Strengthening institutional capacity of existing SME business support organisations for business transfers in the BSR.
The handing over of SMEs is a very complex, often multi-year process. The leaving owner and the successor need comprehensive support and process-accompanying consultations on a solid trust basis. This is best suited to SME business support organisations, in which the transferable company is often a member. The company received probably already support in other areas and a trustful relation exists.
Target groups are:
- Existing SME business support organisations (BSOs)
- a) Primarily intermediaries like chambers, SME associations etc.
- b) Complementary business-oriented institutions of higher vocational education and training (academies, colleges), who, in addition to their qualification tasks assume the role of promoters of business transfers. These academies, which train entrepreneurs and already have cooperation with SMEs, supplement BSOs in some regions, closing gaps in regional support. Actually PP 10 was established in 2005 by three business chambers to focus on qualification of future entrepreneurs and successors.
- In the future, the BSOs and respective training facilities must fullfil the following tasks:
- a) support of SME business transfers.
- b) train own staff to become transfer coaches
- c) constant involvement in the further development and implementation of transfer models and tools
- d) qualification of future entrepreneurs and successors Missing tools, funding models and support programs for specific target groups are jointly developed and implemented within the transnational cooperation.