SME CG Launches Empower E-zine

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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 business cluster development to enable synergies across regions, reach international markets, adopt new technologies and support mutual learning.

Our first issue encourages you to explore the concept, highlighting the motivation and the vision of our project as well as the key activities the consortium will undertake over the next 3 years. We look at Cluster Growth Councils and their creation and how each will develop a collaboration network and culture for joint innovation across six partner regions with some insights of what has already started to happen in France.

To bring some real-life examples into our project, we present two SME engineering case studies. First up is Lucía Abad, Sales Manager at IDIP (part of the Ingeniería y Diseño Europeo S.A (IDESA group) and  we also relay the growth story of Geico Taikisha, an auto body paint shop which transitioned from being a SME to a global company.

We meet a selection of our project partners including Lead Project Partner, University of Malaga (Spain), business professionals Crazy Town (Finland) and the Institut Mines-Télécom, one of France’s major educational and research establishments. These profiles give you a good insight into the scale of our project and the work we are undertaking.

What are you waiting for? Make some time to read about our work today.

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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.