Partners of Early Warning Europe

The consortium is composed of three groups of organisations: 1) Mentor organisations with substantial experience in providing support to companies in distress, 2) national or regional organisations that intend to implement EW mechanisms in the four target countries (Poland, Italy, Greece and Spain) and finally 3) organisations that are responsible for supporting the pan-European communication and dissemination activities of the project.  

The Polish Agency for Enterprise Development (PARP)

The Polish Agency for Enterprise Development (PARP) is a state agency successfully supporting entrepreneurs for over 12 years. The primary objective of our activity is to develop the sector of small and medium-sized enterprises in Poland. PARP is responsible for distribution of billions of euros from the State budget and European Funds for research, development and innovation and skills and adaptability of both managers and employees, internationalization of SME’s, e-business and regional development.

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Fundacja Firmy Rodzinne (Family Businesses Foundation)

Fundacja Firmy Rodzinne is a not-for-profit organization founded in 2011, which integrates the family businesses community, rises awareness of issues concerning those types of businesses, their owners and employees. The FBF initiates activities such as seminars, workshops and conferences exclusively for family businesses, offering a unique forum and platform for communication, experience sharing and learning.

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Katarzyna Gierczak-Grupińska

FFR

kasia.gierczak@gelg.pl;kasia@ffr.pl

Katarzyna Gierczak-Grupińska

Eleni Tzoka Stecka

FFR

eleni@ffr.pl

Eleni Tzoka Stecka

Grzegorz Symotiuk

FFR

grzegorz@tax-symotiuk.pl

Grzegorz Symotiuk

Team U

TEAM U - Restart gGmbH is a non-profit organisation that offers cost-free support to all people facing bankruptcy or financial crisis (consumer and entrepreneurs). As a nongovernmental organisation we are politically, economically and religiously independent. We want to support the dialogue between parties involved when SMEs are in crisis, such as debtors, creditors, courts, liquidators, public bodies, and government. We promote a culture of giving a Second Start to honest entrepreneurs and encourage entrepreneurship by supporting start-ups through coaching and guidance.

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Attila von Unruh

Team U

avunruh@team-u.de

Attila von Unruh

Jürgen Blass

Team U

j.blass@team-u.de

Jürgen Blass

Federación Nacional de Asociaciones de Trabajadores Autónomos (ATA)

The National Federation of Self-Employed workers and small entrepreneurs Associations in Spain - ATA Federation - was founded in 2000, as a backbone initiative to unify all the concerns related to self-employment and act on behalf of self-employed workers and entrepreneurs to defend their specific interest and needs. Today ATA Federation is recognized as the major employer association representing self-employed workers and small entrepreneurs in Spain as it represents 440,459 self-employed workers and entrepreneurs, incorporates 258 member organizations and has representative agreements with other 37 organizations.

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Celia Ferrero

ATA

cferrero@ata.es

Celia Ferrero

Elena Melgar

ATA

emelgar@ata.es

Elena Melgar

Small Enterprises’ Institute of the Hellenic Confederation of Professionals, Craftsmen, and Merchants (IME GSEVEE)

Since 1919, the Hellenic Confederation of Professionals, Craftsmen, and Merchants (GSEVEE) has been representing employers of small enterprises and self-employed professionals with business activity in manufacturing, trade and provision of services. GSEVEE is the largest organisation representing a large number of small enterprises at both local and sectoral level. It incorporates 59 local and 30 sectoral federations, in which participate 1,100 unions, featuring approximately 140,000 registered members - natural persons (entrepreneurs).

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Georges Thanopoulos

IME GSEVEE

thanopoulos@gsevee.gr

Georges Thanopoulos

Eurochambres

EUROCHAMBRES is the Association of European Chambers of Commerce and Industry. EUROCHAMBRES represents over 20 million businesses in Europe through 43 national associations of chambers of commerce and industry, two transnational chamber organisations and a European network of 1,700 regional and local chambers. More than 93% of these businesses are small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs). Chambers’ member businesses employ over 120 million. EUROCHAMBRES started in February 2016 coordinating a project called PRE-SOLVE (PREventing business failure and inSOLVEncy) co-funded by the European Commission (DG Justice). PRE-SOLVE is a large-scale project implemented by Chambers of Commerce in 8 countries (BE, BG, CY, CZ, FR, IT, SP, RO).

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European Small Business Alliance (ESBA)

The European Small Business Alliance (ESBA) is a non-party political group, which cares for small business entrepreneurs and the self-employed and represents them through targeted EU advocacy and profiling activities. The Alliance represents almost one million small businesses and covers 35 European countries. The two main pillars in ESBA's lobbying are access to Finance and Better Regulation. ESBA is one of the main EU business organisations in Brussels and lobbies on behalf of SMEs, particularly micro and small businesses on a very wide-ranging array of topics, from data protection to chemicals regulations to the Digital Single Market. Anything that might affect SMEs, is covered by our activities.

