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«I recommend MobiliseSME to any company that wants to expand its market and improve its knowledge»

Gonzalo Palenzuela is a self-employed specialist in reparation and restoration of pianos and owner of Silentium Piano, who recently participated in the MobiliseSME programme as Sending Company. Gonzalo came to learn and exchange his experience to a Belgium based company for 3 months. He describes his participation in MobiliseSME as very enriching – thanks to it, as he says, he was able to reach many new potential partners and acquire skills related to his profession. How did the collaboration with the Host Company go? And why would he recommend the programme to other SMEs as well? Find out the answers

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MobiliseSME, robotics, 3D design and communication: the ingredients of a successful partnership.

Mar Sánchez (Marax) has joined the MobiliseSME programme as a Sending Company, working together for 6 months with the Berlin-based Host Company MotorSkins. Discover the highlights of this collaboration below. Who are our protagonists? Mar Sánchez is a Spanish entrepreneur and founder of Marax, a technology-based startup of 3D design, strategy and marketing, specialised in content and digital transformation which accompanies companies in digitization throughout its value chain. Juan Opitz-Silva is co-founder of MotorSkins, an interdisciplinary company specialised in textiles with embedded fluidics for human-machine interaction. While Marax deals with business communication, specializing in robotics and technology, MotorSkins develops soft-robotics

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«MobiliseSME has been a fantastic experience for my company and for me» – Interviewing Mondeguitta Produçoes and Yepso!

Mariana Figueira da Silva is the CEO of Mondeguitta Produçoes, a Portuguese company that provides audio-visual communication services, and Iván Carnota is the technical director of the Spanish training company Yepso! Together these companies decided to participate in MobiliseSME from July to October 2021. How did their collaboration go? And what did they get from this experience? They told us in the following interview: – Tell us a bit about your Company and your professional path. Why did you decide to participate in MobiliseSME?  I am Mariana Figueira da Silva, CEO at Mondeguitta Produçoes, a company that provides audio-visual communication

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Success of MobiliseSME: Collaboration of graphic studio and publishing house brought a book series

Marc Armand, graphic designer from Parisian studio Tu Sais Qui, and César Rodríguez from Spanish publishing house Fulgencio Pimentel, collaborated for one month (October – November 2020) under the MobiliseSME programme. Their collaboration was such a success that they decided to repeat it also in 2021 and switch the roles of Host and Sending Company. What did the programme bring to them and what did they achieve? They told us in the following interview: – Tell us a bit about your Company and your professional path. Why did you decide to participate in MobiliseSME? I am Marc Armand from Tu

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MobiliseSME brings EU funding to agribusiness

In the framework of the MobiliseSME programme, Paolo Sospiro (EUAbout) and Mauro Picardo (Melograno Vita) decided to join forces to participate in EU calls for projects and tenders. Who are our protagonists and what are their objectives? Paolo Sospiro is the director of EUAbout, a Belgian organisation that supports SMEs in the search for projects and tenders at European level. In March 2021, Paolo registered his association in MobiliseSME, since he was looking forward to sharing his experience and expertise in European tenders and projects with other SMEs, as well as to expanding his network of contacts in the agribusiness sector

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How can the IT and logistics sectors create synergies through MobiliseSME?

Vladimir Rajičić from Belgrade (Serbia) and Jordi Arribas del Peral have decided to start their collaboration through the MobiliseSME programme for 6 months in Barcelona (Spain). Today we share with you a short story about their collaboration and reveal how they are progressing so far! Who are the protagonists? Vladimir Rajičić is the director of PR Home Expert, a microenterprise founded in 2019. He is a passionate web developer, web designer and webmaster specialised in WordPress and Joomla Content Management Systems, who joined MobiliseSME as a Sending Company.  Jordi Arribas del Peral is the director of Leadmee, a platform founded

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Cross-Border cooperation between SMEs from Romania and Ireland

We bring you another interesting story from the MobiliseSME programme that aims to help develop the skills and capacities of the staff of SMEs, by supporting short-term cross-border secondments. Who are the protagonists of this successful story? Alexandru Ovidiu is the founder of SC ALEXIM A&M SRL (Sending Company) based in Suceava (Romania). Established in 2016, SC ALEXIM A&M SRL is an expedition company specialized in the organization of freight transport, with an extensive network of associates that also has an online store for selling children’s products. Bryan Salgado Churata is the Secretary in Relentless Enterprise Limited (Host Company), a

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How can microenterprises benefit from participating in MobiliseSME?

