Supporting SMEs in the transition to online training with MobiliseSME

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We welcome another secondment! This time it is about two companies that, thanks to MobiliseSME, are collaborating in the development of online training materials.


Who are our protagonists?

Carlos Gil, Iván Carnota and Mariana Figueira have decided to participate in the MobiliseSME programme for 6 months in Coimbra (Portugal).

Carlos has a degree in Law and a degree in Legal Sciences of Public Administrations, as well as a solid background in European Affairs. Meanwhile, Iván holds a degree in Law and a master’s degree in European Law. Both are co-funders of Yepso!, a micro-enterprise in the education and training sector that is participating in MobiliseSME as a Sending Company, and which defines itself as the materialisation of an innovative project: developing a digital e-learning infrastructure to favour access to the European civil process as permanent officials.

Mariana has a degree in engineering, with notions in content marketing and training in television direction and presentation, as well as in radio voice-over. She is also the director of Mariana Figueira da Silva Sociedade Unipessoal, a micro-enterprise that participates in MobiliseSME as Host Company through one of its two brands, Mondeguitta Produçoes, which is dedicated to providing audiovisual communication services to companies worldwide, particularly in the production of corporate videos.

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What are their objectives?

The two micro-enterprises are collaborating with the following objectives in mind:

Mondeguitta wants to obtain a holistic vision of the European market, favour its introduction in other European countries and enter a market niche of interest, especially the audio-visual communication linked to e-learning training. The company expects to develop a collaboration that would serve as a pilot to, later on, offer these services to other companies in the EU market.

– In Yepso!, they expect to improve the technical audio-visual components of their educational activities and, at the same time, to learn a lot about how to develop an international audio-visual strategy, in which the video tool would be in the centre of their daily work.

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What is the purpose of their collaboration?

Our participants are working together in the development of a new learning audio-visual product (e-learning online course) that will help both to offer new innovative services to potential clients around the EU market.

During the COVID-19 crisis, challenges have showed up for companies like Mondeguitta and many of them, such as Yepso!, are in full transition towards new models, offering a service that has become a growing trend in times of pandemic, demonstrating that adaptability to change is essential in order not to disappear from the map. Continuous improvement and reinvention are necessary more than ever; our participants are fully aware and have been able to develop an activity plan geared towards this.


If you also want to see first-hand the opportunities offered by participating in MobiliseSME,  it is as simple as starting by taking a look at our web sections How to participate and Local Contact Points.

You may also write to us on support@mobilise-sme.eu whenever you want. We will be happy to advise you at any time!

 

MobiliseSME supporting the exchange of ideas in rural tourism

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Let’s introduce a new collaboration between European SMEs!

Salvatore Greco, from Sikanamente, and Yoselin Chicasaca, from AIE International Business, have decided to work together in the field of rural tourism in Sicily (Italy) for 3 months, in the framework of the MobiliseSME programme.

 

Who are our protagonists? What are they seeking by participating in MobiliseSME?

Yoselin Chacasaca is the CEO of AIE International Business, focused on the digital transformation advice related to online marketing, tourism and development of entrepreneurship projects, with high experience in the rural and cultural sector. Yoselin provides services to other companies in business management and she would like to learn about the features and characteristics of tourist companies, since she is opening a new business line among her services. As a consequence, she is quite interested in how to create tourist products, in order to implement them on a local level.

On the other hand, Salvatore Greco is the co-founder of Sikanamente, whose aim is to promote cultural and environmental heritage of the Sicani Mountains Prizzi. Salvatore was interested in collaborating with a company that could give them the main clues to understand the tourism behaviour and develop new services.

In this respect, both SMEs are closely connected since their experience helps to support their goals.

 

What results do they expect from their collaboration?

Both companies are focused on the rural touristic routes in both Sicily and Galicia, so they can find some synergies among their daily work tasks, and set new common methods that allow them to be more efficient in the approaches and client services. 

While Yoselin will acquire new market knowledge in a region with high rural touristic rates, Salvatore and his team will learn how to better manage his company thanks to the tips and experience on business management from AIE International Business.

Also, they will improve their marketing techniques and boost their communication skills throughout an exchange of knowledge and best practices to catch the correct target group. 

