European partnership to boost business contacts

European partnership to boost business contacts

Businesses in the region are being encouraged to work together and share knowledge after a recent partnership between the North East Business and Innovation Centre (BIC) and the European Union.

The Erasmus for Young Entrepreneurs programme, funded by the European Commission, offers those in the early stages of a start up to spend three or four months in an overseas business.

The programme will also give North East businesses the opportunity to welcome a European entrepreneur to work with them.

Louise Hardy, BIC’s business development manager, described her excitement regarding the venture: “The programme is fundamentally about breaking down barriers, encouraging businesses to cross borders and adopt an entrepreneurial mind-set, something the BIC has endorsed for over 20 years.”

Thanks to the European Commission’s involvement, companies involved will benefit from broadening their network of contacts and a greater wealth of fresh, alternative ideas.