MobiliseSME is the first mobility programme specifically designed for SME staff whose main purpose is to encourage the internationalization of SMEs (including microenterprises) in the EU and improve their competitiveness. Elena Zala and Philip Rossen have decided to start their collaboration through MobiliseSME for 6 months in Kolding (Denmark). Who are the protagonists of this successful story? Elena Zala is the founder of Zala Elena PFA, a Romanian microenterprise founded in 2018. Elena is a constant learner, connector, and facilitator of influential projects, with immense experience in copywriting, SEO, email marketing, social media management, market research, and PR. She is a

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«MobiliseSME has turned a great opportunity to improve services and enlarge personal relationships with other CEOs»

Do you remember the very first MobiliseSME secondment? To refresh your memory, you can read one of our previous posts about the first joint collaboration between SMEs in the framework of the MobiliseSME programme.  This time we want to share with you the interview we had with Claudio Cristofori, owner of Jabalito & Karma, an SME based in Bolonia (Italy) regarding his participation in MobiliseSME from October 2020 to January 2021, period during which he has been collaborating as a Host Company with Marta Templado, owner of Turiart (València, Spain): – Tell us a bit about your company and your

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Get inspired: Two SMEs in rural tourism share their experience about their participation in MobiliseSME

Recently, we had the opportunity to interview two SMEs dedicated to rural tourism, which are taking part in MobiliseSME: Salvatore Greco, from Sikanamente, and Yoselin Chicasaca, from AIE International Business. Previously, we already told you in one of our posts about how these two SMEs are collaborating throughout their participation in the MobiliseSME programme. Read on and find out all the details about their collaboration: Yoselin, can you tell us a bit about your SME and your professional path? Why did you decide to participate in MobiliseSME? How did you find out about the programme? I studied international trade and

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Fractioned stays: how MobiliseSME adapts to your needs

Last June, we introduced you to the collaboration between Gonzalo Palenzuela, Spanish freelancer and owner of Silentium Piano, and an SME from Belgium specialised in importing pianos. Both companies expected 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. And what has happened to this collaboration? Well, they have taken advantage of a remarkable feature of the MobiliseSME programme: the fractioned stays. Fragmented secondments The fractioned

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New SME collaboration in Energy Management through MobiliseSME

Discover the story of these two European SMEs that are collaborating in the energy management sector through MobiliseSME. Who are the protagonists of this successful story? Luka Gabrić, owner of the Croatian micro company Domino Ltd., decided to participate in MobiliseSME programme as Sending Company to collaborate for 6 months with the Host Company FTN IDEEA Ltd., represented by Filip Kulić. What does it mean for them to participate in MobiliseSME? The main idea of this collaboration is to improve practical knowledge in the field of energy management. Luka is the owner of Domino Ltd., specialized in energy management, so for him this secondment

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Are you ready for hybrid work?

Do you feel that you and the SME you work for or manage are prepared to work in a hybrid way? Have the changes brought about by the pandemic in your work environment altered the way you work? Do you feel that you have adapted optimally to these changes? Would you like to continue teleworking several days a week? Or are you more of a daily office worker? Whatever your answer, EURES has published an article on how companies and their employees can adapt to this new hybrid work model, which -it seems- is here to stay. According to a

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Interviewing Turiart – Spanish SME in the tourism sector

Here we bring you the interview that we conducted with Marta Templado, owner of Turiart – an SME based in Valencia (Spain), regarding her collaboration, from March to May 2021, with Claudio Cristofori, owner of Jabalito & Karma (Bolonia, Italy): – Tell us a bit about your company (services, sector, and projects) and your professional path. I am the owner of Turiart, which is a travel agency and a small private company based in València, that offers cultural, family and agricultural tourism services in the Valencian Community for more than 20 years. – Why did you decide to participate in MobiliseSME?

