İzmir Abigem (EU Turkey Business Centre, Izmir) has been established in 2002 as a joint project of EU and TOBB (The Union of Chambers and Commodity Exchanges of Turkey). The project has been financed by EU until March 2006. Upon the completion of the project and the funding of the European Union, the activities are being carried out in the form of a Private Company with full sustainability. The main shareholders of the company are; TOBB (The Union of Chambers and Commodity Exchanges of Turkey), EBSO (Aegean Region Chamber of Industry), Izmir Chamber of Commerce, Aegean Exporters’ Associations and other chambers and business associations. İzmir Abigem offers creative and applicable solutions to managerial problems of enterprises and entrepreneurs in the forms of training and consultancy services to enhance their competition power and business volumes. The main areas of services include Export Development, Export Consortia and Internationalisation in general, Marketing Management, Design Management, Design Consultancy, Finance, Training, EU Funds and Cluster Development. Consultancy services have been delivered to 217 SMEs, above 8000 participations from 2063 SMEs to 322 training programmes have been realized. Izmir Abigem can provide training and consultancy services for entry into the Turkish market for foreign companies, joint participation in donor funded projects such as the EU, UNDP etc, and providing experts for the national and international projects of foreign organisations.

MAKRO is a management development and consulting company providing tailor-made consulting services to SMEs and large enterprises active in various sectors. The company founded in 1984 and today has a large network of clients and strategic partners in multinational scope. Range of services provided to SMEs; strategic management, internationalization and business planning. MAKRO has developed and implemented a unique entrepreneurship and business idea development methodology for individuals who wish to start their effective and sustainable businesses. By relying on its expertise in the these fields, the company has participated a number of EU funded vocational education projects (in Life Long Learning-LLP and Instrument for Pre-Accession Assistance-IPA in Turkey) in the recent years which mainly targeting; organisational capacity building and skill development of key staff in SMEs, mainly in the areas of export, successful intergenerational transfer of business, basic skill development via mobile learning methods.

Action Synergy S.A. is an ICT R&D, training and knowledge- based applications organization which is actively involved in the development of education technologies, training methodologies and the development of e-learning training courses. Action Synergy S.A. disposes a long experience in the management and coordination of European Projects since its foundation in 1987 and it is currently coordinating 12 LLP projects. It has considerable experience in working with Roma and other target groups in risk of exclusion. Action Synergy’s S.A. key areas of expertise include: - Development of learning methodologies, Development of educational technologies, Development of e-learning and distance learning courses and modules, dissemination and valorisation of European projects, learning needs analysis, development of professional profiles and lists of skills and competencies, development of synergies at local, national and transnational level.

Ε.A.S.K.I. is Hellenic Cooperative that was established by the amalgamation of the Union of Agricultural Cooperatives of Kefalonia & Ithaca , the Agro Cooperative of Skala Kefalonia, the Milk Cooperative of Pilaros Kefalonia, the Animal Breeders Cooperative of Dilinata Kefalonia, the Coop of Olive Oil Producers of Xavdata Kefalonia, the Agroindusrtial Olive oil Producers Cooperative of Ithaca. Currently it has more than 600 active members.  E.A.S.K.I. has invested in new technology and  submits the applications  for more than 3.000 growers  in order to receive their annual EC grants amounted to approx. 40 million euro for their plant, animal, and bee keeping actions.

It operates two olive press factories in the islands of Kefalonia & Ithaca and collects the olive oil produced under sunstable and organic agriculture. It holds the official code from the Ministry of Agriculture  for bottling certified olive oil and is currently involved in the modernisation of its olive oil bottling plant  so as to be able to expand its sales in the foreign markets.

In addition operates three shops in Argostoli Kefalonia : a) plant’s fertilisation, drugs  and olive collection accessories, b) animal drug store and c) traditional cooperative hellenic products, and together with two agronomists and a veterinary advises the Kefalonian and Ithacician growers on any matter regarding their cultivations.

It also provides information and advices on matters regarding  agro insurance matters.

SVI.MED. was born for supporting the processes of sustainable development of the territory, through the active collaboration with the Institutions and the Local and Regional bodies, in order to implement processes of development within the European Mediterranean space.

Area of expertise:

- Sustainable Development
- Economy and Environment
- Industrial ecology (relationship among productive activities, employees and environment)
- Protection and Valorisation of cultural heritage, natural and environmental resources
- Protection and Valorisation of the cultural goods
- Alternative energy
- Support to the enterprise’s internationalization
- Support to the cooperation and the development
- Training and Innovation

As for Training and Innovation Svimed has been leading several typologies of activities:

In 2012 and 2013, within the Agriponic project, Svimed organized 4 seminars on “ Innovation in the soil less cultures – the aeroponic”  in collaboration with institutional and private actors.

In 2011, within the “Agro environmed” project and with the Sicilian Scientific and Technological Park (PSTS), “Techno environmental platform for the agro-food sector in the mediterranean”, Svimed has been carrying out  the activity of support to companies in the wine sector and for the analysis of best practices and productive technologies with a low environmental impact.

Besides, with the Sicilian Scientific and Technological Park (PSTS), Svimed has carried out activities of sensibilization and promotion for the enhancement of grapes obtained from green harvest for industrial applications.

In 2010, Svimed organised services and support for the project related to “Training in favor of Public Administration staff in the field of environmental protection and sustainability” , that has been completed in 2012 with  the training and support to  Public Administration staff  in the process of adhesion of Local Agenda 21.

Eurosuccess Consulting, through a dynamic team of young scientists provides a comprehensive package of services addressing the needs of modern Cyprus enterprises especially on matters like innovation and technology. EUROSUCCESS identified, from the initial steps of its operations, the need for creating links between the Cyprus economy and the wider European market and put great emphasis on the exploitation of the potentials created by the accession of Cyprus in the European Union.

Today EUROSUCCESS offers a variety of services to the Public, as well as the Private sector of Cyprus. It has also started to actively participate in international schemes, through a well-established network of partners abroad, based on the intense past experience of its founder.

EUROSUCCESS aims to a constant improvement of its offered services, as well the development of its team which will give the opportunity to enhance its scientific sector of expertise.

Eurosuccess is currently involved into 16 Lifelong Learning & ERASMUS + Programmes - one of it as coordinator, as well as is one of the assessors for the Cypriot NA and the Norwegian Funds, targeted to NGOs.

In addition, Eurosuccess Consulting is a member of the: International Trade Council, European Prison Education Association (EPEA), European Policy Network on Key Competences in School Education (KeyCoNet Network), Cyprus Chamber of Commerce and Industry (CCCI), Cyprus Employers and Industrialists Federation (OEB) and Nicosia Chamber of Commerce and Industry (NCCI).

The philosophy of Eurosuccess Consulting is embraced within the following four principles: Execute, Review, Improve, Redesign. Through this approach, Eurosuccess is aiming towards continuous improvement of its counselling and development activities. For this purpose, the organization is certified with the Quality system of ISO 9001:2008, which inspects and reviews the system at regular basis.

This project is co-funded by the European Commission. This publication reflects the views of the author only and the Commission cannot be held responsible for any use of the information contained therein.

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