Young SMEs

Project Details

Title: Sharing Interregional knowledge to define Supporting Programmes for Young SMEs
Priority: 1: Innovation and the knowledge economy
Theme: Entrepreneurship and SMEs

Type of intervention

Type of intervention: 1: Regional Initiative Project
Mini-programme: No
Duration: 1st Jan 2012 - 31st Dec 2014
Website: http://www.youngsmes.eu

Budget

Total budget: €1,991,482.06
ERDF contribution: €1,555,520.19

Lead partner

INCYDE Foundation
C/ Ribera del Loira, Nº 12
28042, Madrid
SPAIN

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    • Contact Person: Aurelio Jiménez Romero
      Phone: 00 34 91 569 69 60
      Fax: 00 34 91 590 69 69

Project summary

Small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs) play a decisive role in the competitiveness of the European economy. To contribute to its consolidation throughout their life cycle, has become a priority at European Level. To this respect, the first five years in an enterprise’s life are the most difficult, in the sense that survival one year does not seem to improve markedly its prospects of surviving one more year. Current support services are focused on enterprises in the start-up and early phase of development (up to 3 years). They are quite structured and successful, as shown survival rates in this period (1st year: up to 90% & 2nd one: up to 80%). However, 'five-year survival rate' drastically decreases till about 49%. The Project Partners, we strongly believe that articulating a kind of "Spin-off of the start-ups' services", as a gateway to help enterprises to pass from a protective environment to a competitive one, will contribute to increase the survival rate of these enterprises.

Therefore, the partnership’s overall objective is to jointly define an INTEGRATED SUPPORT PROGRAMME FOR ‘Young SMEs’ (term internally used to refer to SMEs between its 3rd and 5th years of operations) to contribute to the business consolidation and therefore to improve the efficiency of the SMEs’ Policies at European level

 

The PARTNERSHIP relies on 12 partners from 10 countries (Spain, Malta, Greece, Ireland, United Kingdom, Germany, Lithonia, Hungary, Poland and Slovenia). 9 of the Partners have a broad experience on SME support and 3 of them are learners. Moreover 6 of Experienced Partners have good practices recognized at Regional or European Level.

 

During the preparatory phase the partners identified the most important factors which contribute to Young SMEs failure. Five were chosen as core services (Management skills, New Markets, New technologies, Cooperation among SMEs and Funding). Three more were selected as innovative services which could help (Business with Public Sector,

Local Networking and Business linkages with Academic Sector). As result, 8 Working Groups have been created to work deeply in those topics. Each Working Group will identify, analyze and document the good practices and will organize an Interregional Seminars. The Seminars will be an important tool for the exchange of experiences because they will help partners to know better what the others do. All this info will be integrated in a “Young SMEs-Best-practices-report”. Then a creative Workshop will be organized where all partners' knowledge will be put together to develop the "YoungSMEs – Integrated Support Programme " and will be shared with regional stakeholders by means of Regional Events. Based on the programme recommendations, partners will define and engage in experience transfers between ‘Experienced partners' and ‘Learner ones'

 

Each partner will develop an Implementation Plan indicating the next actions to implement the project results in their Local or Regional Policies

Project achievements

Small and medium sized enterprises(SMEs) play a decisive role in the competitiveness of the European economy, and contribute to its consolidation throughout their life cycle has become a priority at European Level. Therefore, the YOUNG SMEs partnership overall objective is to define an INTEGRATED SUPPORT PROGRAMME FOR ‘Young SMEs’ (term internally used to refer to SMEs between its 3rd and 5th year of operations) to contribute to the business consolidation and therefore to improve the efficiency of the SMEs’ Policies at European level. This PARTNERSHIP relied on 12 partners from 10 countries (Spain, Malta, Greece, Ireland, United Kingdom, Germany, Lithuania, Hungary, Poland & Slovenia). 9 of them have broad experience on SME support and 3 of them are learners. Moreover 6 of the Experienced Partners have good practices recognized at Regional or European Level. Up to this moment all the mentioned partners have been heavily involved in the activities development and the foreseen tasks were

