Internationalisation is crucial for the creation of corporate value, remunerating invested resources, extending competitive edge, and grasping new opportunities and means of growth. The Chambers of Commerce system is engaged in translating the analysis of context elements into operating strategies and operating courses for the development of companies.
The internationalisation department is a point of reference for companies. It constantly prompts them and supports them in planning common Chambesr of Commerce initiatives, at the service of companies seeking new markets in which to invest.
The activities performed by the Unioncamere Emilia-Romagna with regard to internationalisation fall within the guidelines agreed with the Emilia-Romagna Region in the Frame agreement for competitiveness and a new development phase, executed for the purpose of sustaining the common endeavour of making the strategies for the support of companies on foreign markets more effective.
Unioncamere Emilia-Romagna is partner to the regional Counter for the internationalisation of Companies along with the Emilia-Romagna Region, the Ministry for Foreign Trade, SIMEST (Italian Society for Enterprises Abroad) and SACE (Foreign Trade Insurance Services).
Sprint-ER provides small and medium enterprises which want to launch out onto export markets, especially the BRICST Countries, with a valid operation-support instrument. Assistance is available over the entire regional area thanks to a network of Sprint-ER area counters, operating within each of the Chambers of Commerce or their specialised facilities.
Unioncamere Emilia-Romagna develops a Chambers of Commerce network approach, thanks to the operative backing of the Italy Empowering Agency (former Promec) and Sidi Eurosportello special agencies dedicated to internationalisation, favouring the setting up of integrated initiatives in partnership with the national Unioncamere, the Italian Chambers of Commerce abroad and mixed and Assocamerestero. The Chambers of Commerce network of the associated Offices abroad (over 30 facilities on major world markets) provides specialised assistance to export businesses.
At community level, Unioncamere Emilia-Romagna takes part in the activities of the Unioncamere office in Brussels, thus interacting with initiatives of the European institutions and of Eurochambres, the Association of European Chambers of Commerce, as well as with the Emilia-Romagna Region’s liaison office in Brussels. www.eurochambres.be
Unioncamere Emilia-Romagna is a partner of the Enterprise Europe Network within the SIMPLER inter-regional Consortium consisting of 6 organisations of Emilia-Romagna and Lombardy.
Enterprise Europe Network is a part of the European Union’s Competition and Innovation Framework Programme (CIP). This is the largest network of contact points providing information and backing to companies and helping them to fully exploit and benefit from all the opportunities offered by the European Union. Enterprise Europe Network is split into about 600 contact points (Chambers of Commerce, regional development Agencies, Technological Centres) located in nearly 50 countries able to help companies find business partners abroad, identify new technologies and community loans by taking part in tenders. They are also able to provide assistance on numerous topics such as industrial property, foreign trade and community rules and standards. Opened in 2008 by the European Commission with the aim of providing support to business activities and the growth of European companies, Enterprise Europe Network has incorporated the two previous Euro Info Centre and Innovation Relay Centre networks, and integrated their activities. Currently, the network offers, in an integrated way, the services of its two predecessors and also represents a real one-stop shop for SMEs: