Small and Medium Sized Enterprises (SMEs) - Part 3

Type: Stockshots [long]   Reference: I-070901   Duration: 10:25:03  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 INNOVATION 00:07:14
10:00:18 Title 00:00:05
10:00:23 Cecilia Hertz, Founder and CEO of Umbilical Design, entering the building where her offices are - Stockholm, Sweden (3 shots) - BACKGROUND INFORMATION - Cecilia is an industrial designer who founded Umbilical Design in 2001. It is a company that transforms space technologies so that they can be applied to our daily lives. It operates in three fields: space, extreme environments and household products. The company has created - together with Jönköping International Business School - a very innovative creative process called Down to Earth, in which different disciplines are brought together so that new sustainability-focused innovations and ideas can be generated. The basic premise is to take advantage of the ideas, methods and materials used in the space industry and render them of practical use to industries and areas of application on the ground. The Down to Earth process begins with workshops from which a wide variety of ideas are hatched, many of which are concrete and undergo further development. The objective is to create sustainable products and solutions of commercial viability within Swedish industry and society. Areas covered by the Down to Earth-process include volume management, weightless thinking, lean-energy technologies, alternative uses for space materials, eco-cyclic thinking, water management in extreme environments, and building technologies for confined spaces. 00:00:18
10:00:41 Cecilia at the office with her employee, discussing a project (5 shots) 00:00:28
10:01:10 Cecilia and her employee talk about the helmet created by the company based on space technology (3 shots) 00:00:14
10:01:25 Exterior, Tekniska Museet, where a NASA exhibition is taking place 00:00:05
10:01:30 NASA exhibition, A Human Adventure (3 shots) 00:00:26
10:01:57 SOUNDBITE by Cecilia Hertz (in ENGLISH) saying that they are looking into how they can contribute with space research Down to Earth, as they call their new major project, to transfer space technologies and see what benefits they can provide to the society and create new services and products. 00:00:18
10:02:15 Cutaway, exhibition 00:00:11
10:02:27 SOUNDBITE by Cecilia Hertz (in ENGLISH) saying that there are many views and ideas of what an industrial designer is, but for her it is a problem solver; she really likes challenges and that's what they do in these workshops; they also challenge the clients; if the clients say they want a new sensor, they might say 'you might not need a sensor, you might need something different, so let's explore together what you need'; so, they also want to help out, to make sure that the industry develops the right products that are sustainable. 00:00:33
10:03:00 Down to Earth workshop, with students (11 shots) Cecilia exchanges ideas with students working on design solutions for "the Car of the Future". The workshop takes place at a creative environment at the Tekniska Museet's exhibition "The Inventions of Women". 00:01:15
10:04:15 Exterior shot, Agrenvec - Madrid, Spain (2 shots) - BACKGROUND INFORMATION - Agrenvec is a biotech company specialised in producing plant-based mammalian antibodies and protein recombinants. The advantage of these 100% animal-free recombinants is that there is no risk of bacteria or virus contamination. Agrenvec was founded by scientist Isabel Bronchalo and has 14 employees. Isabel is a member of the board in the Association of Biotech companies in Madrid Region, many of which are SMEs such as Agrenvec. 00:00:10
10:04:25 Researchers working at the lab (4 shots) 00:00:20
10:04:45 Quality control; researcher testing if the proteins produced by the lab have the activity they are supposed to have (2 shots) 00:00:12
10:04:58 SOUNDBITE by Isabel Bronchalo, CEO of Agrenvec, (in SPANISH) saying that one of the competitive advantages that her company has is that they work with plants; all their products are animal-free by definition; this means there is no risk of contamination of any kind of virus or any pathology of animal origin. 00:00:20
10:05:18 Researcher taking plants out of a refrigerator (2 shots) 00:00:11
10:05:30 Plants receiving a drop of recombinant plant virus (3 shots) 00:00:16
