<![CDATA[European Commission - Enterprise and Industry]]> http://ec.europa.eu/enterprise/initiatives/esicnews/index_en.htm European communities Fri, 24 Oct 2014 18:13:58 GMT Newsroom_2.0 20 <![CDATA[The Enterprise Europe Network celebrating 7 years of support in Turin, helping small companies innovate and internationalise ]]>

Published : Wed, 15 Oct 2014

Through local business and innovation organisations, this EU-co-funded Network helps SMEs find partners in Europe and beyond, and provides an integrated range of support services to businesses, such as advising on European legislation or helping SMEs find financing for their projects.

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Tue, 14 Oct 2014 22:00:00 GMT
<![CDATA[Transforming existing Manufacturing Industries through Service Innovation]]>

Published : Thu, 09 Oct 2014

Most strong regions maintain a balanced and smart mix of manufacturing and service activities. Such an amalgamation enables them to establish strong, economic specialisations, to provide competitive product-service combinations and to constantly adapt their economies to new circumstances. The service-based transformation and revitalisation of mature manufacturing economies, such as those [...]

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Wed, 08 Oct 2014 22:00:00 GMT
<![CDATA[Messages from other EU initiatives that relate closely to Service Innovation, PART 2 ]]>

Published : Thu, 09 Oct 2014

This article presents the main outcomes of the EU initiatives close to European Service Innovation Centre: the Business Innovation Observatory, the European Cluster Observatory and the High Level Group on Business Services. Each of these three initiatives has briefly outlined the key issues that should be taken into account when designing future [...]

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Wed, 08 Oct 2014 22:00:00 GMT
<![CDATA[Messages from other EU initiatives that relate closely to Service Innovation, PART 1 ]]>

Published : Thu, 09 Oct 2014

This article presents the main outcomes of the EU initiatives close to European Service Innovation Centre: the European Mobile and Mobility Industries Alliance and the European Creative Industries Alliance. Both of these two initiatives has briefly outlined the key issues that should be taken into account when designing future policies and practices for [...]

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Wed, 08 Oct 2014 22:00:00 GMT
<![CDATA[Integrating Service Innovation into Cluster Policies]]>

Published : Thu, 09 Oct 2014

A challenge for regional innovation policy is to create an enabling business environment in which entrepreneurially-minded individuals can explore and realise their ambitions. One effective mechanism that addresses innovation system linkages and aims to improve the business climate is cluster policy and its related cluster initiatives, which can explicitly embrace [...]

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Wed, 08 Oct 2014 22:00:00 GMT
<![CDATA[Transforming Regional Economies by boosting Innovation through emerging Service Industries]]>

Published : Thu, 09 Oct 2014

In his new book ‘Creating a Learning Society’ Stiglitz (2014) explains several good reasons to publicly support emerging industries. It is not that governments are better than markets at selecting which industries to support, but government policies can help ‘infant industries’ to learn and the benefits of that learning, including [...]

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Wed, 08 Oct 2014 22:00:00 GMT
<![CDATA[The Transformative Power of Service Innovation is there on the Horizon but the Journey towards it has only just begun ]]>

Published : Wed, 01 Oct 2014

The European Service Innovation Centre (ESIC) conference entitled ‘Service Innovation as a Driver of Change for European Industries and Regions’ took place in Helsinki on 9-10 September 2014 and attracted 140 participants representing academia, businesses and the public sector. [...]

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Tue, 30 Sep 2014 22:00:00 GMT
<![CDATA[Highlights from the ESIC Conference: Integrating a Systemic Service Innovation Approach into Regional Policies ]]>

Published : Wed, 01 Oct 2014

Three parallel sessions of the ESIC Conference, held in Helsinki in September 2014, highlighted the experiences of the six model demonstrator regions, their attempts to harness the benefits of service innovation and the subsequent steps that they intend to take. These sessions considered: Transforming the manufacturing industries in Limburg and Upper Austria; [...]

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Tue, 30 Sep 2014 22:00:00 GMT
<![CDATA[Highlights from the ESIC Conference: The Way forward - Implications for European Service Innovation Policies]]>

Published : Wed, 01 Oct 2014

The ESIC conference held in September 2014 also reviewed the policies and activities that have been initiated to promote service innovation in Europe. In a very animated and participative session, members of the audience cast their votes on a series of alternative answers to the following six questions: What policy approach is [...]

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Tue, 30 Sep 2014 22:00:00 GMT
<![CDATA[European Service Innovation Centre conference –the transformative power of service innovation is on the horizon but the journey has just begun]]>

Published : Sun, 14 Sep 2014

The European Service Innovation Centre (ESIC) conference entitled ‘Service Innovation as a Driver of Change for European Industries and Regions’ took place in Helsinki on 9-10 September 2014 and attracted 140 participants representing academia, businesses and the public sector. The event focused on the key findings of, and lessons learned [...]

