SMEs and Networks
Friday, May 13th, 2016
Every organisation needs to be part of networks to thrive and grow. SMEs are no exception to this rule. They need to know about and collaborate with similar companies in their sectors, either to do business with them or work together on larger projects, like the launch of a new technology. For this reason , the European Union has often started initiatives and schemes to foster SMEs networks as a way to speed up economic growth and the creation of new jobs.
The most recent example is the web-tool to help small land medium size companies find technological service centres which specialise in the development of Key Enabling Technologies. These are a group of technologies identified by the European Commission as the enablers for innovation in a wide range of sectors, both emerging, like IT and digital technologies or more traditional, like automotive and transports. Examples of these technologies are micro and nanoelectronics, nanotechnology, industrial biotechnology, advanced materials, photonics, and advanced manufacturing technologies.
SMEs can profit hugely by working together on KETs but they need to know about this chance to take it. That is why the EU creates tools to spread awareness and make meetings and interactions easier.
Networks and collaboration can also be promoted through international exchanges of employees among SMEs, for example by joining the activities of MobiliseSME. If they find this idea particularly appealing, SMEs entrepreneurs and employees can let us know their thoughts on an Erasmus-like exchange program for SMEs’ staff at our ongoing survey.
We look forward to hear your opinion!