Project Experience

Regional Development Agency with Business Support Centre for Small and Medium-sized Enterprises- Plovdiv was established with the financial support of programme EURADA/PHARE.

RDA with BSC for SMEs works for preparation, implementation, managing / coordination, monitoring and valorisation of national and international projects applied for programmes and grant donors as follows: INTERREG III B CADSES; South East Europe (Transnational Cooperation Programme); PROGRESS Programme; PHARE; Life Long Learning Programme (Leonardo Da Vinci; Grundtvig), World Bank (AUPT Programme), Structural Funds, Operational Programmes – National and European; Canadian and Belgium donors and etc. in the field of regional development, competitiveness, marketing, small and medium-sized enterprises, human resource development and labour market, new technologies and innovations, agricultural and agro food sectors, migration, incubation – virtual and real, training and mentoring of disable people and employers, student’s placements and etc. with partnerships from Europe, Africa and North America.

EMBRACE II - Embracing Socioeconomic Development in Disadvantageous Areas through Information & Knowledge Society

EMBRACE II project aims to support the development of SMEs located in less-favored regions (rural, mountainous, underdeveloped urban) and to increase their competitiveness and international cooperation through the information society and society of knowledge.

MIGRA VALUE - Steering Economic and Social Cohesion in the CADSES Space: Valuing Migration as a Development Tool

The project MIGRA VALUE analyzed and proposed forms to support the return of migrants from the current host countries in their countries of origin in order to optimize exploitation of the development potential of migrants transferred finances and balancing the social consequences of prediction population; Exploitation the development potential of the transferred finances of immigrants; Balancing the social consequences of the anticipation of the population. The results of the double study served as a basis for determining:

GREENINFRANET GREEN INFRASTRUCTURE NETWORK

The Green Infrastructure Network is a partnership of 12 regions from across Europe. The partners areworking together to promote the development and implementation of green infrastructure by exchanging experience and expertise, and by identifying, analysing and transferring good practice related to green infrastructure policies. The project’s main objective is to strengthen the development and implementation of green infrastructure in EU regions. This objective will be achieved by exchanging and disseminating expertise, experience and best practices among the partners, in relation both to green infrastructure in general and to its development and implementation in four specific fields: urban areas; natural areas; rural land use; and climate change adaptation. Green infrastructure brings biodiversity conservation into harmonywith other forms of land use by strengthening the coherence of ecosystems, at the same time contributing to climate changemitigation and adaptation and reducing vulnerability to natural disasters. Green infrastructure places biodiversity conservationwithin a broader policy framework,where its objectives can be achieved in the context of other land-use objectives, such as those related to agriculture, forestry, recreation and climate change.

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ISEDE-NET - Innovative Social Enterprise Development Networkk

Social enterprises (SE) are businesses set up to tackle social or environmental needs: increasing their presence means providing SEES with the opportunity for a prosperous, fair, inclusive and environmentally sustainable future. The challenge is the overcoming of a number of problems summarized in the uncertainty of the legal framework in which SE operate, reduced capacity of access to public/private financial sources, lack of dedicated business support services and particularly the restriction to local markets

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The restructuring toolbox - Capitalising on past and present innovations to anticipate restructuring processes

This toolkit is aimed at restructuring, i.e. situations in which routine changes are not directly or indirectly imposed on the companies and jobs of individuals, which usually involves job losses or the risk of job losses. This is a compilation of many experiences, covering the entire process of anticipation of permanent actions implemented long before any redundancy announced the final evaluation of the consequences. This manual for users presents a method of how to learn from others' experience and innovative tools activities. The toolbox itself describes more than 60 such instruments, settings and institutional arrangements which have already been implemented in countries, regions, local labor markets or companies.

2012-1-IT1-LEO04-02940 3 Integrating the green alternative into VET training for the service sector

The project aimed to provide a list of the skills required of teachers and trainers in VET in order to assist them in achieving the awareness and involvement of the founding principles of ESD in the proposed trainings. In order to build a resource-efficient and competitive economy, and to strengthen the competitive advantage of businesses, especially SMEs, the workforce needs to improve its green skills. Vocational education and training can be the quickest way for people in need of retraining and additional training to acquire the skills needed on the labor market and reintegration into the labor market.

2011-TR1-LEO04-245363 Professional Orientation of People with Disability

The project is linked with the increase institutional capacity of public and private organizations and NGOs dealing with vocational guidance and strengthening the activities and competencies of experts working in them. The professional guidance and orientation for people with disabilities is aimed at students with disabilities, people with disabilities outside formal education (adults), as well as people with disabilities - unemployed graduates needing education and vocational training.

