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11th Feb 2010 GROW legacy report – mainstreaming sustainability across regions -

<b>GROW legacy report – mainstreaming sustainability across regions - </b>

Throughout 2007 GROW project partners were looking to the future and planning the next steps.
Partners discussed how to maximise the dissemination of results achieved, ways to encourage sub projects to continue their collaboration independently and the legacy of the GROW Programme.
This report is a signposting document to the tools, results and networks generated through the programme with preliminary information about the successor bids.

Link: www.seeda.co.uk/_documentbank/GrowLegacyReportJune2008.pdf




8th Apr 2008 Two new bids submitted under InterregIV

<b>Two new bids submitted under InterregIV </b>

Two new bids have been submitted under InterregIV; PEOPLE was submitted under Priority 1: Innovation and the knowledge economy - employment, human capital and education and POWER under Priority 2: Environment and risk prevention - energy and sustainable transport.

POWER
SEEDA will lead the POWER Mini-Programme working with 6 other partners: Malopolska (Poland), Emilia-Romagna (Italy), Noord-Brabant (Netherlands), Stockholm (Sweden), Andalucia (Spain) and the most recent addition to the partnership Tallinn (Estonia). The total budget of the mini-programme is 5.8 million Euros with a co-financing rate of 75%. The programme is scheduled to commence in July 2008 and run through December 2011.

Climate change has risen to the top of everyone’s agenda and the partners are committed to exploring the best ways of driving low carbon economies and working jointly to meet the ambitious related targets set by the EU and our national governments.

Building on what worked well in GROW, SEEDA will host the POWER Secretariat. Management activities will be coordinated through a network of Regional Correspondents, one per participating region. SEEDA will be the Lead Partner and accountable body to the European Commission for the programme.

The mini-programme will fund a maximum of 12 sub projects on the following sub themes: 1) Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energies, 2) Sustainable Transport, 3) Eco-innovation and Environmental Technologies, 4) Behaviour Change and 5) Mainstreaming with EU Structural Funds. Activites under these themes will contribute towards the reduction of each region’s ecological footprint. Results and feedback from the sub projects will inform the network of regional policy experts in their field and be used to influence policies at all levels to ensure a more integrated approach.

PEOPLE
This mini-programme involves Andalucia (Spain) as lead partner and accountable body, Venezia (Italy), Noord-Brabant (Netherlands), Malopolska (Poland), Stockholm (Sweden), Timis (Romania) and South East England (UK). The total budget of the mini-programme is nearly 4 million Euros with a co-financing rate of 75% (the UK budget is 720,000 Euros). The programme is scheduled to commence in September 2008 and run through August 2011.

The objective of the PEOPLE project is to explore the opportunities for new employment and for improving well-being and cohesion in the frame of the demographic and societal changes faced by the European regions.

Through the implementation of the mini-programme a maximum of 12 sub-projects involving local and sub-regional stakeholders will be tendered out to provide innovative ideas and solutions to demographic and societal changes faced by the European regions. The thematic sub-themes the subprojects will deliver on, are Social e-inclusion (Noord-Brabant), Silver Economy (Stockholm), Civil Society Capacity Building (Venice), ICT for health and dependency (SEE), Social Entrepreneurship (Malopolska), and Work Life Balance (Andalucia).


A decision on the two applications will be given in Autumn 2008.


Link: www.interreg4c.net/




1st Feb 2008 EU COMMISSIONER’S FIRST VISIT TO THE SOUTH EAST

<b>EU COMMISSIONER’S FIRST VISIT TO THE SOUTH EAST</b>

EU Commissioner for Regional Policy Danuta Hübner made her first visit to the South East of England to see first hand some of the most exciting regeneration projects supported by European funds in the Thames Gateway on Tuesday 29th January, 2008 as part of a two-day visit to the Greater South East.
Ms Alexander, Chief Executive of SEEDA added: “This is a fantastic opportunity for us to demonstrate with real examples our commitment to the Lisbon Strategy. We want to work with European Member States and regions to draw on the benefits for our own global competitiveness through trade, joint ventures and research projects, whilst at the same time sharing best practice and exchanging experiences.
“Sustainable development is high on the European Commission’s list of priorities for 2008 and we want to make sure we contribute to the debate by bringing our own experience from the region to the table.”