Moreover, both sides could establish a lifelong collaboration due to the exchanges of knowledge related with their common lines of business.

 

Activity highlights

At this point of their MobiliseSME relationship, they are currently sharing ideas on how to improve the cultural heritage marketing strategies from both companies, and reach the right target groups. Moreover, they are developing new approaches on how to offer high quality services standards, so rural tourists have a good experience.

In this sense, they also require the development of new entertainment ideas that suit both lines of business, as well as the development of new tourism materials.

In addition, they are improving their social network skills to boost these communication goals, as well as studying the adaptability of each activity or idea in their own business.

For sure, this experience will allow both companies to increase their management skills, as well as their internationalisation opportunities focused on the development of their know-how in the tourism sector.


If you also want to participate, whatever your sector, our Local Contact Points will accompany you through the whole process.

You may also write us on support@mobilise-sme.eu.

 

Boosting audiovisuals, sustainability and tourism with MobiliseSME

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Christian Battiferro & Alberto Pla are two professionals from the audiovisual sector, who started collaborating through the MobiliseSME programme at the beginning of May 2021.

Christian has travelled from Italy to Spain to partner up with Alberto, and they are currently working together in València.

They decided to join their forces during this uncertain time in the audiovisual industry, and are taking this opportunity to develop their projects, each bringing their own expertise to the table. 

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Who are our protagonists and what are their objectives?

Christian is a filmmaker and director from Coopspettacolo.it, a cooperative operating in the field of entertainment, show and multimedia which wants to collaborate with a Spanish partner who is interested in developing new ideas to apply to the audiovisual world related to tourism and culture.

Christian’s aim is to create a series of audiovisuals that promote cultural exchange and tourism showing the soul of Spain (Valencian Region in particular), meanwhile acquiring new competences, such as the Spanish language. He represents the Sending Company (SC).

On the other hand, Alberto is a photographer, documentary maker and the director of the Social Communication Agency-Alberto Pla, a Communication Agency that works for organizations, public institutions and companies that develop social projects.

He wants to develop a new idea of video format focusing on the promotion of sustainable tourism, in order to use it as a propaganda addressed to both national and international tourists and, accordingly, strengthening the already existing relations between the cities of València and Bologna. He represents the Host Company (HC).

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Activity highlights

Both are currently collaborating on a social project that will result in a pilot video, promoting rural and sustainable tourism in the area of València. Together they identified key social, cultural and environmental issues which they will be exploring during their collaboration.

They observed the phenomenon of Street Art in its transversal use in urban development and embellishment. 

They have also identified, in the tradition of cultivation of rice, the recurrent theme of the promotion of rural and sustainable tourism

Through their collaboration, both are exchanging their knowledge in their fields of expertise, sharing their best practices and contact networks, while developing their abilities (including language skills for the SC).

In addition, both are developing their skills in an equal exchange of knowledge and setting up future collaborations to prepare for the post-Covid period, with the potential visibility of the pilot video that the SC will replicate for the area of Bologna.

Christian and Alberto have seen in MobiliseSME programme the opportunity to partner up and adapt to the current challenges.


MobiliseSME programme gives SME’s staff the opportunity to take advantage of the opportunities of the EU Single Market and develop cross-border partnerships.

If you also want to have this opportunity, our Local Contact Points will accompany you through the whole process – that’s what we’re here for!

 

New collaboration in MobiliseSME: restoring pianos from Spain to Belgium

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It is time to introduce you to a new collaboration between European SMEs in the framework of the MobiliseSME programme:

Gonzalo Palenzuela, Spanish freelancer and owner of Silentium Piano, has decided to participate in MobiliseSME as Sending Company (SC) to collaborate for 3 months with a Host Company (HC) from Belgium and specialised in importing pianos.

 

What are they seeking by participating in MobiliseSME?

Gonzalo is a self-employed worker specialised in piano maintenance and restoration. For him, this collaboration primarily means expanding his client portfolio and being able to offer high quality services not only in his country (Spain), but in most of Europe.

For the HC, it would mean hosting a self-employed person specialised in the repair and restoration of grand pianos that may offer an added value to its staff, by sharing and exchanging their knowledge, in particular on piano restoration techniques.