011-1-BG1-LEO01-04781 "Green Technology in Construction - Part of the Contemporary Initial Vocational Training"

Within the project RDA realized mobilities of 15 students from Vocational School - PGST "Penyo Penev" - Plovdiv - Students of the 11/12 class specialties: "Construction and Architecture", "Water and networks", "Dry construction", "Internal lining and flooring", "Air-conditioning and ventilation equipment," "Electrical Installations" and others.

2010-1-HU1-LEO04-000603 CHALLENGE: Checklist for Harmonizing LLL and HR Strategies

The main objective of the project CHALLENGE was to make closer relationship between lifelong learning, the needs of the labour market and strategies for the development of human potential in companies. The project aimed to help businesses to be able to implement policies on lifelong learning in the most effective way locally to meet the latest challenges of unemployment. All project partners are associated with lifelong learning and with the labour market and they are both the old and the new Member States (Belgium, Bulgaria, Germany, Spain and Hungary.

2010-1-ES-LEO05-21210 iFores: "Innovation in Forest Companies: Training Tool for Implementing Innovation Process in Forest Companies"

Determination of the most important needs of the target group of the project – entrepreneurs working in the forestry sector, the second work package was aimed at exploring the existing characteristics of innovation management in forestry, using issues most with management

BG/01/B/F/PP 132126 Equal Employment Opportunities: Mentoring and Training of Disabled People and Employers

Training of young people with disabilities - students or recently graduated, providing of mentoring process in small and medium enterprises and training of employers.

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BG/01/B/F/PP 166034 Virtual Incubator for prequalification into resource tutor for disabled people

The specific objectives of the project: Profile of a new position with qualification of resource tutor; Curriculum with training modules for psychological adaptation, vocational training, alternative forms of communication (Braille, sign language), Internet/computer/training, business English, professional training modules for resource tutors; Training materials and manuals for teachers of people with disabilities; Start a virtual incubator for training, testing, evaluation and certification of resource tutors; Establish a European certificate for the new office with a resource tutor qualification valid in participating countries (Bulgaria, Greece and the UK).

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NL 06-F-P-PP 157 633 Studentstarter: From student to entrepreneur by transformation mini companies into real business

Training modules were developed and used for training the target group of the project, unemployed, etc., As follows: Operating Company, Business Planning Fundamentals of Marketing, Financing of small and medium-sized enterprises, Investment in agriculture and rural economy, Taxes, Thematic plan for health and safety at work, Public relations and Arbitration Court. It was developed also an informative material about the types of companies in the countries - partners in English.

BG/01/B/F/PP 132 055 Training E-business in tourism

Study of the training needs and the current state of tourism SMEs. Developing training modules for e-business (introduction, readiness for online tourism, web marketing, banner advertising, interactive communication, security of e-business, how to buy, how to sell, how to make reservations, basic vocabulary, Manager of e-business in tourism), personnel training for SMEs.

BG/04/A/Pl 166 203 Foreign Practice of Students in Tourism – Prospective Small Entrepreneurs

This project was designed for students seeking a professional career in tourism. They were sent to practice in small and medium enterprises in the wine sector in Italy. Users ,assed cultural and linguistic and pedagogical training; The practice programme was developed by experts and professors from the University of Food Technologies - Plovdiv and Plovdiv University - Smolyan Branch and coordinated with representatives of the host SMEs of winemaking sector and the Italian partner

I/04/B/F/PP 154120 TAS for AGRIFORM – Traceability as a Strategy for Agricultural Formation

Training of agricultural producers: Development of innovative approaches that are beyond the scope of existing mainstream learning methodologies and specifically meet the needs of the target; Drawing up of a training model focused on the peculiar characteristics of agricultural business men and women and taking into account their social status, working conditions, skills in production techniques, quality, and marketing and general business management; Agricultural Entrepreneurs skills improvement; Identifying the teaching guidelines to be applied during the testing phase; Testing with a focus group of Agricultural Entrepreneurs in Italy, Spain, Poland and Bulgaria

BG/05/A/PL 166 155 Adaptation of Successful Practice in the Field of Biological Wine Production

This project was designed for students seeking a professional career in the field of organic wine production. They were sent to practice in small and medium enterprises in the wine sector in Italiy. The users passed cultural and linguistic and pedagogical training; The practice program was developed by experts and professors from the University of Food Technologies - Plovdiv and coordinated with the representatives of the host SMEs of winemaking sector and the Italian partner.

UK 06-B-LA 162 538 HARVEST “Holistic Approach to Regional Vocational Sector-based Training”

The HARVEST project aims to provide a platform for both providers of professional language services and strategic funding partners in the East of England (East of England Development Agency), Hungary, Poland (Malopolska RDA) and Bulgaria (BARDA) to identify specific skills gaps and plan appropriate training programmes to address these needs.

