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Small Company Agility with Big Company Scale

As part of Munster Technological University’s work on the SME Cluster Growth project they met with Gerry Reynolds, founder, owner and Managing Director of Takumi Precision Engineering. Kevin Fitzgibbon, the Science and Engineering faculty representative with MTUs’ Extended Campus, discovered the company’s origins, insights and challenges. Takumi Precision Engineering supply, and work on behalf of, …

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5G and other emerging technologies as a leverage of cooperation between SMEs and HEIs

Transformation skills are vital for all SMEs Handelberg says that embracing change has become a prerequisite for staying alive and running your business in the first place. “If you’re not growing and thus changing, someone else will take your place eventually. Nowadays, more transactions can happen in one yearly quarter than what previously happened in …

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SME Growth from the perspective of 12 French experts

Institut Mines-Télécom Business School as a partner on the SME Cluster Growth project, has conducted 12 interviews with experts to gain an indept undertanding on SMEs growth, challenges, opportunities, needs and success factors. The interviews with founders, COOs, directors and programme managers of incubators and accelerators, and heads of development programmes at engineering and business …

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SMEs as Regional Engines of Growth

Small to Medium-sized Enterprises (SMEs) growth is a hot topic with various policy-driven initiatives to support ‘scale-ups’ having been initiated globally. This is also the inspiration for the SME Cluster Growth project, an Erasmus+ project funded by the European Commission, which sought to investigate the regional-growth needs within the partner’s regions. The result of the …

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The seven SME Growth Dimensions

Learnings from the SME CG project investigative stage. Small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) are the backbone of the European economy and improving the competitiveness of SMEs has been a main objective of European cohesion, R&D, Industrial and ICT policies, among others. Despite globalization and increasingly international competition, SMEs in Europe remain a dominant employer contracting …

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University-Business Engagement through the lens of a large university

For a large university such as the University of Bologna (UNIBO), readiness means having the essential operational tools and the crucial human resources. There must be a structured interface that enables engagement between university and businesses, a legal framework and collaboration models that suit business needs. Moreover, human resources within the university itself, both professionals …

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Many Challenges Ahead for a Competitive Engineering Sector

Kevin Fitzgibbon, the Science and Engineering faculty representative with Munster Technological Universities’ (MTU) Extended Campus in Ireland, spoke with several experts from the Irish engineering SME sector to inform the SME Cluster Growth research project. MTU are working with eight European partners on this project aimed at empowering SMEs in the engineering sector to ensure …

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SME CG Launches Empower E-zine

We are excited to launch the first issue of our bi-annual EMPOWER magazine, dedicated to supporting SMEs in engineering to innovate and grow. As an ambitious collaboration of higher education institutions (HEIs), future skills and business growth professionals and university-industry relationship experts, our drive is to advance engineering SMEs’ capacities. We are focusing on cross-border engineering …

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SME Cluster Growth Magazine

Issue #2

Spring is here! The second issue of our bi-annual EMPOWER magazine focuses on summarising the main findings of the research phase of the project.

Throughout its pages, you will discover how engineering SMEs can be supported by looking at some inspiring initiatives developed in seven regions involved in the project.