 

Main activities

Both European SMEs will work together mainly to:

– Conduct market research;

– Exchange knowledge and practices (training);

– And internationalise their products, with the main focus on restoration of pianos.

The activities contain an important part of job shadowing.

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What results do they expect from their collaboration?

Both SC and HC expect to have acquired enough knowledge to complete the restoration of a total of 20 grand pianos, and learnt new techniques on mechanics of pianos, the installation of silence systems, keyboards, as well as the regulation and intonation process to optimize the sound qualities of instruments. 

However, depending on their experience and role in MobiliseSME, each company expects different results for their particular case:

For the Host Company

– Learn new techniques on mechanics of pianos;

– Introduce the partnership of both companies in the Belgian market;

– Assess future collaborations with the SC, in both the Belgian and the Spanish market.

For the Sending Company

– Improve skills and knowledge of restoration techniques;

– Expand its market in the host country (Belgium) and networking;

– Improve selling, research and language skills.


At MobiliseSME, we are convinced that our participants will achieve amazing results and will benefit from this collaboration throughout their careers.

If you also want to participate, whatever your sector, our Local Contact Points will accompany you through the whole process. You may also write us on support@mobilise-sme.eu

EU Digital COVID Certificate: safer movements in the EU

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In one of our previous posts, we explained that there are tools such as Re-open EU that are very useful for labour mobility within the EU in times of coronavirus.

Recently, the European Commission has approved a new system that will make it possible to provide health information in a simple and secure way, and which will allow for better mobility management in the context of the current health crisis.

 

What is the EU Digital COVID Certificate?

It is a digital certificate that will facilitate safe free movement of citizens in the European Union during the COVID-19 pandemic. It will prove that a person has either:

– Been vaccinated against COVID-19

– Received a negative test result

– Recovered from COVID-19

 

Countries can start issuing and using it already and it will become available in all EU Member States as of 1 July 2021.

For more information, we suggest checking the Factsheet: EU Digital COVID Certificate

In case of major new outbreaks in any of the participating countries, MobiliseSME will provide assistance and information to ensure a safe stay.


For further details on rules during the coronavirus pandemic and how it might influence the MobiliseSME programme, please, address the Local Contact Points or write us on support@mobilise-sme.eu

 

Working hand in hand with the cybersecurity industry

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On 6 May, Fundación Equipo Humano (FEH) attended an online event organised by the AEI cluster on Cybersecurity and Advanced Technologies to present MobiliseSME, as a partner and co-leader of the programme.

During the event, FEH participated in a working group comprising companies in the cybersecurity sector from all over Spain, but especially from the region of Castilla y León. The working group discussed various local, regional and national initiatives that promote training and talent retention in companies.

MobiliseSME can help the development of competences, skills and knowledge in the cybersecurity sector, through training stays in other EU companies. In addition, the current context of COVID-19 is serving to redirect strategies and train in skills needed for the new reality.

Thus, MobiliseSME contributes to SMEs’ talent retention and attraction strategies by:

1) Creating an internal incentive for growth and continuous training within the company;

2) And attracting new European talent for obtaining new synergies and knowledge (processes, management, innovation, products…).

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In this working group, FEH shared space with AETICAL (Federation of ICT Companies Associations of Castilla y León), CONETIC (Spanish Confederation of ICT Companies) and Fundación Goodjob, specialised in the integration of people. Other companies, universities, associations and clusters of the sector also attended.

MobiliseSME would like to thank AEI for the opportunity to give us a voice at their event by allowing us to present our programme, demonstrating that their initiatives can also be ours. We hope this is the beginning of a fruitful collaboration.


If you want to participate or get more information about MobiliseSME, please check on How to participate or the Local Contact Points.

You may also write us on support@mobilise-sme.eu

 

MobiliseSME programme: did you miss the webinar?

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On March 10th, the Official Spanish Chamber of Commerce in Belgium and Luxembourg and Fundación Equipo Humano, held the webinar “Boost your business in the EU: internationalization and capacity building for SMES”, as the launch event of the MobiliseSME programme.

If you missed the webinar, check the Launch Event Press release of MobiliseSME for more details. You can also find other materials in the following links:

Video of the full session of the webinar.

