Small and Medium Sized Enterprises (SMEs) - Part 1

Type: Stockshots [long]   Reference: I-070899   Duration: 10:23:05  Lieu:
End production: 27/09/2011
In 2011, SME week will be held on 3-9 October and its aim is to provide information on the support provided by the EU and national, regional and local authorities to micro, small and medium-sized businesses; to promote entrepreneurship and to give recognition to entrepreneurs for their contribution to Europe's welfare, jobs, innovation and competitiveness. To illustrate this, the European Commission's audiovisual service has produced a 3-part series of video stockshots covering: Part 1 (070899): - Cross Country Cooperation - Food Cluster - Aviation Cluster Part 2 (070900): - Green Industry - Forestry and Agriculture - Food Industry - Women in Business - Erasmus for Young Entrepreneurs Part 3 (070901): - Innovation - Entrepreneurship - Social Inclusion. The 23 million SMEs in the EU represent 99% of businesses, and are a key driver for economic growth, innovation, employment and social integration. The European Commission (EC) aims to promote successful entrepreneurship and improve the business environment for SMEs, to allow them to realise their full potential in today's global economy. The EC works on broad policy issues affecting entrepreneurship and SMEs across Europe, and assists SMEs through networks and business support measures. It helps existing and potential entrepreneurs to grow their businesses, giving special attention to women entrepreneurs, crafts and social economy enterprises. The Small Business Act for Europe (SBA) embodies the EU's commitment to SMEs and entrepreneurship. Member States have committed to implementing the SBA alongside the EC in an effort to make the EU a better place to do business. Since SMEs have to be supported at local level, the EC helps Member States and the regions to develop policies aimed at promoting entrepreneurship, assisting SMEs at all stages of development, and helping them to access global markets. The identification and exchange of good practices are key elements of this policy.

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10:00:00 Generic and title 00:00:18
10:00:18 CROSS-COUNTRY COOPERATION 00:07:17
10:00:18 Title Germany and Denmark Through the use of Enterprise Europe Network (EEN), companies around Europe in different areas have been able to find business or research partners, suppliers, distributors, etc. 00:00:05
10:00:23 Exterior, tgcBIOMICS, Mainz, Germany (2 shots) - BACKGROUND INFORMATION - tgcBIOMICS GmbH was founded in 1999 by two microbiologists. The focus of the enterprise lies in developing the proprietary technology of targeted genetic conditioning; the use of bacterial gene carriers to transfer nucleic acids. Through the use of EEN, the company has teamed up with Novaetech, a small Italian company that designs high-precision sensors for the aerospace and environmental to develop a biosensor with huge implications for stem-cell research. Specifically, the biosensor would be used to help identify and isolate stem cells from other cell types. This could pave the way for medical research into new treatments for cancer, spinal-cord injuries and Parkinson’s disease. The research is being funded by the European network of trans-national research and technological development for SMEs in the biotechnology field 'EuroTrans-Bio' under the 7th Framework Programme. 00:00:10
10:00:33 Prof. Dr. Christoph von Eichel-Streiber, CEO of tgcBIOMICS, and Simon Koerpert, Business Development Manager of tgcBIOMICS, on a conference call with Gianluca Ferrini, CEO of Novaetech, to talk about the latest developments on their joint project (5 shots) 00:00:47
10:01:20 Lab worker takes spinner containing cells to make antibodies from the incubator in order to control the vitality of the cells (5 shots) 00:00:34
10:01:55 SOUNDBITE by Prof. Dr. Christoph von Eichel-Streiber (in ENGLISH) saying that it is a very lively and intensive cooperation; they have four partners that fit very much to each other; each one has a different expertise and none of them would have been able to come to a result without the others. 00:00:18
10:02:13 Lab worker checks the vitality of the cells under the microscope (4 shots) 00:00:20
