Categories: Business and Market Development, Other forms of Funding

The South-East Regional Authority (SERA) recently hosted very
successful Interreg project meetings and a thematic seminar with
partners from across Europe over 2 days in Waterford City, June 13th &
14th . Held in Waterford City Hall, SERA was pleased to welcome
partners from Greece, Spain, Germany, Poland, Lithuania, Slovenia,
Hungary, England and Scotland to discuss and exchange knowledge
around the difficulties facing SMEs and micro-enterprises in Ireland and
across Europe. The Young SMEs project is an Interreg IVC EU project
funded under the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF),
concerned with developing strategies and instruments to support SMEs
particularly in their early years of operations and specifically in years 3
to 5 when many of the traditional supports dissipate. The ‘Young SME’
project, commenced earlier this year and will last up to 2014, and it is
hoped that will have a positive impact on SME competitiveness in the
The inaugural ‘Young SME’s’ thematic seminar was launched by
the Cathaoirleach of the South-East Regional Authority, Cllr. William
Quinn from Carlow, and included presentations on the South-East
region and the Regional Planning Guidelines 2010-2022 for the South-
East. The project partners were also addressed by the Mayor of
Waterford City, Cllr. Pat Hayes, and had the opportunity for detailed
discussions with the City Manager, Mr. Michael Walsh on the role of
Waterford city in the region and on the difficult environment for SMEs
in Waterford city. In addition, representatives from SEBIC and the
County Enterprise Boards also spoke about their roles in supporting and
developing SMEs in the South-East. The project groups were also
afforded the opportunity to visit the House of Waterford Crystal. In
concluding a very busy programme, partners visited the internationally
renowned ArcLabs Research & Innovation Centre at the WIT Campus in
Carriganore where they were met by ArcLabs Manager Tom Corcoran
and spoke with start-ups from the incubation unit including Conor Ryan
from BetaPond, and Eugene Crehan from SEEPP, presenting on ‘New
Frontiers’ a new entrepreneur development programme.
For further information contact:
– Mr. Terry O’Brien, EU Projects Officer, South-East Regional
Authority 052-

Young SMEs Waterford – Press Release



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