|November 2012: P4C final conference|
Sophia Antipolis, 23.11.2012: After successfully completed 20 months of research and analysis of the services offered to European SMEs through clusters, the project “POOLING4CLUSTERS - Best shared services for regional cluster initiative needs”, presented its final recommendations during a special section of the “8th Competitiveness Clusters Forum” taking place in Sophia Antipolis, (France) on November 23rd, 2012. The POOLING4CLUSTERS project is an INTERREG IVC programme financed through the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) of the European Commission.The project was designed to assess the value added services provided by DAs (Development Agencies) to CIs (Cluster Initiatives), in the RoPs (Region of Partners), as part of the DAs support to SMEs to become more efficient and contribution more significantly to the success of regional development objectives.
Focusing on the transferability potential of the value added services, project partners performed analyses and field tests with the scope to produce recommendation plans, which were presented during the Conference. The Recommendation Plans, comprising of seven regional and once global recommendation, aim at becoming a tool for policy makers towards further improving cluster support regional policies and provision of services and ultimately act as an interregional platform of services provided by DAs (Developmental Agencies) to Cls (Cluster Initiatives).
The overall objective of the project was to upgrade the innovation capacity of existing enterprises in the partner regions through the improvement of the effectiveness of cluster support polices. Especially, through identification and analysis of good practices in the partner regions, the objective of the project was to assist regional authorities in finding the best ways to improve their support framework to cluster and competitiveness poles by taking into account the added value of already existing development agencies in terms of services. Such an approach will help the regions to repartition of means between organizations but also to help regional cluster and competitiveness poles to better perform in terms of creation of collective added-value in firms but also in terms of sustainability of clusters and competitiveness poles.
The project’s objective allowed for the identification of 15 good practices, based on which the emergence of the following five global recommendations, which were analyzed during the conference:
View the video presenting the project's scope
Read the Global Recommendation Plan booklet
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