Link: www.seeda.co.uk/news_&_events/press_releases/2008/20080129.asp




22nd Oct 2007 GROW People - Planet - Profit: Mainstreaming sustainability across regions’

<b>GROW People - Planet - Profit: Mainstreaming sustainability across regions’</b>

Over 120 Business leaders and policy makers from five high-growth European regions, came together on 18 October in Brussels to discuss the results of GROW.

The conference showcased the 16 successful partner projects with over 82 organisations and companies participating in GROW. GROW began in June 2005 and runs through December of this year.

The conference, ‘GROW People - Planet - Profit: Mainstreaming sustainability across regions’ focussed on the outputs of the programme and its impact in Europe. Over 70,000 people across Europe have learned more about the new ways to approach sustainable development.

Downloads

1. Agenda of the conference
2. What is Grow? Projects Overview
3. Presentation - Grow Programme overview, Kathy Vuillaume, programme manager
4. Sustainable Development Strategy and the Cohesion Policy, Dr Jonathan Parker, European Commission – DG ENV
5. INTERREG IV Innovation and Environment, Regions of Europe sharing solutions, Erwin Siweris, INTERREG III/IV C
6. Interregional Cooperation and the Lisbon and Gothenburg Agendas - Fernando-Jose COELHO-MONIZ, Territorial Co-operation Unit, Directorate General for Regional Policy, European Commission.





8th Aug 2007 Grow Programme and subproject evaluation now available!

<b>Grow Programme and subproject evaluation now available! </b>

The GROW partners have expressed their intent to prepare a successor GROW programme, GROW 2, under the forthcoming INTERREG IVC programme.
On behalf of the GROW partnership, the South East England region has agreed to arrange an evaluation of the GROW programme, that will provide recommendations for the future GROW 2 programme. Preparation of GROW 2 will formally commence once the results of this evaluation are known. This evaluation will be accompanied by two other studies a comparative analysis of regional Policies and Strategies and an Evaluation of the sub-projects on the 3P model, the results of which will be combined with those of this evaluation once all studies/evaluations are completed.


External Evaluation of the Grow programme



3P Evaluation of the subprojects




3rd Jul 2007 GROW as UK best practice for InterregIIIC projects

<b>GROW as UK best practice for InterregIIIC projects</b>

The GROW Programme is one of the two operations selected to feature in the latest and new edition of the INTERREG III C brochure.

There are 144 organisations in the UK participating in 105 different InterregIIIC projects. The top scoring region is the South-East with 20 projects. Most projects are woking to improve policies in regional planning, territorial regeneration and urban development.

Link: www.interreg3c.net/sixcms/media.php/5/UK_20-06_FINAL.pdf




12th Jun 2007 Florispre Project represented at Green Week in Brussels 12 - 15 June 2007

<b>Florispre Project represented at Green Week in Brussels 12 - 15 June 2007 </b>

Linking with the 50th Anniversary of the Treaty of Rome, Green Week will have a look at European environment policy throughout the years and at what we need to do now in order to meet future challenges.

FLORISPRE has been rewarded and invited at Green Week 2007 exhibition by the European Commission as an example of a Good Practice in environmental awareness campaigns about flood risk prevention.

Florispre is an innovative project with a community based approach to educate citizens on flood risks, prevention and management using multimedia to raise awareness. The project involves three participating countries Spain, UK and Italy, the partners are the Empresa de Gestion Medio Ambiental SA, the Environment Agency and the Municipality of Piacenza.

