About the BASIS Project Central Baltic Interreg IV A Programme´s funded BASIS programme (Building up Availability of SME Internationalisation Services) started on the 1st of January 2011. The operational environment for small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs) evolves and becomes increasingly international at a quick pace. It is a well-known fact that strengthening the competitiveness of an enterprise usually requires internationalisation. It is the duty of public business services to support SMEs in internationalisation. However, regional development or business service centres that reach vast amounts of companies are not sufficiently prepared to offer internationalisation services and the public actors lack the required resources for enterprise-specific counselling. The main objective of BASIS is to find ways for public business services to facilitate and support the internationalisation of SMEs. Expanding business activities to international markets is challenging for enterprises, and it is especially demanding for SMEs. Another equally important objective of the project is to increase the local availability of public business services to SMEs. In addition, it is important for the business advisors to have the ability to identify enterprises with internationalisation potential. Therefore, training business advisors during the project is an objective of crucial importance. To reach its targets, the project has taken a slightly different approach from the usual. It will strengthen the business advisors’ internationalisation know-how and their ability to identify potential products’ and services’ international markets; develop organisational and regional operational models in a way that local actors are able to provide high-quality internationalisation services; identify enterprises interested in internationalisation, get them networking with each other; and identify new ways of activating SME internationalisation. There are 14 partners from Estonia, Latvia, Sweden and Finland in the programme. There are universities and regional development centres involved from each country. Turku university´s Brahea Centre for Training and Development serves as a lead partner for coordinating the programme. The project will last for the end of 2013.
Published on Nov 4, 2013