GT4SME Fourth Transnational Project Meeting on the Topic “Internationalization”

The 5th transnational project meeting of the Erasmus+ Strategic Partnership project “Enabling Sustainable Growth and Transformation of SMEs with a Focus on Work-Based Learning” (GT4SME) took place in Berlin, Germany between 15. and 17.09.2021.

 

The main objective of the project is to support SME-educators in their work in four topic fields to enable sustainable SME growth and transformation eventually. These are Digital Transformation Internationalization, Financial Access, and Impact.

 

 

In order to improve knowledge and practical experience of the consortium partners, four TPMs have been planned to have a practical thematic aspect dedicated to one of the four project topics.

 

To support work-based learning experience, these TPMs have been planned to incorporate a ‘thematic workshop’ to which the consortium invites a ‘guest SME representative’ (the case-SME) and works on the specific project topic together.

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The specific theme of the 5th TPM was Internationalization. It was spread over three days (15th, 16th and 17th September 2021) and each day had one or two online sessions during which the entire consortium came together. During the meeting sessions consortium partners not only evaluated the overall project progress, but also worked on the final project deliverable of ‘digital toolkit‘, which will be a useful source of information on project’s four topics for SME-educators and SMEs.

 

They discussed and exchanged knowledge on the topic of Internationalization, with a particular focus on SMEs and markets in Germany, Turkey and Balkan region. The workshop with the case-SME, an architecture and renovation company, provided partners with a chance to go deeper into the TPM topic and understand it in the context of the consulting / construction industry.

 

As part of project’s dissemination, the consortium has been publishing blogs on the project website and spreading them through the project’s social media accounts (Facebook / Instagram), which present valuable knowledge on project’s four topics; or share best-practice examples from Europe in general and partner countries in particular; or discuss global issues that touch upon project’s scope.

 

More detailed information on the specific topics and practices covered in the 5th TPM can be followed through above-mentioned social media channels, as the consortium will publish blogs on them in the coming weeks.

GT4SME Fourth Transnational Project Meeting on the Topic “Impact”

The 4th transnational project meeting of the Erasmus+ Strategic Partnership project “Enabling Sustainable Growth and Transformation of SMEs with a Focus on Work-Based Learning” (GT4SME) took place in a hybrid way between 26. – 28.07.2021. While part of the consortium partners met at IDOP in Zagreb, Croatia, the other partners joined remotely in online sessions.

The main objective of the project is to support SME-educators in their work in four topic fields to enable sustainable SME growth and transformation eventually. These are Digital Transformation Internationalization, Financial Access, and Impact.

In order to improve knowledge and practical experience of the consortium partners, four TPMs have been planned to have a practical thematic aspect dedicated to one of the four project topics. To support work-based learning experience, these TPMs have been planned to incorporate a ‘thematic workshop’ to which the consortium invites a ‘guest SME representative’ (the case-SME) and works on the specific project topic together.

The specific theme of the 4th TPM was ‘incorporation of positive impact values’, shortly Impact. It was spread to three days (26th, 27th and 28th July 2021) and each day had one or two online sessions during which the entire consortium came together.

During the meeting sessions consortium partners not only evaluated the overall project progress, but also worked on the final project deliverable of ‘digital toolkit’, which will be a useful source of information on project’s four topics for SME-educators and SMEs.

They discussed and exchanged knowledge on the topic of Impact, with a particular focus on sustainability, non-financial reporting, EU Taxonomy and the related challenges and opportunities for the SMEs. The workshop with the case-SME, a Croatian apple producer, provided partners with a chance to go deeper into the TPM topic and understand it in the context of agriculture / food industry.

As part of project’s dissemination, the consortium has been publishing blogs on the project website and spreading them through the project’s social media accounts (Facebook / Instagram), which present valuable knowledge on project’s four topics; or share best-practice examples from Europe in general and partner countries in particular; or discuss global issues that touch upon project’s scope.

More detailed information on the specific topics and practices covered in the 4th TPM can be followed through above-mentioned social media channels, as the consortium will publish blogs on them in the coming weeks.

Enabling Sustainable Growth and Transformation of SMEs with a Focus on Work-Based Learning

Erasmus+ Project GT4SME – Enabling Sustainable Growth and Transformation of SMEs with a Focus on Work-Based Learning. As part of the EU’s Erasmus+ Program, Global Impact Grid (GIG) has partnered with AREGAI (Italy), IDOP (Croatia), GTE Karbon (Turkey), Eurorpring (Serbia) and N&P Business Consulting (Germany) for the project “Enabling Sustainable Growth and Transformation of SMEs with a Focus on Work-Based Learning” (GT4SME).

 

SMEs are the backbone of the economy. According to the European Commission, they “represent 99% of all businesses in the EU”. The majority of new jobs and innovative ideas come from SMEs and they are relatively more flexible in adapting to changing global business environment. The pace of technological change, which influences economic and societal development is increasing every day and SMEs are key in determining Europe’s position in catching up with that change. Policies of the European Commission in the field of “Internal Market, Industry, Entrepreneurship and SMEs” indicate there is a great emphasis on “digital transformation”, “corporate social responsibility” “SME internationalization”, as well as “access to finance for SMEs”.

Indeed, in the framework of the GT4SME project, consortium partners will have a focus on four topics that are crucial for SME-transformation and -growth: digitalization, internationalization, financial access and positive impact. Through dissemination activities and project deliverables, project consortium aims to provide SME-educators with know-how and a framework around these topics that can be used to help SMEs and individual entrepreneurs develop their businesses in a sustainable way.

The project has officially started on 01.11.2019 and will end by 31.10.2021. During this 2-year period, consortium partners will (further) learn about above-mentioned four topics and exchange knowledge, expertise and good practices from their own regions. They will work on these topics based on real life cases to facilitate work-based learning. 

 

The project will result in increased knowledge and capabilities for SME-educators in particular and will have a wider impact on other stakeholders that include SMEs, entrepreneurs and innovators, entrepreneurship-ecosystem practitioners, as well as policy makers. 

The 2nd meeting of the project will be held virtually. During the first thematic TPM, partners will focus our discussion and exchanges of good practices and information on the topic of Access to Funds. The core of the TPM is the practical workshop with a case SME from emerging and developed markets. We aim to acquire an understanding on the (future) needs of SMEs and how to develop and package valuable consulting products / services.

The 2nd TPM is to pave the way for a successful project continuation in terms of partners agreeing on basic definitions of each topic, gaining more understanding of each topic, as well as establishing a basis for the future workshop.

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