PLease click here for more information on the project in Spanish

PLease click here for more information on the project in English

PLease click here for more information on the project in Italien


Link: ec.europa.eu/environment/greenweek/home.html




12th Jun 2007 Gordon Brown visits Suspurpol project

<b>Gordon Brown visits Suspurpol project</b>

Rt. Hon. Gordon Brown MP has been briefed on the success of the ‘South Hampshire Sustainable Development Policy ('SH 14’)’ delivered as a part of the GROW funded EU Project on Sustainable Construction Suspurpol following the Chancellor’s announcement on proposed new town developments in the form of ‘Eco Communities’.

Mr. Brown was visiting Southampton on May 14 to see new housing developments in the city that take into account issues surrounding climate change. Suspurpol is an international exchange of knowledge and experience on sustainable development and policies. The project aims to demonstrate the opportunities for new businesses in the renewable energy and sustainable development area across the Grow regions.

PLease click here for press release

Link: www.environmentcentre.com/SusPurPol/SusPurPolHome.php




5th Jun 2007 Employment week, 5-6 June 2007, Brussels

<b>Employment week,  5-6 June 2007, Brussels</b>

Employment Week, the leading employment and social-affairs event of the year, will takes place on 5-6 June 2007 in Brussels. The two-day conference and exhibition offers a great opportunity for practitioners and European decision-makers to connect and discuss the latest policies and trends in European employment.

- Gain comprehensive knowledge on EU employment trends and innovations
- Voice your opinion in EU debates
- Share best practice
- Network with over 800 EU officials and practitioners

"Employment Week gives organisations from across Europe the opportunity to meet and discuss their experiences of European funding as a tool for combating unemployment."
The Wise Group, UK



Link: www.employmentweek.com/index.asp




12th Mar 2007 RegioStars - The Awards for Innovative Projects

<B>RegioStars - The Awards for Innovative Projects</b>

The main objective of RegioStars 2008 is to identify good innovative practices in regional development. The aim is to highlight original and innovative projects which could be attractive and inspiring to other regions.

Regional Economies Based on Knowledge and Technological Innovation.

1. Supporting clusters and business networks
2. Technology transfer from research institutes to SMEs

Sustainable Economic Development.

3. Energy efficiency and renewable energies
4. Environmental technologies



Link: ec.europa.eu/regional_policy/cooperation/interregional/ecochange/regiostars_en.cfm?nmenu=4




12th Feb 2007 FEW workshops - 17 January / 28.02.07 in Faringdon

<b>FEW workshops - 17 January / 28.02.07 in Faringdon</b>

Nearly 75 delegates have already benefitted from the The FEW! workshops. We have had excellent feedback from the women who really appreciating the information and advice presented and given personally by Finance South East team. Some ladies have moved into the investment readiness part of the programme and one linked into Trapezia, who specifically offer finance to women, and they could obtain considerable funding for their enterprise. Did attendees feel a women to women workshop were of value? A huge majority said it was, and we have quotes that show it "offers a different focus", is "non-threatening and (puts us) at ease", and "women to women understand each other better". Our fund mapping and barriers to finance research confirmed an interesting link in the plenary sessions. Banks are less interested in funding part-time, "lifestyle "enterprises and consultancies (often womens preferred options). The research also shows that women use their own money and that of friends and family first. They prefer not to offer their homes or a personal guarantee as security, often because they jointly own their homes and would not be prepared to put the family asset at risk. We have one more workshop to run in February and it will be interesting to see if comments are similar to those already noted.

Next worshop:
FEW! Funding Enterprising Women (Faringdon)
28 February 2007
9.30am to 1.30pm
Faringdon Enterprise Gateway, Faringdon, Oxon

Free of charge with a buffet lunch
Are you:
Looking to get your business in shape for funding?
Got an appetite to start your new business?
Well, we can't promise you an amazing new diet but we can deliver:
Professional funding advice from like minded women
Winning tips to make your business idea succeed
Opportunities for networking with other business women

To attend this free half-day women only workshop, including a light buffet lunch, email Caroline Salmon at Finance South East or call 01344 758540 for a booking form.





