To promote and support entrepreneurship to create new SMEs
Type of intervention
Type of intervention: 1: Regional Initiative Project
Total budget: €1,793,582.00
Association of Mining Communities of France
Hôtel de Ville - B.P. 49
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Contact Person: Patrice DELATTRE
Phone: 00 33 3 21 44 86 25
Fax: 00 33 3 21 44 86 22
PROSPECTS aims to promote the entrepreneurship regional policies in the current or former regions heavily dependent on mining or traditional industry. This project is built on a partnership coming from both Regional Competitiveness and Convergence regions. The 10 Partners, located inside a “United Kingdom–Spain-Slovenia–Poland” quadrilateral, provide different levels of know-how and knowledge in the field of the SMEs promotion.
The regional issues addressed by PROSPECTS are crucial for the partners as well as for the regions with economic retrogression due to their industrial past. From then, the project partners will focus their works on 4 strategic themes inter reacting in connection with the overall project priority: strengthening the attractiveness of the territories, enhancing business support structures, supporting business clusters, supporting eco-innovations and knowledge.
During the first stage of the project, each Partner will carry out 4 thematic analyses and appraisal of
their own experiences focused on the above issues and will exchange them in thematic task groups. At the end, the various analyses will be combined during a Cross-cutting seminar to produce a “Resources/needs” grid. A Good practices Breviary will be drawn up from these works. This 1st stage result will supply new insights to be used as a material to define the public policies of SMEs promotion. It will also increase consistently the skills of both policy makers and officers in charge of the economic development.
This initial exchange will be the starting point of the 2nd stage of the project: engineering of a Transfer Plan by each Partner.. The use of a peer to peer method applied to the interregional cooperation will increase efficiently the intensity of the collaboration between the partners for each of them to set up their own transfer plan. This will consist of 10 local strategic plans based on the outputs.got at the end of the first stage. The efficiency of this second stage will
be strengthened by the exchange of staff within the whole team of partners. A Strategic guideline will be drawn from the findings and achievements of this stage.
To ensure the impact abroad, the main findings of the project will be disseminated along the running of the project.
Finally, a project toolkit enclosing the Good practices Breviary, the Strategic guideline and a Synoptic memo will be widely spread to the local authorities all over Europe facing similar issues with the help of the mining communities’ network. The dissemination will also target the support business organizations identified by the partners.
At last, the achievement of the project objectives and its outputs will enable the establishment of an interregional Strategic Team which will be in capacity to advise European regions facing similar issues.
To conclude, this project will offer new prospects in a crucial issue: enhancing the entrepreneurship and promoting the quantitative and qualitative creation of SMEs
PROSPECTS aims at improving the efficiency of regional policies in the field of SMEs promotion and entrepreneurship in the former and current mining regions.During the 1st phase of the project (exchange of experiences),the policy-makers of the 10 partners met 6 times.
First,at the Launch conference in 2010 in Wigan(UK),the partners introduced the economic data and policy context of their region.
From June 2010 to June 2011,4 Thematic task group meetings (TTGM) were held in the relevant coalfield of Spain(Oviedo),Slovenia(Zasavje),Poland(Katowice) and Hungary(Tatabanya).
During these TTGM, each partner presented a report on a good practice(GP):the reports were prepared on the basis of a common framework to get comparable results.
In the end,each GP was detailed in PROSPECTS Good Practice Sheets.
In total, 40 GP were presented on the following thematics:Enhancing regional business support structures,Attractiveness of territories,Supporting clusters,Innovation and knowledge economy.
brochure of the project,the PROSPECTS Good Practice Breviary was produced in October 2011 and introduced at the Crosscutting seminar held in France (Arras,Lens-Liévin).During this meeting, each partner chose 1 good practice amongst the 40 in order to elaborate a Transfer Plan of this good practice in close collaboration with the "Donor partner"(2nd phase of the project).
After having constituted the working subgroups, the bilateral workshops for the transfer were held from October 2011 to March 2012.
For example,the County council of PasdeCalais (FR) and the Labour Fund Zasavje (SI) chose to work on the transfer of the “training programme for entrepreneurship”,presented by the Spanish partner Laviana at TTGM n°1.This ambitious programme was implemented by Valnalon, a company funded by the regional institution of Asturias in order to increase skills and behaviours favourable to business such as creativity, initiative, decisionmaking and assumption of risk.It covers all the educational
stages from primary education to university with evolving,social or international projects led by pupils.Supported by the public administration, the programme was included in the EU’s best procedures for entrepreneurial education.
Another experience being the subject of the Transfer Plan of ACOM France and Houthalen-Helchteren (B) is the EnergyLab in the Science Park Gelsenkirchen(GE),which aims at developing a medium and longterm strategy to counteract the lack of personnel with qualifications in sciences and technology.The core elements are the reinforcement of technical and science teaching in schools and informing schoollevel students at an early stage about career prospects in these fields.The EnergyLab project creates a place outside the school in cooperation with businesses.
The 12 PROSPECTS transfer plans were presented at the Joint session (Karvina CZ April 2012).
In the end, the main project's learnings were drawn at the Final Conference (Houthalen-Helchteren-September 2012).
All partners were involved all along the project(595 participants in total).In terms of communication,the PROSPECTS toolkit is made of the Good Practice Breviary,Strategic Guideline and the Synoptic Memo.These publications,available in various linguistic versions,have been disseminated towards local,national and European stakeholders,as previous communication outputs (PROSPECTS leaflet,8 newsletters).9 press conferences were held.
All these materials will remain available on the multilinguistic PROSPECTS website,so as the reports and powerpoint presentations made by the 10 partners during the interregional events.
To celebrate the 20th anniversary of the territorial cooperation(2010),the INTERACT programme's video showed the PROSPECTS project as a good example of interregional cooperation.
In addition,numerous new approaches arose from the project's findings and partnership.Finally,the activities of the project ended on 31/03/2013 but dissemination and spin-off activities are going on.
|Institution, Town||Country||Region||Contact details|
|Association of Mining Communities of France, LIEVIN||FRANCE||Nord - Pas-de-Calais||00 33 3 21 44 86 25
|City Council of Houthalen-Helchteren, Houthalen-Helchteren||BELGIUM||Prov. Limburg (B)||3211492172
|Union of cities and municipalities of district Karvina (ACOM CZ), KARVINA||CZECH REPUBLIC||Moravskoslezsko||00 420 596 340 080
|County council of Pas-de-Calais, ARRAS Cédex 9||FRANCE||Nord - Pas-de-Calais||00 33 3 21 21 92 05
|City Council of Tatabanya, Tatabanya||HUNGARY||Kozep-Dunantul||00 36 34 515 700
|Association of Mining Communities in Poland, Rybnyk||POLAND||Slaskie||00 48 32 42 60 130
|Labour fund Zasavje, fundation for active employment policy, Zagorje ob Savi||SLOVENIA||Vzhodna Slovenija||00 386 356 60 519
|City Council of Laviana, Pola de Laviana||SPAIN||Principado de Asturias||00 34 985 207 158
|Wigan Council, Wigan||UNITED KINGDOM||Greater Manchester||00 44 19 42 48 91 80
|City Council of Gelsenkirchen, Gelsenkirchen, Kreisfreie Stadt||GERMANY||Münster||00 49 209 169 4394
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|Science Park Gelsenkirchen, Gelsenkirchen, Kreisfreie Stadt||GERMANY||Münster||0049/209/1671002