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Supporting SMEs in the transition to online training with MobiliseSME

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

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MobiliseSME supporting the exchange of ideas in rural tourism

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

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Boosting audiovisuals, sustainability and tourism with MobiliseSME

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.  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

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New collaboration in MobiliseSME: restoring pianos from Spain to Belgium

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),

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EU Digital COVID Certificate: safer movements in the EU

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

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SMEs in the wine sector partnering thanks to MobiliseSME

Beata Vlnková & Rudi Verhoest are the owners of two companies in the wine business sector, who started collaborating through the MobiliseSME programme at the end of March 2021. Beata has travelled from Slovakia to Belgium to partner up with Rudi during 6 months. They have joined forces to develop their projects, each bringing their own expertise to the table. Although it is not easy during the current situation, their collaboration is bringing out the best in both.   Who are our protagonists and What are their objectives? Beata is the President of the Association of Sommeliers of the Slovak Republic and

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Working hand in hand with the cybersecurity industry

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

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A successful collaboration in times of coronavirus II

We continue sharing with you some of the interesting activities that the first participants in MobiliseSME programme, Marta Templado (Turiart) & Claudio Cristofori (Jabalito & Karma Viaggi), have carried out over the last few months.   Activity highlights A1- Meeting with the Deputy Mayor of the City of Bologna and delivering the MobiliseSME programme brochure to the City Council. The City of Bologna is very interested in the programme and has asked for a proposal to be approved before the end of the year. In the same way, Valencia’s City Council is also interested in collaborating. It should be noted

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MobiliseSME programme: did you miss the webinar?

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

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Press Release: MobiliseSME – New EU Mobility Programme for SMEs

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

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MobiliseSME Programme Launch Event

SAVE THE DATE! 10th March 2021 Webinar on “Boost your business in the EU: internationalization and capacity building for SMEs”. 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

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A successful collaboration in times of coronavirus I

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.  

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COVID rules and restrictions – MobiliseSME

Due to the exceptional circumstances caused by COVID-19, the MobiliseSME programme has decided to provide as much information as possible to secure all secondments and mobilities. In that regard, Mobilise SME will not define any new travel restrictions in addition to those that already exist at national level. Participants need to follow national advice and consult the website of their respective national ministries (Ministry of Health and/or Ministry of Foreign Affairs…), for up-to-date travel restrictions. In addition, participants need to make sure they have a valid medical insurance, whatever their destination, in accordance to the programme rules. For more information

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Kick off meeting of MobiliseSME

Last 5th of October, the 12 partners of the new Mobility Exchange programme for SME staff (MobiliseSME) held an online meeting due to the current COVID circumstances. This is the first time the whole consortium meets in order to agree on the first steps of the new second pilot project launched by the European Programme of Employment and Social Innovation (EaSI). Some of the first discussions covered topics such as the main rules: who can participate, under which circumstances and the working documents that the main target group (Small and medium-sized enterprises, SMEs) should work on, etc. In that regard, one

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MobiliseSME approved

MobiliseSME, a new cross-border business mobility scheme has been approved and will work for the following two years under the European Programme for Employment and Social Innovation (EASI). ABOUT THE PROGRAMME MobiliseSME is the second pilot project that will be implemented and will test intra mobility of employees and workers within the European Union over two years (2020-2022). The main objective is to support short-term cross-border secondments (from 1 to 6 months) for employees, managers, and/or (co-)owners, in particular from Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs). Within these secondments, employees from SMEs will have the opportunity to develop skills and capacities