Following the international conference ‘Challenges and good practices of SMEs in V4 countries’ in September 2019, in Budapest, decision-makers and policy experts will gather again to tackle the most pressing issues in the field of Small and Medium Entreprise policies. During the expert workshop – that will take place on 21-22 January 2020 in Bratislava, Slovakia – invited participants will prepare a joint policy proposal aiming to better address the challenges of small businesses in the V4 region. The workshop will also feature in-depth discussions on the current trends in the field of SMEs, namely social entrepreneurship, generational exchange and application of digital technologies. The proposal will later be disseminated widely to relevant business and policy-making platforms in order to support future strategy-setting in the SME field. The event will be hosted by the Slovak Business Agency (SBA).

In the frame of the project an online database of research organizations, scholars and universities dealing with local and regional enterprises was set up. This network aims to facilitate knowledge exchange by creating tools of communication between them. In addition, this main output of the project prepares the basis for joint thinking, articulation of interest and recommendations as well as for further joint projects in V4 countries. It is still possible to join, for that, see the details here.