5th Feb 2007 Trainee GROW Secretariat, Guildford, UK

<b>Trainee GROW Secretariat, Guildford, UK</b>

To support the GROW Secretariat in monitoring the 16 international projects, 82 organisations delivering the Lisbon Agenda across the 5 high performing European regions.

Trainee will be participating and assisting with the day-to-day monitoring of the INTERREG projects, involved in the preparation of ERDF grant claim for submission to the European Commission and payments to GROW partner regions and participants.

An innovative on-line monitoring system has been set up as part of the general management of the GROW programme. There are some opportunities for licensing agreements with other regions. Together with the Communication & Web Master, the trainee will be required to explore avenues to licence the on-line GROW monitoring system European wide.

Placement: between 4-6 months minimum, based in the South East England, Guildford (40 minutes from London)
Paid work- Allowance.

Please contact the Grow secretariat for additional information on grow@seeda.co.uk or pascalewaschnig@seeda.co.uk .







21st Nov 2006 Jornada Internacional sobre Construcción Sostenible

<b>Jornada Internacional sobre Construcción Sostenible</b>

El pasado 21 de noviembre se celebró en Sevilla la Jornada internacional sobre Construcción Sostenible organizada
por el Instituto Andaluz de Tecnología (IAT) en colaboración con el Colegio Oficial de Aparejadores y Arquitectos Técnicos de Sevilla (COAATSE) y la Escuela Universitaria de Arquitectura Técnica de la Universidad de Sevilla (EUAT). Esta jornada surge dentro del proyecto SUSPURPOL (Sustainable Purchasing Policies - Políticas y Planificación para una Construcción Sostenible) con el objetivo de promover el intercambio de ideas y experiencias entre expertos en sostenibilidad de las 3 regiones participantes en el mismo: South East England (Reino Unido), Malopolska (Polonia) y Andalucía (España). Durante el transcurso de la jornada se analizó la sostenibilidad en la construcción atendiendo a la configuración de su marco legal regulador, a las iniciativas existentes encaminadas a su promoción y a las propuestas
de actuación específicas planteadas por los estudiosos de la materia, es decir, se pudo mostrar una visión global de la situación en Reino Unido, Polonia y España.




7th Aug 2006 “BBAS-Bridging Business And Science”

<b>“BBAS-Bridging Business And Science”</b>

The first Study Tour of the Bridging Business and Science GROW project took place in Guildford. The meeting brought together three groups of professionals engaged in scientific research and innovation activities: university researchers, representatives of the business community and Knowledge Transfer (KT) Professionals. BBAS is a project managed by the Surrey the University of Surrey together with four reputable and experienced universities: the University Foundation for the Development
of the Province of Cordoba, Jagiellonian University, the Technical University of Eindhoven and ASTER Scienza Tecnologia Impresa -S. Cons. p.a.
The knowledge transfer activities will focus on 4 key sectors: biotechnology/health, ICT, new materials and technologies, environmental solutions. The Technology transfer mechanism will be explored amongst the participative regions and established Path Finder groups comprising businesses from targeted sectors, academic/researchers and students/recent graduates involved in the commercialisation of research. The project will result in a number of Knowledge Transfer partnerships between the regions and the increase of entrepreneurship.
Contact:
Sophie Stoss, University of Surrey, UniSdirect, Nodus Centre, Stag Hill, Guildford, Surrey, GU2 7XH, UK
Tel: +44 (0)1483689063
Email: s.stos@surrey.ac.uk

www.growbbas.com
You can download the BBAS Newsletter here





18th Jul 2006 Minister of State for the Environment and Climate Change visits the Sustainable Construction Project SUSPURPOL

The Minister of State for the Environment and Climate Change, Ian Pearson visited St Mary's Community Fire Station in Southampton on 18 July. He stressed that Local Authorities are uniquely placed to provide vision and leadership to local communities, to raise awareness and help change behaviours.

