Title SME-TraiNet - Network for young businesses and SMEs
Project Number 142786-LLP-2008-AT-LEONARDO-LNW
Project Type Réseaux
Country EU-Projets centralisés
Marketing Text La promotion et le support des entrepreneurs et des PMEs est une priorité politique dans tous les pays d'Union Européenne et bien sur de la Commission Européenne DG Enterprise & Industry. Pourtant, l'entraînement et le soutient des entrepreneurs européens est principalement concentré sur l'aide initiale. En dépit du soutien initiaux, beaucoup des entreprises ne survivent pas à leur troisième année d'opérations d'affaires. La raison pour ce problème est qu'aucun soutien structuré et holistique n'est fourni à des PME toujours jeunes, mais déjà établies (c'est-à-dire les entrepreneurs opérant déjà depuis plus de 2 ans), qui se développent avec succès et auraient le potentiel de croissance, mais dont les propriétaires ne sont pas suffisamment capables de diriger cette croissance soudaine et les problèmes et défis qu'il provoque. C'est surtout le cas pour les entreprises dans les artisanats aussi bien que dans le secteur de services. Le project SME-TraiNet ce consacra à ce problème en encourageant le dialogue entre de jeunes entreprises européennes/ la PME opérant dans le secteur de services et d'artisanats et les conseils européens et les institutions de formation pour améliorer l'entraînement actuel et les structures de soutien au groupe prévu de jeunes entreprises et de PME.
Promoting and supporting entrepreneurship and SMEs is a political priority in all European member states and also of the European Commission DG Enterprise & Industry. However, the training and support European entrepreneurs usually get is mainly focused on initial aid during their first steps into entrepreneurship. Despite the initial support founders of new businesses get at the beginning, many of them do not survive their third year of business operations. This is due to the fact that no structured and holistic support is provided to still young but already established SMEs (i.e. entrepreneurs already operating since more than 2 years), whose businesses develop successfully and would have the potential of growth, but whose owners are not sufficiently capable of managing this sudden growth and the problems and challenges it brings about. This is especially the case for enterprises in the crafts as well as in the services sector.
The stakeholder network which will be created in the framework of this project will take up this problem by fostering the dialogue between European young businesses/ SMEs operating in the crafts and services sector, and European guidance and training providers in order to improve the current training and support structures to the target group of young businesses and SMEs.
The activities carried out by SME-TraiNet are research, national workshops (including working groups) and international conferences at European level.
1. Research on current training and support structures for young businesses in the participating countries in order to determine good practice in training and support as well as current trends and needs of SMEs/ young businesses operating in the crafts and services sector. Result: “Final study report on national training and support structures of all countries involved in the project” (summarising the results of all national research activities, available in the respective national language and in English language, media used: paper and digital versions)
2. Two workshops (based on the results of the research) per participating partner country, with the purpose to discuss identified good practice examples with national experts and to develop strategies how these could be spread around the country. Furthermore, identified current and emerging needs will be discussed in especially established working groups and solutions will be developed to cope with these. Results: “Summary of good practices in training and support for growing SMEs (in national languages and English language)” and a “Concept defining methods, approaches and structures to cope with the identified sector-specific/ country-specific needs” (summarising the results obtained by the national workshops and working groups in national languages and translated into English, paper and digital version).
3. Two international conferences in which all network partners as well as other relevant stakeholders will participate. The conferences will represent a platform to raise awareness at the political level and to discuss and exchange the results of the national workshops and working groups at European level. Result: “Conference handbooks/ compendia” summarising the results of the conferences (in paper and digital version).
Utilisation et diffusion de résultats
Formation tout au long de la vie
Entreprise, TPE, PME
Marché du travail
Validation, transparence, certification
Sectors Autres Activités de Services
1. Overview/ Summary of training and support structures for young businesses and growing SMEs (of all participating countries)
2. List of key players, stakeholders, political decision makers and multipliers for young business and SMEs (of all participating countries)
3. List and descriptions of institutions providing good practice or carrying out innovative projects in this field.
4. Summary of main trends, needs, and problems of corporate development of SMEs in the service/ crafts sectors in the participating countries (needs and requirements of young businesses/ SMEs will certainly differ between the European countries involved).
5. Summary of best practice examples and appropriate transfer strategy at national level (as result of the workshop).
6. Establishment of working groups dealing with sector-specific and country-specific problems and needs of SMEs in development.
7. Best practice examples at European level are determined, working group results at the international conferences discussed and strategies to transfer best practices and solutions to the sector-specific/ country-specific problems and priorities are developed at European level.
1. Final study report (summarising the results of all national research activities in English language)
2. Summary of good practices in training and support for growing SMEs (in national languages and English language)
3. Concept defining methods, approaches and structures to cope with the identified sector-specific/ country-specific needs (summarising the results obtained by the national workshops and working groups in national languages and translated into English)
4. Conference handbook/ compendium, summarising the results of the first conference, including the results of the research on training and support structures for SMEs, the identified best practices at national level and their transferability.
5. Final conference handbook/ compendium which summarises the main results of the final conference such as working group results about current sector-specific challenges at national and European level and strategies to cope with these, good/ best practice examples in the different European countries and strategies how these best practices could be transferred into other European countries.