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1st Interregional Training Session and Study Visit

21st - 22nd November 2012, Barcelona (ES)

On  21st and 22nd of November, the Barcelona Chamber of Commerce hosted the Interregional Training Seminar on Business Models and Business Support Services for the INNOCRAFTS project, an Interregional cooperation project (INTERREG IVC) co-financed by the European Union, whose aim is to share and spread good practices on innovative support services for the craft sector specifically and creative sectors in general.

Over a two day programme, participants from Italy, France, Hungary, Romania, Finland, Slovakia, Ireland, Latvia, Lithuania, Bulgaria and Spain exchanged experience with an array of international experts, through a serious of round-tables, presentations, workshops and informal sessions, in order to improve knowledge on how best to unlock the potential of creative SMEs in their respective cities by promoting entrepreneurial spirit in the craft sector,

whilst providing much needed support to existing SMEs for growth and modernization of their businesses and of the sector in general.

Day 1 was held in the Auditorium of the MACBA Museum, where delegates and participants were welcomed by representatives from the Chamber of Commerce, Barcelona City Council, Barcelona County Council and the Government of Catalonia (Generalitat de Catalunya), before a series of workshops and round-tables where experts on the craft sector analysed

good practices in the area of Business Models and Business Support Services. The day was closed with a study visit of the MACBA Museum, the centerpiece of the regeneration of the historic Raval area of Barcelona.

On the second day of the event, held in the Auditorium of the Barcelona Chamber of Commerce, the focus was centered on how to transfer best practices to other regions and cities in Europe. Again the emphasis was on a didactic approach, where, during the course of workshops and presentations, participants engaged with proven practices and how best to translate these into effective policies in their regions. Day two was also closed with a study visit to another of Barcelona’s cultural centers, Gaudi’s Pedrera, where participants explored of ways to valorize their existing cultural heritage

Additional information

INTERREG IVC

European Union