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The needs of small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs) to form alliances based on competence and skills increasingly extend outside their local and even national base. Though recognized as having a high potential for job creation and growth SMEs are not in the same position as larger firms who more easily establish footholds on new geographical, commercial or technological territory. EU industrial and technological policy initiatives therefore incorporate objectives which highlight the role of those innovative SMEs who in growing numbers are able to operate on a wider scale. This report of an EIMS policy workshop, held in Luxembourg, 6-7 December 1993, explores the role of public measures on the basis of national and regional experiences which have been positive in many cases. Are there factors favourable to or barriers against collaboration which justify more efforts at European level? This report surveys 23 different schemes which target innovative SMEs either to support existing clusters or to promote the formation of networks of previously unrelated firms. The workshop was highly effective as a place to share and discuss how common challenges can be met with different policy instruments depending upon the specific strength of firms.

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Authors: FAHRENKROG G, TNO Centre for Technology and Policy Studies, Apeldoorn (NL);BOEKHOLT P, TNO Centre for Technology and Policy Studies, Apeldoorn (NL)
Bibliographic Reference: Report: EN (1995) 41pp.
Availability: Available from the European Commission, DG XIII-D-4, L-2920 Luxembourg (LU)
Record Number: 199730052 / Last updated on: 1997-10-10
Original language: en
Available languages: en
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