PROJECT ‘ENHANCING THE COMPETITIVENESS AND SUSTAINABLE GROWTH IN THE AGROFOOD SECTOR THROUGH THE PROMOTION OF CIRCULAR ECONOMY‘
with acronym ‘AGROFFICIENCY’
LEAD BENEFICIARY: Chamber of Small and Medium Sized Industries of Thessaloniki
PROJECT BENEFICIARY No. 02: Small Enterprises’ Institute of the Hellenic Confederation of Professionals Craftsmen and Merchants
PROJECT BENEFICIARY No. 03: Greek Association of Supply Chain Management
PROJECT BENEFICIARY No. 04: Regional Chamber of Commerce and Industry
PROJECT BENEFICIARY No. 05: Renewable Energy Sources Cluster
DURATION: 24 months (April 2021 – April 2023)
FUNDING ORGANIZATION: INTERREG V-A Greece – Bulgaria Programme 2014-2020
PRIORITY AXIS 1: A Competitive and Innovative Cross-Border Area
SPECIFIC OBJECTIVE1.1: Improve entrepreneurship SME support systems.
TOTAL BUDGET: 650 000.00 EUR
The main target group of the project is the local newly established and potential SMEs, since they need holistic and effective support and guidance. Through this project they will be greatly benefited since they will acquire access to a safe environment, which will provide them the necessary knowledge, cost-effective strategies and contacts, helping them lay strong foundations in order to survive and prosper. The Project Partners will also benefit by the programme, by further enriching their portfolios and services and building strong synergies with each other.
PROJECT OVERALL OBJECTIVE:
The project's overall objective is to enhance the support offered to established & newly established SMEs of the CB agrifood sector by creating a One-Stop-Shop business support center (BSC) that will work in an incubator-like model for SMEs. BSC is going to provide the necessary training, one to one consulting & networking, giving the means & opportunity to local agrifood SMEs to develop their business tools, generate new ideas & equip them with all the necessary know-how, properly manage, communicate & plan their operations, while creating a competitive advantage that will make them more enticing to investors. AGROFFICIENCY’s specific objective is to offer holistic support to 20 Agrifood SMEs in the CB area, by the end of the project.
PROJECT ACTIVITIES AND RESULTS:
The main project outputs of the project’s implementation are Training Sessions & Workshops, Targeted consulting of SMEs about existing Green Labeling Schemes & Circular Economy best practices, an E-Support Platform & Hybrid Networking & innovation forums for Agrifood Sector Stakeholder. Its innovative character lies on offering a holistic set of services that are complementary & offer a cohesive end result, which is the direct support of newly established SMEs. Its focus on businesses operating in the value chain contributes to its innovative side. Lastly, the holistic character of the whole venture will create added value to the CB sectors of Agrifood, RES & Logistics.