Start date: Jan 31, 2003,
End date: Feb 28, 2004
– We are delighted at the contact forums and make quite a bit of money on all the business deals that are results of the fairs. Agneta Riddar in Ljungskile runs the production company Mycket Mera Media AB and is one of the many entrepreneurs that have benefited greatly from the Gränskommitténs contact forums.– All the meetings with entrepreneurs, local and other authorities and project teams have given us many ideas for stories and even TV production contracts. In addition, the forums have resulted in several direct deals both with Norwegian and Swedish customers. I am simply very content, says Agneta. The first Swedish – Norwegian contact forum for the business sector was organised in 1999 in Sarpsborg and was instantly a great success. In total five Swedish – Norwegian contact forums have been staged and expanded to include also the Oslo and Gothenburg regions. The sixth forum will be organised in the spring of 2006 in Sarpsborg, and today the forums are self-supporting without project aid from Interreg.– The idea behind the contact forums is to provide a opportunity for Swedish and Norwegian companies to exchange experiences, establish new relationships and gain inspiration. Altogether some 700 companies have participated in the forums resulting in many new deals and networks. Half of the meetings lead to business, say the pleased organisers Yvonne Samuelsson and Anne Charlotte Moe from Fredrikstad. The success of the forums has inspired Gränskommittén to proceed with new contact- bringing forums.Within the project Grenseland 2005 two Swedish-Norwegian contact forums were organised, particularly aimed at organisers, projects and associations. Furthermore a Swedish/Norwegian/Baltic contact forum has also proven successful and resulted in deals between the participating companies.
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