Presentation used during the event, by Mr Crispin Waymouth of the DG GROW, and another presentation about the MobiliseSME programme.

Results of surveys at the end of the webinar. 70% of attendees recommend participating in the MobliseSME programme.


If you want more information, consult on the Local Contact Points in your country or contact us on support@mobilise-sme.eu

 

Press Release: MobiliseSME – New EU Mobility Programme for SMEs

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The 10th of March 2021 was a key date in the consolidation of the European Single Market.

On that day, the official launch event of the MobiliseSME Programme –a new European business mobility programme for Small and Medium-sized Enterprises– took place.

What is MobiliseSME?

Funded by the EURES Axis of the European Commission’s EU Programme for Employment and Social Innovation (EaSI), MobiliseSME is the first mobility programme specifically designed for SMEs. Based on a successful pilot project implemented between 2015 and 2017, the programme fosters international collaborations between European SMEs by funding employee secondments in another European country.

Thus, the main objective of MobiliseSME is to boost the internationalisation of European SMEs, to improve their competitiveness, and to establish a common methodology at the EU level for mobility schemes for SME employees.

In short, the programme aims to harness the full potential of the European Single Market, the free mobility of workers as well as one of its most valuable assets, SMEs, which represent 99% of EU companies.

The MobiliseSME consortium is led by the Official Spanish Chamber of Commerce in Belgium and Luxembourg and co-led by Fundación Equipo Humano, along with 11 other international organisations. Any company from any member state can participate. Other eligible countries would be Iceland, Norway, Albania, Turkey, Montenegro, Serbia, and the Republic of North Macedonia.

10M: Launch Event

On the occasion of the official launch of MobiliseSME, the Official Spanish Chamber of Commerce in Belgium and Luxembourg together with Fundación Equipo Humano, have conducted the webinar “Boost your business in the EU: internationalisation and capacity building for SMEs“.

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During the webinar, the programme was introduced to the attending companies and business representatives, pointing out the opportunities and benefits it offers, including strengthening their international collaboration, knowledge, and skills, making them more resilient to future challenges.

The event –held online– was attended by a total of 153 participants, including companies from different sectors at the European level as well as business associations, incubators, and public and private entities representing European enterprises (Local Development Agencies, Trade Offices abroad, and territorial directorates). It was also attended by the various Local Contact Points (experts on mobility and business in the EU) and representatives of the two main business and SME branches at the EU level, the Directorate-General for Employment, Social Affairs, and Inclusion and the Directorate for the Internal Market, Industry, Entrepreneurship & SMEs (DG EMPL and DG GROW).

Likewise, Marta Templado (CEO of Turiart) and Claudio Cristofori (owner of J&K Jabalito & Karma Viaggi), shared their experience and success story as a result of their participation in the programme. Both companies were in Valencia and Bologna, respectively, with the objective of designing new tourist routes, training in languages, and establishing new contacts. Their business collaboration has achieved great results.

A new opportunity for companies in difficulties

In recent years, the EU has developed several programmes and initiatives to support workers’ mobility and business-to-business collaborations, especially among SMEs.

Until now, there has been no specific programme to support employees to move to other companies outside their own country and exchange knowledge. This has resulted in the creation of MobiliseSME.

In the current context, where many companies are rethinking their business models, MobiliseSME allows them to gain perspective and gain new skills and knowledge. Thanks to MobiliseSME, companies can redirect and rethink their strategies, especially those severely affected by the constraints of the current health crisis.

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That is Marta Templado’s opinion, CEO of Turiart and participant in the programme: “When I heard about the MobiliseSME programme, I saw it as an opportunity to get to know the Italian market better, learn a new language and get future clients, especially now that everything is at a standstill in Spain”.

In the same vein, José Enrique Val, EU Project Manager of Fundación Equipo Humano pointed out that “the MobiliseSME programme has become a new impulse for European SMEs, as it is allowing them to reformulate their way of doing business as well as to develop and update the skills and knowledge necessary for the post-COVID reality”.

Alfonso Cadenas, EU Project Coordinator of Fundación Equipo Humano highlighted “the importance of the strategic approach to the internationalisation of SMEs through the development of the competences and skills of their employees, while the MobiliseSME programme can achieve great synergies with other regional, national and European programmes as in most cases it is complementary”.

