The University of Skövde, School of Business, Associate Professor Susanne Durst is a partner in the Project Inbets BSR. The project involves a number of partners from the Baltic Sea region, the project is funded by Interreg BSR, the Baltic Sea Program.
The aims of the project are to examine, develop and design innovative and transferable models and tools for facilitating SME business transfers.
To achieve the objectives, the project is focused on four main areas:
- Strengthening institutional capacity of existing SME promotion institutions in terms of sustained promotion of business transfers in 9 BSR countries.
- Better endorsement of SME business transfers by policy and administrations and easier financing;
- Sustainable skills of entrepreneurship, increase of entrepreneurial qualifications and increasing the number of candidates willing to take over businesses;
- Promoting business transfers during project implementation and ensuring the sustained continuation of the implemented measures on a broad basis in all BSR countries.
The addressed target groups and beneficiaries of this project are owners and successors of SMEs, business support organisations and training facilities, universities, credit institutions, and others.
The focus of the project is the implementation of the outputs. Additionally, all outputs will be transferred for implementation to 68 institutions in all BSR countries.
The increased capacities and institutionalised knowledge will achieve a progressive change of SME business transfers in the BSR. Greatly improved models, well-organised transnational support structures, new financing methods and better qualified entrepreneurs, who are ready to take over businesses, will results in much higher success rates of company transfers during the project and for years to come.