European Enterprise Promotion Awards 2014

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Since 2006, the European Enterprise Promotion Awards have rewarded excellence in promoting entrepreneurship and small businesses at a national, regional and local level. Over 2500 projects have entered since the awards were launched and together they have supported the creation of well over 10.000 new companies. Its objective is to identify and recognize successful activities and initiatives undertaken to promote enterprise and entrepreneurship, showcase and share examples of best entrepreneurship policies and practices, create a greater awareness of the role entrepreneurs play in European society and encourage and inspire potential entrepreneurs. The competition has two stages; applicants must first compete at the national level and will then be eligible to compete at the European level. For the national competition, each country will select two entries to be nominated for the European competition by May 2014. A shortlist of nominees will be chosen by the European jury. All nominees from the national and European competitions will be invited to attend the Awards ceremony, which recognises the winners for their efforts and gives them the opportunity to present themselves in a pan-European environment. In April 2014, the Regional Development Fund of Western Macedonia participated in the contest with DESUR Project, in the category ‘Responsible and Inclusive Entrepreneurship’. In the Application Form submitted to the contest, the activities and results of DESUR were presented. Specifically, the Application Form included information about the meetings held during the project, about the studies for the selection of good practices in CSR issues, as well as a detailed examination of the reasons that prevent the application of CSR principles by businesses. Particular emphasis was placed on staff exchanges, which aimed at the transfer of good practices and the creation of partnerships between institutions and businesses of western Macedonia with the respective Regions involved in the project. A brief description of the responsible SMEs and institutions of Western Macedonia, whose participation was particularly important for the project followed. More specifically, the following businesses / organizations had direct involvement in the project:
  1. Alfa Koukoutaris
  2. Voyatzis Estate
  3. Alfa Estate
  4. Domain Karanika
  5. Products Land Voiou
  6. ΒΙΟΡΑΝ Kourellas
  7. Ditsios S.A.
  8. Pitenis Bros S.A.
  9. Agricultural Cooperative DIMITRA
  10. Agricultural Cooperative ASEPOP
  11. Naoumidis Processing Unit
  12. Agricultural Cooperative Pelekanos
  13. Chamber of Commerce of Florina
  14. Development Company of Western Macedonia - ΑΝΚΟ
  15. University of Western Macedonia
In May 2014, after the evaluation of the submitted application form, the proposal of the Regional Development Fund for the European Project DESUR was selected to represent Greece in the European Competition for the Promotion of Entrepreneurship Awards 2014 in the category 'Responsible and Inclusive Entrepreneurship'. Winners will receive their prizes during a ceremony at the 2014 SME Assembly in Naples, Italy, on 2-3 October. The Region of Western Macedonia through the Regional Development Fund and European Projects uses every opportunity to promote entrepreneurship in the region and also to highlight the competent and productive businesses which are distinguished for their products and services in Greece and abroad.