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Points of View:

Why and how does a business support organisation become a member of the Enterprise Europe Network?

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Serving the Burgundy region of France, the Chambre Regionale de Commerce et d’Industrie (CRCI de) Bourgogne had been part of the Euro Info Centre (EIC) network since the programme started with the purpose of informing and assisting SMEs with the single market in 1989. CRCI Bourgogne also participated as early as 1993 in the Value Relay Centre pilot programme which itself became the Innovation Relay Centre network from 1995 onwards.

The IRC network’s purpose was to match technological requirements with new technologies. CRCI Bourgogne led a two-partner consortium in 1995. By 2004, this had grown to 10 partners thanks to the network’s popularity and CRCI’s Bourgogne’s hard work. “We have therefore built up lots of experience and competencies with both tools and skilled staff,” says Volle. “Because the EIC and IRC were held in such high regard, it seemed logical that we would benefit by bidding to be part of the new Enterprise Europe Network in early 2007.”