Leading By Example

Fit4BusinessGrowth recognises the need not only to maintain the existing levels of Training and Education, but also to cultivate new skills and aptitudes required if Europe is to remain competitive in the market place and gain further opportunities.

The use and adaptation of High Performance Work Practices, Wellness Practices and Business Growth Coaching represents an opportunity to engage the target group (small and medium sized enterprises seeking high growth – SMEs) in a new and relevant, high quality, innovative work-based Vocational Education and Training (VET).

This project will stimulate a European debate about the Wellness Programmes and the use of High Performance Work Practices as a mechanism for improving SME performance. As a demonstrator project, Fit for Business Growth will be presented as a ‘blueprint’ extending the use of the Fit for Business Growth Model throughout Europe. The project will impact directly on the skills and performance of participants resulting in the transfer of learning into the workplace. It will also contribute to the professional development of VET trainers and institutes engaged in the development and delivery of the project and result in a product relevant to labour market needs.

Тhe project envisaged development of three main Intellectual Outputs:

  • IO1: Fit for Business Growth Model and Toolkit
  • IO2: Fit for Business Growth VET Training – (VET COURSE)
  • IO3: A New Strategy: Fit for Business Growth – (POLICY RECOMMENDATIONS & GUIDELINES)

There will be five multiplier events designed to ensure the effective final dissemination of the project’s Intellectual Outputs and exploitation strategy.
Each partner will host a National Conference addressing regional and national actors and representatives from key regional and national stakeholders and target groups (e.g. VET Centres and SMEs). The multiplier event/conference will involve at least 60 participants.

The conference will explore a range of key themes including:
(1) The use of Wellness in Business and High Performance Work Practices in small and medium sized enterprises;
(2) Showcasing the F4BG Model and local and regional SME participant successes;
(3) Exploring ways to build on the project results nationally and at a European level thereby contributing further to the improvement of European SMEs performance.

Planning for the conference will commence late 2016.

As part of F4BG project there are also planned dissemination and evaluation activities. VEDA is in charge of project dissemination. F4BG Project Dissemination Plan is available here.

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Project 2015-1-UK01-KA202-013654 Fit for Business Growth
Funded by national Erasmus+ UK agency

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Project Partners

The consortium implementing the Fit4BusinessGrowth project includes the following partners:

Exponential Training & Assessment Limited (Lead Partner)
Exponential Training is committed to delivering programmes that lead to professional accreditations, in a flexible and affordable environment. With a vision to create a world of high performance Managers, Coaches and Consultants regardless of geographical borders and time zones.

BEST Institut für berufsbezogene Weiterbildung und Personaltraining GmbH (BEST)
BEST is a private institute that has been providing its customers with effective support in personnel-related matters for more than 20 years now, with special emphasis on Training and Continuous Training as well as on Training and Coaching. In addition BEST provides support in the field of personnel services, especially in the field of personnel provision and recruitment. Whose approach, which is based on tailored, high-quality solutions, ensures the utmost benefit for customers.

Varna Economic Development Agency
Varna Economic Development Agency (VEDA) is a not-for-profit, non-governmental association, registered to operate in public benefit. It is located on the territory of Varna District in Bulgaria, East Europe.The agency was established in 1997 under the joint program of Varna Municipality and USAID to assist the advancement of regional economic development. Since 1998 VEDA is a member of the network of the Bulgarian Association of Regional Development Agencies and Business Centers (BARDA).

Universite de Bordeaux
Universite de Bordeaux is a provider of a broad range of high quality academic programs, from undergraduate studies to research projects. The University’s values are based on an open and humanistic philosophy, favouring the principles of freedom, creativity and responsibility in education and research.

Smart Growth for Business Consulting
Smart Growth for Business Consulting is a privately owned company focused on the development and implementation of a variety of documents both for the public and for the private sector (EU projects, strategies for the public sector, business strategies, strategies for the protection of intellectual property, marketing and communication plans, investment and (pre)feasibility studies) as well as on the design and implementation of formal and non – formal educational programs. The company is a member of the Croatian National Association of Business Consultants and the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development Small Business Support (SMS) Consultants database for Croatia.

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F4BG National Conference in Croatia
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Active Business (Free Seminar)
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The Regional Information Center – Varna and Varna Economic Development Agency (VEDA) invite you to participate in the “Active Business” Seminar. The seminar will held on 29 and 30 June 2017 at Interhotel “Cherno More”, 33 Slivnitsa Blvd, Varna During the event, VEDA will present ... Read
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