Innovation for Growth, led by the British library supports innovative London SMEs that want to expand to new markets, launch a new project or implement a new process.
BEACON – West Wales and the Valleys, looks into the development of plant/crop bio-refinery technologies.
Fifteen Cornwall Apprenticeship Programme offers vocational training environment for disadvantaged unemployed young people and involves partners such as restaurant chef Jamie Oliver, the Watergate Bay Hotel, the local Department of Work and Pensions and Cornwall College.
Swansea City bus station – led to an increase in bus passengers and its renovation has significantly improved their travel.
The three cross-border projects address sustainability challenges and entrepreneurship:
ARBOR – where Stoke on Trent City Council participates – looks into technological solutions and regional strategies for the use of biomass. It brings together partners from Ireland, Germany, Luxemburg, the Netherlands, Belgium and the UK.
Ticket to Kyoto – with Transport for Greater Manchester among its partners – explores ways to increase urban public transport without increasing CO2 emissions.
MINI Europe – focuses on promoting entrepreneurship among under-represented groups like young people, minorities, disabled people and women.
The projects will be showcased in Brussels in October during the annual European week of Regions and Cities (Open Days 2013). Previous winners include UK projects in the North West and in Wales.