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Small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) in Ukraine now have access to a range of loans in Hryvna, offered by local banks under the EU4Business initiative, in partnership with European Financial Institutions. The new loan opportunities, which have become available following a series of agreements signed with local banks in the past few weeks, are all part of the second phase of the EU4Business...
A first public-private working group meeting on supporting the implementation and monitoring of Azerbaijan's SME Roadmap will take place on 7 December in Baku, as part of the project ‘EU4Business: From Policies to Action’, implemented by the OECD across the Eastern Partnership and funded by the EU in the framework of the EU4Business initiative. A specific component on ‘supporting the...
The EU4Business project for ‘Support to SME development in Armenia’ (SMEDA), in cooperation with the Tom Fleming Creative Consultancy and Goldsmiths University of London, is organizing a three-day training for Armenian startups and a one-day training for marketing companies, taking place on 5-8 December. The training will cover the start-up journey that businesses need to go on to successfully...
The European Investment Bank (EIB) and the European Investment Fund (EIF) – jointly the EIB Group – on 29 November signed guarantee agreements with TBC Bank in Georgia to support the equivalent of over €90 million of lending to Georgian small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs), in the framework of the EU4Business initiative. The EIB also signed its first microfinance investment in the country,...
The 5th Eastern Partnership Summit took place in Brussels on 24 November, marking the achievements of the last two years in the EU's relationships with its six Eastern partners, while looking forward to implementing 20 deliverables by 2020 that will bring tangible benefits to citizens, including significant pledges in the area of business support. The Summit brought together Heads of State or...
A number of EU4Business events and trainings, funded by the EU, will be taking place in towns and cities across Ukraine in December, targeted at small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs). They include a number of business forums and conferences around issues ranging from tourism to green economy. Check out the events near you and make sure you register for participation. There are also several...
The conference hosted by the Business Support Centre in Kyiv
A number of SME managers took part in a recent EU4Business conference in Kyiv, where they considered the development of their company and ways to take their business to a new level. The open event took place on November 22, at the Kyiv Business Support Centre, with EBRD support under the EU4Business initiative. Leading experts in strategic management, marketing and public relations, as well as...
Deputy Prime Minister Octavian Calmac addressing the event
An SME conference was recently held in Chisinau, bringing together some 350 entrepreneurs and representatives of national and local authorities and business support organisations. This year, the 10th International Conference of SMEs was titled ‘Intelligent Specialisation, the Engine of Economic Growth of the Regions of the Republic of Moldova’. The objectives of the conference included presenting...
Participants in the keys to financial management training
A training was recently held in Sumy for women in business, entitled ‘Keys to Financial Management’, organised by the Business Support Centre of Sumy, with EBRD support under the EU4Business initiative funded by the European Union. The course is specifically designed for female entrepreneurs, and consisted of two training sessions, with a break between them, so that participants have time to...
The event took place in Lviv, an IT industry hub in Ukraine
The IT industry in Ukraine has a huge potential for growth, but instability of tax regulation, lack of specialists and a number of regulatory barriers are constraining the development of the industry. Ways of overcoming these barriers were discussed on November 23 by representatives of the government, IT-business and academics during a roundtable in Lviv on regulation of the software development...