10:05:47 SOUNDBITE by Isabel Bronchalo (in SPANISH) saying that one of the advantages of being an SME in the biotech sector is that they can do things that big companies can't do because they can't dedicate themselves to all the existing niches. 00:00:21
10:06:08 Lab worker separating the plants and using a mortar to grind them with the recombinant (6 shots) 00:00:34
10:06:42 Plant mixture being filtered (2 shots) - it will then go through a centrifuge so that the protein of about 80% can be obtained 00:00:09
10:06:51 Protein being placed inside a machine that will verify the level of purity of the proteins and get rid of the impurity that is present (5 shots) 00:00:29
10:07:21 Two researchers putting the final product in an refrigerator so that it's stored and preserved (2 shots) 00:00:11
10:07:32 ENTREPRENEURSHIP 00:11:19
10:07:32 Title 00:00:05
10:07:37 Exterior, Agence Régionale de Développement des Territoires d'Auvergne (ARDTA) - Aubière, France (2 shots) - BACKGROUND INFORMATION - The Regional Development Agency of Auvergne is an organisation that helps new and aspiring entrepreneurs to set their own business in the region. They support the creation of a new enterprise from its business plan and market study, until the complete set up of the company. On top of it, the agency offers 'résidences d'entrepreneurs', a service that allows new entrepreneurs to benefit from a financial aid in order to be able to pay their expenses before the business is fully in place. 00:00:10
10:07:47 Pascal Guittard, Director of ARDTA, at his office (4 shots) 00:00:25
10:08:13 Pascal Guittard welcomes a "résidenceur" (entrepreneur who benefits from the programme "résidence d'entrepreneur"), Thierry Migeotte 00:00:09
10:08:23 Pascal discusses with Thierry the progress of Thierry's project (3 shots) 00:00:17
10:08:40 SOUNDBITE by Pascal Guittard (in FRENCH) saying that the sectors they prioritise are specially those that create jobs: new technologies, culture, services and also tourism; those are the main priorities around which the region develops today. 00:00:23
10:09:03 Pascal discusses with Thierry the progress of Thierry's project (3 shots) 00:00:14
10:09:18 SOUNDBITE by Pascal Guittard (in FRENCH) saying that the interest is that since there is a territorial follow-up, people integrate to this region; so, they are more willing to stay and to get involved; on top of it, they follow the enterprise during its first 3 years. 00:00:26
10:09:45 Julien Leyreloup, Founder and Manager of MVMT (6 shots) - BACKGROUND INFORMATION - MVMT is a company specialised in producing high-quality bicycle pieces, using the brand name Cycles Victoire. Julien has founded the company thanks to the support of ARDTA. He benefited from the 'residence d'entrepreneur' programme for 8 months, during the set-up process of his business. 00:00:33
10:10:19 SOUNDBITE by Julien Leyreloup (in FRENCH) saying that since setting up a business takes a lot of time, he was blocked; either he had to keep on working, and the process would have been much slower, or he had to find a solution to dedicate himself full-time to setting up his business; thanks to the programme 'résidence d'entrepreneur', he could get rid of financial worries for 8 months and really advance in his project. 00:00:21
10:10:40 Worker manufacturing a bicycle piece (4 shots) 00:00:26
10:11:06 SOUNDBITE by Julien Leyreloup (in FRENCH) saying that there is a lot of work in what concerns the product, to propose something innovative, trustworthy and light and that is different from the competition; so they play on the one hand on the innovation aspect and on the other on a product exclusively made in France. 00:00:13
10:11:20 Work in the garage. Employee assembles a bicycle while Julien unpacks and checks bicycle parts (6 shots) 00:00:44
10:12:05 Landscape in the Auvergne region and village La Tour-d'Auvergne (2 shots) 00:00:11
10:12:16 Banner, Cap Expéditions Cap Expéditions is a tour agency that organises personalized adventure and thematic tours in the Auvergne region and in other parts of France and the world. Hélène Saint-Dizier and her partner Franck Le Rebourg founded the company two years ago. 00:00:05
10:12:21 Helène and Franck discussing tours and shot of brochures with different tours organised by Cap Expéditions (6 shots) 00:00:37