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Sat, 13 Sep 2014 22:00:00 GMT
<![CDATA[The Continuous Reinvention of the Province of Limburg ]]>

Published : Thu, 14 Aug 2014

The manufacturing industry in the Province of Limburg is facing a situation in which its products are becoming indistinguishable from others and consumers are buying on price alone. Other problems include increasing competition and short time-to-market. Thus, there is an urgent need to create new forms of added value and [...]

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Wed, 13 Aug 2014 22:00:00 GMT
<![CDATA[The Canary Islands - Evolving from ‘Sun, Sea and Sand’ to tailor-made Tourist Experiences]]>

Published : Thu, 14 Aug 2014

 The Canary Islands have a lot to offer as a tourist destination and with a constant flow of tourists, the region claims to be an ideal test bed for services and service innovations. However, for a long time the region has relied on the ‘sun, sea and sand’ approach and [...]

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Wed, 13 Aug 2014 22:00:00 GMT
<![CDATA[Refining the Large-scale Demonstrator Strategies for the six Model Regions]]>

Published : Thu, 14 Aug 2014

The work of the European Service Innovation Centre (ESIC) is being undertaken in the six model demonstrator regions of the Canary Islands, Emilia-Romagna, Limburg, Luxembourg, Northern Ireland and Upper Austria. ESIC is providing advisory support towards the implementation of a model demonstrator approach or Large-scale Demonstrator approach. This approach represents a move from small-scale [...]

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Wed, 13 Aug 2014 22:00:00 GMT
<![CDATA[Using the Transformative Power of Service Innovation in Upper Austrian Industrial Renewal ]]>

Published : Thu, 14 Aug 2014

The economy of Upper Austria is characterised by the dominance of its competitive manufacturing sector including notably the automotive, mechanical engineering, metal processing, chemicals, plastics, paper, wood and automation industries. These driving industries have made Upper Austria the most export-oriented region in the country. Since the performance of the region’s [...]

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Wed, 13 Aug 2014 22:00:00 GMT
<![CDATA[Northern Ireland - Making a Transformation through Service Innovation]]>

Published : Thu, 14 Aug 2014

Northern Ireland’s economy is evolving and regional stakeholders recognise the challenges they face in ensuring that the region’s strengths and resources are channelled into the exploitation of future opportunities. A key challenge to be addressed is a lack of effective collaboration. The region must continue to develop strategic partnerships and [...]

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Wed, 13 Aug 2014 22:00:00 GMT
<![CDATA[Luxembourg – Transforming the Healthcare Sector and becoming one of the Healthiest Nations on Earth ]]>

Published : Thu, 14 Aug 2014

Luxembourg’s progress in becoming one of the wealthiest regions in Europe was initially based on its strong steel industry, followed more recently by a boom in financial services. Nevertheless, Luxembourg needs to diversify its economy and the healthcare sector. Life sciences especially represent an interesting opportunity for the region but [...]

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Wed, 13 Aug 2014 22:00:00 GMT
<![CDATA[Fostering ICT and Logistics Service Innovation in Emilia-Romagna ]]>

Published : Thu, 14 Aug 2014

The region of Emilia-Romagna is well known for its automotive and motorcycle industries, food production and the ceramic industry, all of which have developed in the form of large and successful industrial districts spread over the entire region. Demand for services is strong but the market for services is fragmented [...]

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Wed, 13 Aug 2014 22:00:00 GMT
<![CDATA[Call for proposals: Cluster Excellence Programme]]> Published : Wed, 30 Jul 2014

The overall objective of this Call for proposals is to pursue the EU efforts aimed to strengthen cluster management excellence in the EU as a way to provide more professional business services to European SMEs through clusters and therefore contribute to the development of more world-class clusters in the [...]

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Tue, 29 Jul 2014 22:00:00 GMT
<![CDATA[155 small firms to receive funding in first wave of grants under EU SME Instrument]]> Published : Thu, 24 Jul 2014

The European Commission today announces the first results of its new €3 billion SME Instrument, launched under Horizon 2020 to help innovative small firms get ideas from the lab to the market.

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Wed, 23 Jul 2014 22:00:00 GMT
<![CDATA[COSME: Agreement signed which will boost funding opportunities for SMEs ]]>

Published : Tue, 22 Jul 2014

Small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) in Europe will soon have access to up to € 25 bn of additional finance, as a result of an agreement signed today between the European Commission and the European Investment Fund (EIF).

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Mon, 21 Jul 2014 22:00:00 GMT