The European Commission representatives, Mr. Denis Genton (DG EMPL) and Mr. Crispin Waymouth (DG GROW) agreed that the MobiliseSME programme adds to “initiatives that strengthen labour mobility within the European Union” as well as “the resilience of SMEs and the autonomous strategy of the European Single Market”.

Advantages of participating in MobiliseSME

The programme offers international technical and financial assistance to SMEs by organizing and supporting short secondments (1 to 6 months) in companies in other EU countries. These secondments are co-financed by the European Commission with monthly grants of up to €1,100.

At the same time, MobiliseSME also offers tailor-made sessions on how to internationalize products, so that participating companies can take advantage of the extensive networks to which the Local Contact Points belong, thus increasing their visibility on a European scale.

The programme also provides SMEs with various tools and information to find business partners in the EU, to expand their business, products, and services, as well as to improve the knowledge, skills, and competencies of their staff.

How to participate in the programme

Participating in MobiliseSME is easy: start by visiting the official MobiliseSME website. In addition to SMEs, freelancers, self-employed and one-person companies can also participate. The next step would be to contact one of the Local Contact Points in the EU. They guide, register, and support SMEs during their participation in the programme.

It is important to remember that registrations are allowed on the matchmaking platform until mid-2022.

For any questions, SMEs can write to support@mobilise-sme.eu

If you missed the webinar, you can find all materials in the next post of the MobiliseSME website MobiliseSME programme: did you miss the webinar?

 

MobiliseSME Programme Launch Event

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SAVE THE DATE!

10th March 2021

Webinar on “Boost your business in the EU: internationalization and capacity building for SMEs”.

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On March 10th from 9:15 am to 10:15 am (CET), the Official Spanish Chamber of Commerce in Belgium and Luxembourg and Fundación Equipo Humano will organize a webinar on “Boost your business in the EU: internationalization and capacity building for SMEs”, as the launch event of the MobiliseSME Programme.

ABOUT THE PROGRAMME

MobiliseSME is a business mobility pilot programme that seeks to strengthen European SMEs’ skills and capacities development, by supporting short-term cross-border secondments for their staff.

This programme follows an approach that combines learning objectives for employees, managers, and (co-)owners of companies and international business opportunities for SMEs.

Many businesses see in this programme the opportunity to strengthen their international collaboration, to join forces, and to adapt their business to the challenges that are yet to come.

LAUNCH EVENT

During this online event, companies and business associations will have the opportunity to discover how the EU funded initiatives can be a great added value for them, not only by helping to boost their growth and expansion in the EU but also the skills of their employees.

The webinar will gather experts in internationalization, mobility of workers, SMEs, and EU bodies, in order to discuss the current situation of SMEs, their role in the EU single market and its opportunities.

It will also be a chance for SMEs to meet face to face with other counterparts and build up new collaborations. The event will act as a meeting and matchmaking point for future business opportunities.

SPEAKERS AND FURTHER DETAILS

Local Contact Points (chambers of commerce, incubators, business associations, and experts in mobility and business at the EU level) from the MobiliseSME programme will attend the webinar.

Moreover, the webinar will also be attended and presented by representatives of the two main branches of business and SMEs in the EU, concretely:

– A representative of Labour Mobility, Free Movement of Workers, EURES Unit from the Directorate-General for Employment, Social Affairs and Inclusion, DG EMPL;

– And a representative of SME Internationalisation Unit from the Directorate- General of Internal Market, Industry, Entrepreneurship and SMEs, DG GROW.

The webinar will be held in English.

REGISTRATIONS

You can check the full programme of the webinar here.

You can sign up for this webinar through this reply form.

 

A successful collaboration in times of coronavirus I

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The first secondment carried out under the Mobilise SME programme involves two companies: one from Spain and the other from Italy.

The working relationship between our participants began in the midst of the coronavirus crisis.

Both are taking advantage of the current situation in the tourism sector to create new synergies, collaborations and projects for the “post-COVID” stage, thanks to their participation in the Mobilise SME programme, which gives them the opportunity to continue growing professionally.