The RESTART consortium met the first time in person on 14 June 2022 in Pescara, Italy.

The RESTART – Resilience and Training for SMEs is an Erasmus+ cooperation partnership in the field of vocational education. The project aims at mapping how COVID-19 impacted small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) in the partner countries and based on the results, creating innovative training modules for SME staff. The overall goal is to assist SMEs to become more resilient and to respond better to unforeseen events in the future.

The partners held the online kick-off meeting in November 2021, therefore many members of the consortium just met in-person the first time in Pescara. Hana Paluska from the lead partner Slovak Business Agency (SK) opened the meeting, together with the organizing partner, Italian Development Partners (IT), represented by Mario di Martino.

The first part of the meeting focused on the results of the country mapping research, that analyzed the post-COVID economy along four megatrends: innovation and servitization, digital transformation, sustainability and localization. HÉTFA’s colleagues presented the Hungarian country report and  participated in the discussion about the future of the project’s development plan.

The final outcome of the analysis will contribute to the RESTART Innovative Business Model that will promote new and updated business solutions for SMEs in the post-COVID “new normal” economy.

The partners also discussed the next key element of the project, the RESTART Training & Tools. This training will serve SME staff to acquire new, innovative business models and empower them with skills and competences. All project partners, Slovak Business Agency (SK), HÉTFA Research Institute (HU), Italian Development Partners (IT), STEP RI (HR), IHF (BE) and Internet Web Solutions (ES) contributed to the discussion by sharing their specialized knowledge on each topic.

The meeting was closed with discussing administrative and project management tasks.

Our next step in the RESTART project will be the training development and delivery to 180 people.

Find more information about the project here.