The Enterprise Europe Network in the South East is a consortium of four organisations all with extensive experience of supporting businesses. The partners are BSK CiC, University of Greenwich, EISC and Oxford Innovation . The Network was established in 2008 by the European Commission to support businesses wanting to expand their trade across the EU and beyond.
BSK-CiC is a Community Interest Company (CIC) with an outstanding 15 year track record of delivering UK and European funded programmes across the South East of England and Northern Europe. It is dedicated to supporting Small and Medium Size Enterprises (SMEs) to develop and grow. Over the last five years BSK-CiC has worked with over 20,000 businesses across Kent, the South East and London - helping high growth companies to innovate, take opportunities in a developing low carbon market, and in internationalising their product offers.
EISC Ltd has over 20 years ‘hands on’ experience in helping SMEs trade with Europe, especially public sector contracts in the EU.
As part of the South East ‘Enterprise Europe Network’ consortium, EISC has helped small businesses find commercial partners and facilitated cross border technology partnering.
With a joint background covering the private and public sectors, the EISC team recognises that the needs of Small and Medium Enterprises are very different from those of big business; particularly in terms of time and resource constraints. The service that EISC provides is tailored to meet their individual needs.
In addition to providing information and advice on winning tenders and obtaining grants the EISC team has expanded its service to give assistance to SMEs in developing EU business partnerships, accompanying SMEs to matchmaking events, and organising workshops to help them bid for EU tenders and grants.
University of Greenwich
University of Greenwich has a track-record in stimulating business innovation and growth and commercialisation activity in the SME sector. It provides business support, consultancy, and analytical services; strong KTP programmes and a vibrant network of support for start up firms. It founded the Medway Enterprise Hub, jointly operates the Medway Innovation Centre and is an associate member of the European Business Network. Greenwich spinouts are recognised through industry awards, successfully raising investment funding. It was a founder member of the Kent and Medway Innovation and Growth Team partnership and manages a Technology Transfer Network for high growth business, comprising universities and research and technology organisations from across the South East. Their School of Engineering based in Medway is a leading regional centre for the advanced engineering and manufacturing sectors, offering a flexible framework for University-to-business interaction.