While there are comprehensive political programs in some countries, these are missing in other countries. The aim of the policy strategy program is to create comparable framework conditions and promotions in all BSR countries. As there is a large lack of funding for certain target groups of entrepreneurs throughout the BSR, the strategy program will include specific action plans.
1. Development of:
a) a policy strategy for the comprehensive promotion of SME transfers at regional, national and international level.
b) 4 action plans for the promotion of new target groups of potential successors that are so far underrepresented and need to be addressed:
♦ Females are hardly taking over companies as successors. This needs to be changed and thus the proportion of total female entrepreneurs increased.
♦ Workforce, employees of SMEs, that take over companies in the form of cooperatives – which is quite common in France, Italy or Spain- but almost
unheard of in the BSR
♦ Immigrants, that show a much higher entrepreneurship share in their original home countries and often entrepreneurial spirit that can be used also in
SMEs of their new home countries (DE, DK, SE, FI)
♦ Skilled workforce that went abroad (brain drain) and is returning or might be interested to return to their home countries and with their gained
experience are well-suited as successors (EE, LT, LV, PL)
2. Intensive consultation of the strategy program and of the four action plans with regional and national policies and administrations in all countries as well as consultations at EU level. Political and administrative cooperation is ensured through all project partners and associated partners (see 4.5 and 4.7). Co-operation takes place within the framework of bilateral consultations and negotiations as well as workshops and conferences (see A5.2 / O5.2 and A5.3 / O5.3).
3. Publication of the strategy program and contribution to policy and administration at regional, national and international level. In the development and implementation of the strategic program, all associated partners provide important consultations and indispensable impulses. At two international consultations, the programs are intensively discussed with other stakeholders and possible implementations prepared.
4. The business support organisations (PP2 – 8) and the 50 SME chambers/institutions covering all BSR countries, are included in the development, a dvising and implementation of the strategy program, since they are well connected on a political level and also act as political representation are takeover administrative tasks in their regions. Within this framework, they will be intensively involved in the implementation of the strategy program during the project period and beyond.
PP1 Baltic Sea Academy and the transfer partner Hanse-Parlament will also coordinate and support these important tasks of their member organizations and support the realisation of the strategy on BSR and EU level.
The main output consists of a policy strategy and action program to strongly support SME transfers to ensure the innovative continuation of the enterprises. The program covers all relevant fields of action for SME transfers, such as the establishment of the framework conditions, financial support and granting of state guarantees, promotion of entrepreneurship and qualifications as entrepreneurs, support for the establishment and permanent operation of promotion and advisory capacities at the intermediary SME business support organisations.
The program integrates four action plans for the promotion of target groups “SME successors”, which are so far underrepresented and which are essential to achieve the necessary increase in the number of entrepreneurs in general as well as SME successors, especially.
Political support for SME transfers is inadequate in many BSR countries, and important groups of potential successors are simply excluded. The purpose of the output is to achieve the positive changes in all SMR countries by implementing a comparable, comprehensive support of SME transfers by the public authorities, and thus to unleash new target groups as SME successors, significantly increasing the number of entrepreneurs.
Increased capacity of innovation actors and improved conditions for this non-technological, but dearly needed, innovation is realised. The output is developed jointly by the different target groups and is used jointly in all BSR countries.
In the development of the output, local, regional, national, international and EU levels of policy and administration are involved in all countries with project and associated partners. (see 4.5 + 4.7). This cooperation, which also promotes multi-level governance on a sustained basis, is carried out in bilateral negotiations and consultations with the respective project partners in all countries and regions, as well as with all partners at workshops and conferences.