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Patrick Gibbels

ESBA

patrick@gibbelspa.eu

Patrick Gibbels

Regional Government of Madrid

The Self-Employment, Social Economy and Corporate Social Responsibility Unit of the Government of the Community of Madrid reports directly to the Deputy Ministry of Finance and Employment of Madrid. Its responsibilities include 1) The promotion of self-employment, entrepreneurship, social economy and coordination of the activities taking place in these matters, and 2) The design, implementation and promotion of public policies and programs to promote self-employment, social economy and entrepreneurial culture. The Government of the Community of Madrid has located autonomous and entrepreneurs at the centre of the economic policy.

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Unione Industriale di Torino

Unione Industriale Torino is the largest business association of Turin area (north-west Italy) belonging to the national one named Confindustria. It has more than 2.000 associated firms (both large and SMEs). On a strategic / lobby level it represents and protects the interests of the industrial world besides policy-makers, regulatory bodies and all the other multi-level bodies involved in everyday firm activities. It is also a “consulting” entity because it can speak up on behalf of numerous corporations.

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Athens Chamber of Tradesmen

The Athens Chamber of Tradesmen is a public entity founded in 1925. It is the Chamber with the largest number of members in Greece: more than 100.000 active members in the commerce and services sector. The Athens Chamber of Tradesmen is a statutory advisory body of the Government on issues pertaining its members and the National economy in general. The Chamber also provides its members with continuously improved services adapted to their specific needs, including introducing new services based on programmes and initiatives from other countries.

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UEAPME

UEAPME is the employers’ organisation representing the interests of European crafts, trades and SMEs at EU level. UEAPME is a recognised European Social Partner. It is a non-profit seeking and non-partisan organisation. As the European SME umbrella organisation, UEAPME incorporates 67 member organisations from 34 countries consisting of national cross-sectorial SME federations, European branch federations and other associate members, which support the SME family. UEAPME represents about 12 million enterprises, which employ around 55 million people across Europe.

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Véronique Willems

UEAPME

v.willems@ueapme.com

Véronique Willems

DYZO

Dyzo has more than 8 years of experience in helping self-employed in the three phases of peril:
1) When there is still a company that needs urgent attention. The aim is saving the business, if still possible, or delivering essential information which enables the entrepreneur to decide on the end of the business.
2) When the decision on the end of the business is made, assisting the entrepreneur with advice on essentials that make survival possible. Being available and supportive is important in this phase.
3) When the old company had gone down, supporting economical reintegration of the former entrepreneur with advice on paths that have proven their worth. This is also the moment to learn from the past.

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CECOT

Cecot is an Entrepreneur's Association covering several economic sectors. Our role is to represent the member guilds and associations interests and extend its influence to the public sector and social institutions. We offer services and professional advice for enhancing the associate companies’ competitiveness. Our main goal is to promote activities, initiatives or original ideas that contribute to improve business performance and economic growth. Cecot represents 5.800 member associated companies, 66.0000 represented companies, in 38 business associations. Through its training area, Cecot offers more than 700 courses and seminars yearly, having more than 6.500 trainees and more than hours 30.000 of training in the last 5 years.

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Oriol Alba Sendra

CECOT

oriol.alba@reempresa.org

Oriol Alba Sendra

Amparo Martín Bonig

CECOT

amparo.martin@cecot.org

Amparo Martín Bonig

Danish Business Authority

Danish Business Authority is responsible for developing, running and coordinating initiatives aimed at promoting the growth conditions for Danish entrepreneurs and enterprises. This includes the Early Warning programme, which was launched in 2007. Danish Business Authority is the Danish Government’s representative in the Network of SME Envoys set up in 2011.

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Kasper Juel Gregersen

DBA

kasgre@erst.dk

Kasper Juel Gregersen

Helle Holtsø

DBA

helhol@erst.dk

Helle Holtsø

Business Development Centre Central Denmark

Business Development Centre Central Denmark (in Danish: Væksthus Midtjylland) is a non-profit organisation, established to help both national and foreign entrepreneurs and SMEs in the Central Denmark region. Business Development Centre Central Denmark is partly financed by national and regional authorities and employs around 60 people - roughly 30 of these are business consultants. Business Development Centre Central Denmark has managed the Early Warning programme in Denmark since 2007.

Casper Steenfeldt-Møller

AARHUS

csm@vhmidtjylland.dk

Casper Steenfeldt-Møller

Anna Maria Sønderholm

AARHUS

ams@vhmidtjylland.dk

Anna Maria Sønderholm

Kathrine Danielsen

AARHUS

kd@vhmidtjylland.dk

Kathrine Danielsen

Elmira Alija Richard

AARHUS

elr@vhmidtjylland.dk

Elmira Alija Richard

Michael Lynge Hansen

AARHUS

mlh@vhmidtjylland.dk

Michael Lynge Hansen

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