10:02:34 SOUNDBITE by Prof. Dr. Christoph von Eichel-Streiber (in ENGLISH) saying that they got in contact through the EEN; the Italian group had already contacts with each other but they were searching for a company that could produce the antibodies that are needed for the project, so TGC Biomics fitted right into the project. 00:00:19
10:02:53 Hybridoma cell lines (with portions of tumor cells and antibodies) are placed into the liquid nitrogen tank – They stay in the tank before they go to the incubator (5 shots) 00:00:31
10:03:25 Lab technician working with markers at the lab – part of the test to check the level of readiness of the proteins that are produced (4 shots) 00:00:25
10:03:50 Lab technician looking at markers to check the level of readiness of the proteins that are produced (3 shots) 00:00:15
10:04:06 Exterior, North Invent, Hedensted, Denmark (2 shots) - BACKGROUND INFORMATION - North Invent is a Danish SME which produces and designs monitors for maritime, offshore and military applications. The range of rugged monitors can be used as all-purpose Signal Platforms (Radar, Sea Charts, Conning, Supervising). Founded in 2004 by three entrepreneurs with a large experience in the field of maritime displays, the company exports 80% of its products to European distributors or agents. One of those distributors, a Greek company also specialised in maritime navigation systems, was found thanks to EEN. Being one of the world’s largest shipping nations, Greece was an important market for North Invent, but time constraints prevented the company to pursue the search for a distributor there. EEN helped them get in touch with their Greek partners. 00:00:10
10:04:16 Lars Nordberg-Hansen, Managing Director of North Invent, on the phone with distributors (2 shots) 00:00:13
10:04:29 Lars Nordberg-Hansen follows up with his employee an order from distributors (4 shots) 00:00:30
10:04:59 SOUNDBITE by Lars Nordberg-Hansen (in ENGLISH) saying that the product they make at North Invent is maritime monitors, mainly to go on the bridge of bigger vessels; it is for showing radar signals and sea maps; there is quite a lot of demand for approval and reliability to the products and that is where they have their expertise. 00:00:25
10:05:25 Manufacture of maritime monitors at production line (4 shots) 00:00:25
10:05:50 SOUNDBITE by Lars Nordberg-Hansen (in ENGLISH) saying that it is very important for SMEs to get help from networks like EEN because they do not have the resources themselves to establish a network around the world; so it is very important, very helpful. 00:00:22
10:06:13 Manufacture of maritime monitors at production line (8 shots) 00:00:41
10:06:54 Monitor being tested (3 shots) 00:00:18
10:07:12 Monitor screens showing maps (4 shots) 00:00:22
10:07:35 FOOD CLUSTER 00:07:49
10:07:35 Title The Øresund Region stretches over two countries - Sweden and Denmark - and is located in the heart of the Scandinavian breadbasket. The Øresund Food Cluster is Northern Europe's largest food cluster in terms of the number of food companies, employees, universities and people engaged in research and development. It is an extensive food cluster comprising all sectors in the food industry and all supporting industries such as machinery, packaging, ingredients and services. 00:00:05
10:07:40 Exterior, Kiviks Musteri, Kivik, Sweden (2 shots) - BACKGROUND INFORMATION - Kiviks Musteri was founded in 1935 by Ivar Åkesson. It started out as a family business producing apple juice and cider. Today, the 4th generation of the Åkesson’s manufactures different varieties of juices, ciders, soups and compotes. The company sells its products all over Sweden and in the EU and is part of the Øresund Food Cluster. 00:00:10
10:07:50 SOUNDBITE by Thomas Jensen, CEO of Kiviks Musteri, (in ENGLISH) saying that they are a rather small player; they have a turnover of about 40 million euro; their competitors have at least 10 times this turnover; but this small size is an advantage; they are very popular among their customers and they have a strong brand. 00:00:15
10:08:06 Cutaways: apple trees (3 shots) 00:00:15
10:08:21 SOUNDBITE by Thomas Jensen (in ENGLISH) saying that the cluster, innovation network, is very important; in the South of Sweden they are over 60,000 people working in the food and beverage industry; and of course there are a lot of questions of common interest; this network has the duty to create or offer meeting places where they can discuss these questions. 00:00:20
10:08:42 Thomas Jensen talks to workers at the production line (3 shots) 00:00:14
