One Stop Shop
The OSS project will work towards the main objective; Improve policies for SMEs competitiveness by enhancing advisory support services for first-time entrepreneurs.
OSS want to build a complete ecosystem for the entrepreneur starting a new business. Every partner will contribute expertise and best practices from their First Line Service (FLS) system, and when OSS is finished, the Toolbox of experience and expertise will be presented.
Together, OSS will enhance an advisory support service adapted to the needs of the entrepreneur. With the experience in each partners policy, and stakeholders from different levels to participate in changing the policy affecting our main objective, we anticipate changing the different regions advisory services.
OSS will look at the possibility to make the advisory services more accessible with the evolvement of digital capabilities.
SME Competitiveness Business support packages.
Main features: Utilizing ERDF to provide support for startups, rural diversification programme, Innovation network and research/development, business support programmes. Each Local Enterprise Partnership area sets its objectives reflecting overarching ERDF priorities and then introducing local conditions. The priority objective areas are common to each ERDF strand.
Why: Public policy recognizes the importance of new businesses and supporting entrepreneurs, but there is not enough focus on the urban/rural different agendas, and also a lack of a cohesive programme across our region.
The LEP model, which is the local voice of government in all the regions of UK England and Wales, all have a separate approach. While this is welcome in terms of reflecting local needs, it also breeds duplication of efforts and fragmentation in support services for first-time entrepreneurs, when a cohesive joined-up approach would bring a more dynamic and cost-effective solution.
This project gives us a wider base of knowledge and comparison to influence policy across our region related to start-up and entrepreneur policy.
County Councils and local authorities can provide an element of support for entrepreneurs but funding is limited and not strategically delivered across the region. ESIF allow significant investment in first-time entrepreneur programmes. An amount of 4 MEUR is estimated to be influenced by this project.
- 2nd Newsletter of OSS project (May 2019) One of the most important goals of the project is to improve the SME competitiveness policy by strengthening advisory support services for novice entrepreneurs. As a result, a complete ecosystem will be built for entrepreneurs who want to enter the market with their activities. The second semester of the project is coming to an end. Therefore, we would like to introduce to you what happened during this semester.
- 1st Newsletter of OSS project (November 2018) This project is looking to support creating an attractive, tailor-made ecosystem for start-ups. The aim of our project is to improve the growth of SMEs, entrepreneurs’ skills and overcome numerous barriers.
EU FUNDING SET TO HELP SUPPORT BUSINESS START-UP PROGRAMMES IN HAMPSHIRE
A new EU funded programme is set to help business support agencies to develop new ideas to help entrepreneurs n Hampshire.
Where is support offered?
At the end of the programme, a Toolbox of Experience and Expertise will be made available to the public.