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Innovation services and key account management support for Basque SMEs during 2015-2016

Innovation services and key account management support for Basque SMEs during 2015-2016

Objective

Across the EU28 last year, some 21.6 million SMEs in the non‐financial business sector employed 88.8 million people and generated €3,666 trillion in value added. Expressed another way, 99 out of every 100 businesses are SMEs, as are 2 in every 3 employees and 58 cents in every euro of value added. It is important to note that while the prospects for SME success are tied with macro‐ economic developments, they by no means identically mirror all of them. As the majority of SMEs operate in sectors that serve domestic demand, for example, they did not share in the benefits of increased foreign demand, which was the key macro‐ economic driver of growth from 2008 to 2013.
Many SMEs are not in export‐oriented sectors, particularly the micro and small enterprises. Thus, programs supporting SME exports benefit directly only a sub‐set of SMEs. However, indirectly, all SMEs benefit to some extent from growth in exports as higher exports raises a) overall income levels, and hence the demand for goods and services sold by domestic demand facing SMEs, and b) the demand for goods and services originating from exporting‐oriented enterprises. Yet in an increasingly internationalized world, there are competitive advantages for those businesses that begin with a global strategy and can move quickly to take advantage of cross‐border activities. Providing further, tailored support for this growing asset class would form a key step in allowing SMEs to leverage the benefits of increased foreign demand.
In the Basque Country we’re very much aware of this scenario and that’s why the Network consortium partners participating in this action have design a implementation plan aiming at contributing to the objectives of COSME and H2020. That is, facilitating access to European and international markets for Basque SMEs and by providing growth-oriented, integrated business and innovation support services that help strengthen the competitiveness and sustainability of the enterprises in our region.
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Coordinator

SPRI- AGENCIA VASCA DE DESARROLLO EMPRESARIAL

Address

Al. Urquijo 36 49
48011 Bilbao

Spain

Activity type

Higher or Secondary Education Establishments

EU Contribution

€ 33 570

SOCIEDAD PARA LA TRANSFORMACION COMPETITIVA - ERALDAKETA LEHIAKORRERAKO SOZIETATEA SA

Address

Calle Duque De Wellington 2 6
01010 Vitoria Gasteiz

Spain

Activity type

Other

Participants (5)

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CAMARA DE COMERCIO, INDUSTRIA Y NAVEGACION DE BILBAO

Spain

CAMARA OFICIAL DE COMERCIO, INDUSTRIA Y NAVEGACION DE GIPUZKOA

Spain

CHAMBER OF COMMERCE AND INDUSTRY OF ALAVA

Spain

INNOBASQUE AGENCIA VASCA DE LA INNOVACION / INNOBASQUE BERRIKUNTZARENEUSKAL AGENTZIA

Spain

EU Contribution

€ 21 336

BEAZ SA

Spain

Project information

Grant agreement ID: 674809

  • Start date

    1 January 2015

  • End date

    31 December 2016

Funded under:

H2020-EU.2.3.

  • Overall budget:

    € 68 632,50

  • EU contribution

    € 54 906

Coordinated by:

SPRI- AGENCIA VASCA DE DESARROLLO EMPRESARIAL

Spain