developed as planned.Communication & Dissemination activities were developed in order to spread the shared experiences. Dissemination Plan & project brand were designed (logo, poster, initial & final brochure, online presentation video) Twitter account, website developed and launch & final event (November 2014 Toledo) organized. All Partners have contributed to the dissemination of the project and its activities on their websites and in regional and local newspapers and publications. They have issued press releases and published articles in specialized press and disseminated the project in events held in the project. One of the objectives of the project is to SHARE KNOWLEDGE AND EXCHANGE EXPERIENCES among the experienced local and regional partners to jointly develop innovative tools and approaches that successfully lead to improve Young SMEs management capacities, business development, the application of new technologies and the cooperation among them,and with other local & regional

actors, to create synergies & increase their businesses. Regarding Knowledge sharing & Exchange of experiences, tasks were developed as planned. In this context, foreseen methodology and templates for the compilation of the Good Practices identified by the experienced Partners were designed, 47 mapped by location, theme and Partner. The 8 thematic areas of those Good Practices are: Marketing/Business, Development, Co-operation with the SME sector, Public sector, Management, Local networking, ICT, eBusiness, Funding and Academic sector. Information regarding this subject was collated on a Best Practice report. As initially designed working groups were divided in two categories, thematic & "innovative". While the first ones were related to business management activities (funding, marketing), innovative ones were focused on 3 topics around cooperation with other entities: public sector, academia & local business community.The following exchanges took place:Thematic Seminar Market & Study

(June 2012 Waterford, Ireland),Thematic Seminar SME Cooperation(July 2012 Oldham, UK), Innovative Seminar SMEs & PS (September 2012 Falkirk, UK),Tematic Seminar Management (November 2012 Malta), Innovative Seminar SMEs & Local Networking (February 2013 Szekesfehervar, Hungary), Thematic Seminar ICTs (April 2013 Koblenz, Germany), Thematic Seminar Funding (June 2013 Valencia, Spain), Innovative Seminar SMEs & Academic (September 2013 Lithuania), Creative Workshop (November 2013 Poland), 9 partners Regional Seminars (November 2013), 23 Exchange visits and the project's final event (November 2014 Toledo, Spain). Implementation plans were developed by each partner, planning the actions to be taken in order to put into practice the lessons learnt . Also, the Young SMEs Integrated Support Programme Recommendation Policy Guide was produced. In the end, 7 good practices were transferred by the partners thanks to the participation in the project.

Partnership

Institution, Town Country Region Contact details
INCYDE Foundation, Madrid SPAIN Comunidad de Madrid 00 34 91 569 69 60
ajimenez@incydecamaras.es
Southern and Eastern Regional Assembly (former South-East Regional Authority - SERA), Clonmel, Co. Tipperary IRELAND Southern and Eastern 00 353 (0) 52 6126200
dir@sera.ie
Oldham Metropolitan Borough Council, Oldham UNITED KINGDOM Greater Manchester 00 44 (0)161 770 3000
Dave.catherall@oldham.gov.uk
Falkirk Council, Falkirk UNITED KINGDOM Eastern Scotland 00 44 (0) 1324 506260
lesley.macarthur@falkirk.gov.uk
Malta Enterprise, San Gwann MALTA Malta 00 356 25423416
josephine.borg@maltaenterprise.com
Central Transdanzbian Regional Innovation Agency Nonprofit Ltd., Szekesfehervar HUNGARY Kozep-Dunantul 00 362 251 4111
szepvol@kdriu.hu
City of Koblenz, Koblenz GERMANY Koblenz 00 49 261 129 1951
wifoe@stadt.koblenz.de
Regional Government of Valencia, Valencia SPAIN Comunidad Valenciana 00 34 96 386 20 57
monzo_eus@gva.es; arnau_rob@gva.es
Public institution Kaunas Science and Technology Park (formerly KTU Regional Science Park), Kaunas LITHUANIA Lietuva 00 370 37 332333
pranas.milius@stpkaunas.com
Torun Regional Development Agency, Toruń POLAND Kujawsko-Pomorskie 00 48 56 65 714 53
urbanowicz@tarr.org.pl
Athens Tourism & Development Agency SA, Athens GREECE Attiki 00 302 105 201 611 - 12
dtsamourtzi@aeda.gr
Development Centre of the Heart of Slovenia, Ltd, Litija SLOVENIA Zahodna Slovenija 00 386 1 896 27 10
gasper.klec@razvoj.si
Tipperary County Council, Clonmel, Co. Tipperary IRELAND Southern and Eastern 00353 52 61 26200
michael.moroney@tipperarycoco.ie

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