10:08:57 Work at Kiviks Musteri's production line (5 shots) 00:00:27
10:09:24 Quality test of packaging (2 shots) 00:00:10
10:09:35 Thomas Jensen tastes a sample of an apple juice (4 shots) 00:00:23
10:09:59 General view of containers inside 00:00:08
10:10:07 General view of containers from outside, with Kiviks Musteri logo 00:00:05
10:10:12 Exterior, Kiviks Musteri shop (2 shots) 00:00:09
10:10:22 Interior, Kiviks Musteri shop (4 shots) 00:00:23
10:10:45 Michael Oredsson, CEO of Probi AB, enters the lab - Lund, Sweden (2 shots) - BACKGROUND INFORMATION - Probi is a Swedish biotechnology company that develops and sells probiotics for use in the food and dietary supplement industries. It was founded in 1991 by doctors in search of a treatment for people with gastro-intestinal diseases. The probiotics that were used as medicine were incorporated into different kinds of food, such as juices and yogurts, as well as in nutritional supplements. The company is part of the Øresund region food cluster. 00:00:11
10:10:57 Michael Oredsson at the lab, supervising employee’s work testing juices with probiotics (5 shots) 00:00:32
10:11:30 SOUNDBITE by Michael Oredsson (in ENGLISH) saying that they do have some very potent strains and they own those strains; but their real claim to fame is their clinical documentation, the fact that they have clinical trials, proving the health benefits of their probiotics; they are top of the list in the world in probiotics in that field. 00:00:18
10:11:49 Testing samples of probiotics products (3 shots) 00:00:18
10:12:07 SOUNDBITE by Michael Oredsson (in ENGLISH) on the advantages of being part of a cluster: saying that there are people around who work in science - in their case, that's very important; but there are also a lot of consultants, people in public relations, advertising, strategy, all in this area; so, you don't have to employ people, you can actually go next door and talk to someone who's an expert in a field which is related to you; that's the main thing: people. 00:00:24
10:12:32 Lab worker counting bacteria with a machine by tapping dots on the surface of the small bacteria container (5 shots) 00:00:28
10:13:01 Exterior, Oatly – Landskrona, Sweden (2 shots) - BACKGROUND INFORMATION - Oatly is a company that manufactures a full range of oat products for people who are lactose intolerant, follow a vegan diet or are looking for an alternative to dairy goods. Oatly's products are manufactured using a unique patented process, the result of a research partnership with Lund University in Sweden. The company was founded in 1995. 00:00:10
10:13:11 Jan Johansson, CEO of Oatly, at his office (3 shots) 00:00:14
10:13:26 SOUNDBITE by Jan Johansson (in ENGLISH) saying that the background is that a professor at Lund University, together with his team, decided to invent the ultimate non-dairy product; they tried to make milk out of different seeds and grains and they found oats as an alternative to soy; they started from there and since 1995 they have capitalised this invention; now they are rolling out, currently selling in 25 countries. 00:00:35
10:14:01 Work at Oatly's filling line (11 shots) 00:01:00
10:15:02 Quality control at the lab - checking if there is the right percentage of oat regarding the percentage of water (4 shots) 00:00:22
10:15:24 AVIATION CLUSTER 00:07:52
10:15:24 Title Hamburg, Germany The Hamburg metropolitan region’s core competencies cover all areas of aircraft construction, aircraft maintenance and airport operations. Along with the three major companies - Airbus, Lufthansa Technik and Hamburg Airport - more than 300 small and mid-sized ventures as well as various technological and scientific institutions contribute their expertise. More than 39,000 specialists are employed in the aviation industry. As a result, the Aviation Cluster Hamburg Metropolitan Region is today one of the world’s most important locations for the civil aviation industry. 00:00:05
10:15:29 Exterior, Innovint Aicraft Interior – Hamburg, Germany (2 shots) - BACKGROUND INFORMATION - Innovint is a company specialized in manufacturing articles for cabin interiors, such as magazines holders, baby cribs, animal cases, wheelchairs, etc. Founded in 1973 by Uwe Gröning, it has 26 employees and is part of the aviation cluster in Hamburg. 00:00:10
10:15:39 Workers at the production line (5 shots) 00:00:31
10:16:11 Workers making a dog’s portable kennel (7 shots) 00:00:37