10:12:59 SOUNDBITE by Hélène Saint-Dizier, Co-Founder and Co-Manager of Cap Expéditions, (in FRENCH) saying that they knew the business of a tour agent well, but the work of an entrepreneur is something different; ARDTA has allowed them to get to know not only other people in the same business but people that can help them set up the business, such as bankers, for instance, and a set of networks that allow them not to be alone in the job of entrepreneurs and also to learn other functions than that of entrepreneurs. 00:00:47
10:13:46 Landscape in the Auvergne region 00:00:04
10:13:51 Exterior of a bed and breakfast 00:00:05
10:13:56 Franck Le Rebourg, Co-Founder and Co-Manager of Cap Expéditions, takes a tourist agent from Belgium on a tour to see which programmes Cap Expéditions has to offer, so that she can offer those to her clients (8 shots) 00:00:47
10:14:44 Exterior, Lan Ekintza Bilbao, Spain (2 shots) - BACKGROUND INFORMATION - Lan Ekintza is a Local Development Agency which began operating in 1989. Their goal is to improve the quality of life of citizens and the development of the city of Bilbao, ensuring the social-economic balance among its neighbourhoods and inhabitants. With the programme "Compromiso con los Barrios" (Commitment to Neighbourhoods), they help the development of Bilbao La Vieja, San Francisco and Zabala - areas with special needs, located in the heart of the city. The initiative received the European Enterprise Award 2007 for most creative and innovative project. The aim of the program is to improve conditions for socio-economic activity, encourage job creation and social inclusion, promote new business ventures and strengthen existing ones. 90% of the companies created are still in business and about 80% are still in the area. 00:00:09
10:14:53 People working at Lan Ekintza (3 shots) 00:00:16
10:15:10 SOUNDBITE by Xabier Otxandiano, Project Coordinator at Lan Ekintza, (in ENGLISH) saying that since the year 2000 there have been more than 200 small companies in these 3 little neighbourhoods (Bilbao La Vieja, San Francisco y Zabala); they have created more than 400 direct jobs. 00:00:13
10:15:23 People at reception desk, giving information to those who want to set up their businesses (6 shots) 00:00:32
10:15:56 SOUNDBITE by Xabier Otxandiano (in ENGLISH) saying that what they want is that all the neighbourhoods of the city have a sustainable development; that's why in these special neighbourhoods with special needs they are doing this development programmes to help people set up a business, find a job. 00:00:17
10:16:13 Street from the neighbourhood of San Francisco, Bilbao 00:00:04
10:16:17 Exterior, Creativity Zentrum - BACKGROUND INFORMATION - Creativity Zentrum is a research organisation dedicated to developing and promoting the Creative industries in the area of Bizkaia. It is formed by entrepreneurs that count on the advice of different collaborators such as David Parrish, Kea, Creative Spaces Management, A. Bernstein and Creative Cluster. They have an open-office space called Co. lab, which is an area that was created to fulfil a demand of a new workspace, together with professional support, adapted to each company's needs. The workspace provides all necessary tools for professionals to work, have meetings, and organise lecture and events. The Co. lab offers an active collaboration and a network suited to the needs of the people using their services so that they can accomplish their projects. The business was set up thanks to the help of Lan Ekintza and now, due to the entrepreneurial character of the organisation, it collaborates with the local development agency offering workspace to new entrepreneurs. 00:00:05
10:16:22 Interior, Co. lab, people working together at the co-working space (8 shots) 00:00:35
10:16:58 Exterior, SC Gallery (2 shots) - BACKGROUND INFORMATION - The SubCulture Gallery is owned by Sergio García and located in Bilbao. It has an exhibition space for the dissemination and promotion of contemporary urban artists. The business was set up thanks to the help of Lan Ekintza. 00:00:09
10:17:08 Sergio García working at his computer 00:00:05
10:17:13 SOUNDBITE by Sergio García (in SPANISH) saying that he believes that, concretely, in this neighbourhood (San Francisco), the small companies are doing a different and interesting job compared to other parts of Bilbao. 00:00:15
10:17:28 Exhibition at the art gallery (4 shots) 00:00:19
10:17:47 Exterior, Dogway Media (2 shots) - BACKGROUND INFORMATION - Dogway is a skate magazine, online TV and art gallery and shop at the neighbourhood of San Francisco, Bilbao. 00:00:13
