Boosting Business Support to SMEs through setting up Mobile Fair and innovative Services in the cross-border territory


Project Number – MIS 5072600
Priority axis 1 - A Competitive and Innovative Cross-Border Area
Investment priorities 3a - Promoting entrepreneurship, in particular by facilitating the economic exploitation of new ideas and fostering the creation of new firms, including through business incubators
Intervention fields 066. Advanced support services for SMEs and groups of SMEs (including management, marketing and design services)
Lead Beneficiary CHAMBER OF XANTHI
Regional Industrial Association - SMOLYAN
Start Date Apr 13, 2021
End Date Aug 31, 2023
Budget 378.490,00 €
ERDF Contribution 321.716,50 €
National Contribution 56.773,50 €
The main objective of the project is the empowerment of entrepreneurship and SMEs providing the opportunity to participate in fairs and exhibitions without the preparation and the cost-expenses required at global exhibitions. SMEs through networking and an extrovert export strategy dramatically increase the possibility of business survival and viability. At the same time the project’s platform will provide tools and support to all SMEs, while the participation in fairs mainly favors-benefits commercial businesses, especially in the food, agriculture, textile, handicrafts and agri-food sectors.The two GR and BGB partners (chambers) will purchase equipment for the fairs and will organize 4 local mobile fairs each in the areas of their activity.The fairs will be co-organized with the partner from the other cross border area and will be conducted with some events. Parallel to the fairs some local events will be organized such as joint B2B meetings, seminars on Financial tools, Business support possibilities etc. (typical activities of the chambers). There is a direct link possible to the quality label procedures from WILD LIFE FOR EVER. A must is every partner to produce a special website about the mobile fairs and all events during the fairs.The other two partners will conduct a study about the needs in the area concerned (best practices in 3 EU countries about local exhibitions)and will give solutions about best effective way of the organization of the mobile fairs (sectors,involvement of the SMEs from the other side of the border, sustainability and others)
Outputs: As a result it is expected that the two mobile fairs will be able not only during the project but also after it to deliver to small enterprises and local producers following services:Support for better market of their products/services during the fairs; To take part in local events (B2B meetings, seminars etc.); To make contacts to the other side of the border; To be present on the website of the fairs; Stimulation of the cross border trade GR BG;
Primary direct beneficiaries of the initiative are small companies participating at fairs, as exhibitors or at Programmes and business meetings. Indirect beneficiaries are all persons, who will be able to get jobs or extra incomes thanks to the development of economical and trading partnerships in the areas concerned, or just simply get information and share experiences.

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