Spring programme update LIME programme update In October 2019 we launched the Lean Innovation for Micro Enterprises (LIME) programme. Little did we know how big a role innovation would play in the continuing Covid-19 pandemic that has shaped the last 12 months. Across the world, accelerated innovation has been core to the survival of many SMEs and micro-enterprises. And many businesses have applied techniques that are lean in nature. About the LIME programme The overall goal of this programme is to introduce the lean innovation skillset to our education systems, and by extension to our economies. Innovation is often positioned as [...]
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Spanish Sobre Luisa Martínez: el premio hace homenaje a la baezana y mujer emprendedora Luisa Martínez, nacida en 1932 y reconocida con Medalla al Mérito en el Trabajo, otorgada por el Ministerio, entre otros muchos reconocimientos locales e internacionales. La labor de Luisa Martínez es ampliamente reconocida en la difusión de la cocina tradicional y del aceite de oliva virgen extra, así como por tratarse de un ejemplo de conciliación de la vida laboral y familiar, adelantándose a su tiempo. English Luisa Martinez is a rewarded enterpreneur from Jaen, born in 1932. Her effort has been recognized with uncountouble prizes. Among [...]
Ireland Pitched as a ‘Detox Destination for Soul-Searching Millionaires and Celebrities’ Kantar Millward Brown are a leading global research agency focusing on topics such as deeper understating of people, branding, resilience, insights, innovation, future ideas and opportunity. In 2018 they stated ‘Ireland should be pitched as a “detox destination” for millionaires and celebrities looking to ‘soul-search’ without being hassled by crowds’. They recommended that the Irish national tourism development agency (Failte Ireland) draft a plan to bring more wealthy luxury-travel seekers to these shores. The study for Fáilte Ireland, released to Fora under freedom of information laws, estimated that the global luxury travel [...]
Icelanders are lucky enough to have plenty of hot water, and they use it for many useful things, like heating their houses and bathing and have done so for quite a long time. There is just something about sitting in hot water in bad weather that sparks a sense of relaxation and enjoyment. While bathing in the hot water Icelanders have always liked doing that with each other, and to this day it is a very important part of the Icelandic culture, to go to the swimming pool, who most are geothermally heated. In Iceland, the weather is too bad for [...]
European Project Consortium Set to Enhance Corporate Social Responsibility Implementation in Small and Medium-sized Enterprises.iwsayers2021-05-12T19:13:31+00:00
European Project Consortium Set to Enhance Corporate Social Responsibility Implementation in Small and Medium-sized Enterprises. The project Interactive Interactive Corporate Social Responsibility SME Readiness Toolkit (CSR-Ready), funded under the European Commission’s Erasmus+ Programme, has been officially launched today, 1st of September 2020. Drawn from the public, private, and non-profit sector, the European project consortium consists of five organizations, namely: Tvw (Germany) Momentum Marketing Services (Ireland) European E-learning Institute (Copenhagen) University Industry Innovation Network (The Netherlands) Cámara Oficial de Comercio, Industria, Servicios y Navegación de España (Spain) The Project will run for three years, with the aim to support Small and Medium-sized [...]
Introducing the LIME programme LIME (Lean Innovation for Micro Enterprises) is an Erasmus+ project bringing together partners from the United Kingdom, Spain, Ireland, Denmark and Poland. The overall goal of this programme is to introduce the lean innovation skillset to our education systems, and by extension to our economies.What is Lean Innovation and how can it help our economies? Innovation is often positioned as the key for smart, sustainable and inclusive growth, but is rarely viable for micro-enterprises on account of the high costs. Lean innovation offers an alternative route. Download “Newsletter” LIME-Newsletter.pdf – Downloaded 86 times – 249 KB The post LIME Newsletter appeared [...]
DETOUR empowers tourism destinations to develop and embed wellbeing philosophy and capitalise on the tourism and economic benefits which follow such as increased consumer spending, additional employment opportunities and contributions to GDP. It will upskill VET educators and Tourism SME’s about the potential of wellbeing tourism as an emerging European Tourism Megatrend which can increase their competitiveness, inspire new wellbeing tourism products/services and develop even stronger unique value propositions. (VisitBritain, 2014, World Travel and Tourism Council, 2014, Deloitte, 2013). It is clear that wellbeing tourism is an expanding niche market globally, providing specific business opportunities through products that promote or maintain [...]
Although SMEs are referred to as the backbone of Europe’s economy, it is really micro enterprises (with less than 10 employees) that sustain employment and have most growth potential: 9 out of 10 SMEs are micro-enterprises, they employee one third of the workforce and produce more than 40% of economic value added (EC, Annual Report on European SMEs 2018). With innovation at the forefront of the drive for smart, sustainable and inclusive growth, it follows that innovation support and training should be focussed on the micro sector. However, innovation policy and practice -at EU and national level- is still dominated by [...]