2009-1-AT-GRU06-01521 CULT - Best Practices in Intercultural Trainings

Intercultural training can help people in cultural intercultural understanding, and to assist in bridging cultural gaps and misunderstandings. Within the European dimension intercultural training as part of adult education and lifelong learning aim to encourage people to start and develop intercultural relations as well as with their neighbors and with representatives of other countries. The term "multicultural" is generally used to describe comparative data and studies in a number of cultures or studies that try to identify dimensions that are not specifically cultural - Description of cultural dimensions applicable to all cultures and Description of interactive data members of different cultures.

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03/BGR01-S2G01-00047-1 Entrepreneurship Incubator as a Forum for Adult Unemployment Fighting

04/BGR01-S2G01-00026-2 Entrepreneurship Incubator as a Forum for Adult Unemployment Fighting

Gathering information on the various forms of economic support offered by incubators; Exchange of methods and techniques applied by incubators in the European Union and candidate countries; improving the services offered by the institution quality support; development of entrepreneurial attitudes among adults to the target group of this project.

BG 0102.02 “Consultancy Services for SMEs and technological grant scheme”

Provided consulting services for small and medium enterprises in the district of Plovdiv, Sliven, Stara Zagora and Gabrovo on management, marketing, business planning, technical advice, etc.

Project “Regional Development Agencies (RDAs) as a tool for enhancing Small and Medium Enterprises Development (SME) within the enlarged internal market"

BG 9908.02 “Capacity Building for the Accelerated Growth of the SME Sector in Bulgaria”

Provision of training and consultancy services for small and medium enterprises in the region of Plovdiv

Project No 611034080702 "Virtual Business Incubator for Unemployed People and Young Entrepreneurs from Saedinenie and Kaloyanovo Municipalities"

The project aimed to support unemployed people and the development of SMEs located in less-favored regions (rural, mountainous, underdeveloped urban) and increase their competitiveness and international cooperation through the information society and the knowledge society; Under the project were trained 47 unemployed people from municipalities and 3 micro / small businesses and also provided various services.

Project No 617015080517 "Planning of the local economic development of Municipality Saedinenie"

Planning of the local economic development - Analysis of the current situation, capacity building for sustainable economic development, terms of reference for preparation of the Master Plan for the Municipality of Saedinenie and the development of a communication strategy, advertising materials; General structural analysis, sector analysis, analysis of the opportunities for investment in sectors of economic development, possibilities for changes on the labor market and the creation of new jobs by including measures of groups and others; Provided consultations and trained representatives - local authority, business and nonprofit organizations for planning local economic development.

Project No 915015080058 “Planning of the local economic development of Municipality Topolovgrad”

Planning of the local economic development - Analysis of the current situation, capacity building for sustainable economic development, terms of reference for preparation of the Master Plan for the Municipality of Topolovgrad and the development of a communication strategy, advertising materials; General structural analysis, sector analysis, analysis of the opportunities for investment in sectors of economic development, possibilities for changes on the labor market and the creation of new jobs by including measures of groups and others; Provided consultations and trained representatives - local authority, business and nonprofit organizations for planning local economic development.

Project No 617015080501 “ Planning of the local economic development of Municipality Krichim” - as experts

PROJECT “CREATION OF A SUPPORT NETWORK FOR LOCAL AND ITALIAN SMES IN MACEDONIA, BOSNIA-HERZEGOVINA AND BULGARIA”, FINANCED BY THE ITALIAN GOVERNMENT LAW NO. 84/01.

Project B.O.S.S. – Business Opportunities and Services to Small and Micro companies

Consultancy services for small and medium enterprises, 3 partnership events at international fairs in Italy and Greece, information services, cooperation between small and medium enterprises from partner countries, etc.

Project Bo.R.D.E.R – Development of Border regions and economic support” – Doing Business Without Borders”

Consultancy services for small and medium enterprises, organization of partnership events at international fairs in Italy and Greece; information services; Cooperation between small and medium-sized enterprises of the countries - partners, etc

PROJECT “INTEGRA” - “TRAINING OF THE CADRES OF THE SERVICE CENTRES FOR THE DEVELOPMENT OF SMES IN THE MEDITERRANEAN BASIN, IN THE MIDDLE AND THE NEAR EAST COUNTRIES AND IN THE BALKAN AREA”

Integra is a network of Service Centres for the development of SMEs in 22 countries (Mediterranean, Middle East and Balkan Area). Mondimpresa’s project is promoted by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs – DG for Cooperation and Development.

Main objectives: to favour the development of relationships among the territories involved and develop projects of cooperation among enterprises; to promote and deepen the knowledge of the Italian entrepreneurial structure – particularly of SMEs – in all its aspects (industrial clusters, productive chains); to enhance relationships of cooperation among SMEs.

Canada- Bulgaria project on “Exporting Marketing”

Training and consultancy services for small and medium-sized enterprises in the field of export and trade in the food industry; training on systems for quality management - ISO 9000, HACCP, GMP; information on export opportunities in Germany and Canada, etc.