10:18:00 Interior, Dogway Media (2 shots) 00:00:12
10:18:13 Dani García, graphic designer of Dogway Skate Magazine, at work (2 shots) 00:00:10
10:18:23 SOUNDBITE by Dani García (in SPANISH) saying that Lan Ekintza helped them with finding a new place (for their company) and to set it up in a way that is very good for them. 00:00:14
10:18:37 Art gallery/shop (2 shots) 00:00:14
10:18:52 SOCIAL INCLUSION 00:06:23
10:18:52 Title 00:00:05
10:18:57 Lecture from Veronica Hedenmark, Founder and CEO of VH Assistans, a company specialised in providing assistance for people with lifelong disabilities (5 shots) - Stockholm, Sweden - BACKGROUND INFORMATION - At birth Veronica was diagnosed with osteogenesis imperfecta, a disease that causes fragile bones. She is dependent on assistance for daily activities. But she has never let her disability limit her. In 1994 a Swedish law (LSS 1993:387) was enforced that gave people with lifelong disabilities a right to not only receive assistance, but also to choose their own assistants. It was also a law that made it possible for Veronica to take advantage of her own experiences and start building her business. She founded the company 1997, which counts just more than 20 employees, with offices all over Sweden. Her agency provides work for over 600 assistants. 00:00:29
10:19:27 SOUNDBITE by Veronica Hedenmark (in ENGLISH) saying that what is unique in the company is that they have her sister's and her mother's experience to be with people with disabilities as well as her own experience, and they know what they are talking about. 00:00:15
10:19:42 Cutaways, Veronica at work (2 shots) 00:00:10
10:19:53 SOUNDBITE by Veronica Hedenmark (in ENGLISH) saying that the secret of success with an SME is to work hard and follow your heart; it's not money, finance; the most important is to work really hard with what you like to do and what you would like to change in the world, in the society and in the company; you have to follow your own idea all the way. 00:00:27
10:20:21 Cutaways, Veronica at work with her employees (4 shots) 00:00:29
10:20:50 Assistant employed by VH Assistans, helping a disabled 14-year old girl at her home (12 shots) 00:01:18
10:22:09 Exterior, Female Prison - Trani, Italy (2 shots) - BACKGROUND INFORMATION - At the female prison in Trani, South of Italy, a project called "Made in Carcere" (made in jail) takes place. Luciana Delle Donne is an economist who decided to set up her own business and at the same time help women in jail to work and be able to learn a profession. She created the brand "Made in Carcere". Since then, prisoners from the female facilities of Trani and Lecce manufacture clothes and accessories out of recycled materials that are then sold in shops and fairs. The idea is that these women have an occupation while serving their sentences and that they can acquire skills that could help them reintegrate into society. A total of 20 female prisoners are involved in the project. 00:00:10
10:22:19 Luciana Delle Donne, Founder of "Made in Carcere", enters the prison facilities 00:00:05
10:22:24 Luciana and a prisoner discuss the thread colours to use (2 shots) 00:00:14
10:22:39 Luciana shows a prisoner how to sew a fabric purse (3 shots) 00:00:17
10:22:56 Prisoner sewing a fabric purse (2 shots) 00:00:11
10:23:08 Luciana and a prisoner separating and cutting fabric pieces to be used in their creations (4 shots) 00:00:20
10:23:28 Prisoner sewing a fabric purse (3 shots) 00:00:17
10:23:46 General view, prisoners at work 00:00:06
10:23:52 Prisoner sewing a T-shirt (3 shots) 00:00:17
10:24:09 Luciana puts the ready T-shirt on a mannequin 00:00:07
10:24:17 Hands counting purses, stack of purses, close-up on label (3 shots) 00:00:16
10:24:33 SOUNDBITE by Luciana Delle Donne (in ITALIAN) saying that through recycled material they can give life not only to objects but also to people who maybe have never had any possibilities to work, not even know what working hours mean, and neither the dignity that work can bring; once you acquire these skills, you become visible and you can hold your head up high in society, you have the right to exist, like everybody else. 00:00:24
10:24:58 Cutaway, hanger with some of the handmade products by "Made in Carcere" 00:00:05
10:25:03 Copyrights 00:00:12
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