10:16:48 Uwe Gröning, CEO of Innovint, talks to his employee, while she is assembling a dog's portable kennel (5 shots) 00:00:33
10:17:22 Uwe Gröning walks down the production line (2 shots) 00:00:11
10:17:33 Employee working on the design of cabin interior elements (2 shots) 00:00:12
10:17:45 SOUNDBITE by Uwe Gröning (in ENGLISH) on the advantages of being part of a cluster: saying that the advantages are to be more visible in the world - that's a big aspect for many companies; if you talk worldwide with airlines or with OEMs (Original Equipment Manufacturers), which are not only Airbus and Boeing but in the future in Brazil, Russia, Japan, China, India, wherever, if you go as an SME of 26 people to them you have to have a big name; if you go as a member of the aviation cluster, you will be somebody who has a concern with them to discuss on a high level. 00:00:53
10:18:39 Cutaways, aircraft cabin interior elements manufactured by Innovint (3 shots) 00:00:15
10:18:54 Exterior, mb+Partner (2 shots) - BACKGROUND INFORMATION - The company, formed by 5 employees, was founded by Jan Binnebesel and Till Marquardt in 2008. They specialise in aircrafts technical systems and technical architecture. At the moment they are working on a project of a Ground-Based Landing Gear System (GroLaS). The idea is that the airplanes eliminate their landing gears – which account for up to 15% of the aircraft mass, but are not required during cruise flight – and use a ground-based landing suspension system, which would attach to the airplane when it lands and helps save up to 20% of fuel consumption as well as lower the operating costs by 12%. 00:00:10
10:19:05 Jan Binnebesel and Till Marquardt, Co-Founders of mb+Partner, working at their office (6 shots) 00:00:32
10:19:38 Animation of how GroLaS works 00:00:13
10:19:51 Jan and Till talk to research partner from DLR, Germany's national research center for aeronautics and space (4 shots) 00:00:23
10:20:15 SOUNDBITE by Jan Binnebesel (in ENGLISH) saying that it is about removing the undercarriage of an aircraft and replacing it with interfaces which connect to the ground-based undercarriage; that means that systems in power which are installed for the takeoff and landing, and ground operations of an aircraft now move from the aircraft to the ground; that's the basic idea; it has got tremendous advantages like: it saves around 10 percent of weight and therefore will also reduce the fuel burn. 00:00:35
10:20:50 SOUNDBITE by Till Marquardt (in ENGLISH) on being part of the aviation cluster: saying that it is very helpful to have a very good platform to get visibility and also for the other companies and potential partners. 00:00:08
10:20:58 Peter Bishop, CEO of Bishop GmbH, enters the office (2 shots) - BACKGROUND INFORMATION - Bishop GmbH offers engineering services ranging from development and design engineering to marketing and management. The company was founded in 1997. Peter Bishop has now grown to a workforce of more than 200 staff across Europe, 150 of whom are based in Hamburg. Now, the company is working on the “Aircraft Seat Rail” project, in where airplane seats rest on a moving rail, thus allowing flexibility and cost-effectiveness regarding seat arrangements. 00:00:11
10:21:10 Peter Bishop talks to an employee (2 shots) 00:00:10
10:21:20 SOUNDBITE by Peter Bishop (in ENGLISH) saying that as an individual private company they would not have had this success; but coming together with others, Hamburg's been able to win Space Cluster funding and that opened the door to ideas; ideas were selected; without being in the cluster, nothing would have happened. 00:00:25
10:21:45 Cutaways: touch-screen that controls the seat rail. Changing seat settings for more or less space between the seats, screen showing revenue change according to seat arrangements (4 shots) 00:00:22
10:22:08 SOUNDBITE by Peter Bishop (in ENGLISH) saying that the future belongs to SMEs for the following reasons: they don't have a big overhead; what funding or money they have goes 99.9% into new innovation; they're dynamic, they're fit, they're lean, they can move quickly to identify new markets, get in there and exploit those markets, and they're not governed by dogma; if they're not fit, if they don't come up with new ideas, they're dead. 00:00:31
10:22:39 Seats on rails being moved (5 shots) 00:00:25
10:23:05 Copyrights 00:00:12
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