ICTs for SMEs: Regional Strategies and Solutions t.. (ICTs for SMEs)
ICTs for SMEs: Regional Strategies and Solutions to Enhance ICT-Access and Use for SMEs
(ICTs for SMEs)
Start date: Feb 27, 2003,
End date: Dec 30, 2006
Main aim of the ICTs for SMEs project was the strengthening of the region by spatial and structural changes in order to form a balanced region. The tools to reach this aim were Information and Communication Technologies (ICT). The project worked towards enhancing the implementation and usage of ICT in SMEs. In particular the formation of a SME support structure was an important aim of the project. Achievements: The project has achieved a high practical value. It has carried out hands-on activities that are demand oriented and has triggered tangible results by building the basis for infrastructure development (e.g. in Osterholz) and continuing activities in follow-on projects (e.g. in Scotland in the field of education for SME decision makers and ICT advisers) or deepening partnerships on common identified topics (e.g. between Norway and Belgium). A key activity carried out by the project was a survey which identified the regional technical status quo and the already existing Knowledge and skills of SMEs including 100 SMEs per region.One of the main achievements was that most partner regions built up a sustainable ICT support structure for SMEs in the form of a sustainable, vertically integrated, sector-spanning network between SMEs, local authorities, providers of education and transnational partners. Thus SMEs were enabled to innovate and the use of ICT in general has significantly increased. In Osterholz, Germany the NETZ-Centre for innovative technologies will maintain the regional Support Centre and thus sustain the project outputs.
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