SUSPURPOL (A Blueprint for the Planning and Purchasing Policies for Sustainable Built Environment) Project involves three countries UK, Spain and Poland. The partnership involves the Environment Centre (tEC), Hampshire County Council, Cracow University of Technology and Instituto Andaluz de Technologia.

The objective of the partnership is to create a blueprint for planning and purchasing in relation to sustainable built development. The target groups of the project are local authorities and the business communities with the ambition of setting up an “international sustainable network”. The project will result in the upgrade of regional spatial and environmental policy in the three regions involved.

Click here to dowload the SUSPURPOL Newsletter !







30th May 2006 RESULTS OF THE SECOND CALL NOW AVAILABLE !

<b>RESULTS OF THE SECOND CALL NOW AVAILABLE !</b>

We are pleased to present the results of our second call:

28 multinational projects have applied for funding under the second call of the GROW Programme, from which eight projects have been approved.

All applicants will receive by the end of next week a confirmation with a feedback on the Grow steering committee decision.

Successful applicants will then be invited to a meeting at the Grow Secretariat between the 12 and 23 th of June to discuss the project and agree the terms of the contract.

To see the results of the second and first call, please click here.






16th Feb 2006 Grow Newsletter



Please click here to download the Grow Newsletter.








2nd Feb 2006 NEW TIPS ON HOW TO APPLY

<U><b>NEW TIPS ON HOW TO APPLY</B></U>

You will find additional information on how to apply in the FAQ section of the website.

We have included a State Aids declaration for private companies.




20th Jan 2006 Inclusive Growth

<b><u>Inclusive Growth</u></b>

If you are developping a project under the Inclusive Growth thematic, you will only need another partner regions for the second call !
Please contact the Grow secretariat or your regional correspondent for any additional information.




1st Dec 2005 Result of the first call

We are pleased to present the results of our first call: 24 multinational projects have applied for funding under the first call of the GROW Programme, from which eight projects have been approved. All applicants will receive shortly a confirmation with a feedback on the Grow steering committee decision.

You can download here the priorities for next call.




Theme Number Project NameRecommendation
1.1 Sustainable construction A-1.1-1 BUILDING FOR THE FUTURE.SUSTAINABLE CONSTRUCTION FOR PROFESSIONALS Recommended under conditions
1.1 Sustainable construction A-1.1-2 SUSPURPOL - A BLUE PRINT FOR THE PLANNING AND PURCHASING POLICIES FOR SUSTAINABLE BUILT DEVELOPMENT Recommended under conditions
1.1 Sustainable construction A-1.1-3 PPSC - A PILOT PROGRAMME FOR SUSTAINABLE CONSTRUCTION Recommended under conditions
1.1 Sustainable construction A-1.1-4 SORBIOLAND - SORBIOLAND, IMPULSING BIO HOUSES IN EUROPE Not Recommended
1.5 Resource management A-1.5-1 SPRoB- SUSTAINABLE PRACTICE FOR THE REFURBISHMENT OF BUILDINGS Not Recommended
1.5 Resource management A-1.5-2 AGUADAIRA - WATER MANAGEMENT AND GOVERNANCE Not Recommended
1.7 Flood risk management A-1.7-1 FLORISPRE- CITIZEN FLOOD RISK PREVENTION Recommended under conditions












Theme Number Project Name Recommendation
2.1 Incubation B-2.1-1 GROWENTERPRISE -SUPPORT IN CREATION AND DEVELOPMENT OF HIGH TECHNOLOGY COMPANIES Recommended under conditions
2.1 Incubation B-2.1-2 European Creative Incubators Project Not Recommended
2.2 Culture of entrepreneurship B-2.2-1 ENT-ED - ENTREPRENEURSHIP EDUCATION Not Recommended
2.2 Culture of entrepreneurship B-2.2-2 Quality strategies for start-up of business Not Recommended
2.3 Cluster B-2.3-1 RE.P.&AT. CLUSTERS - REGIONS FOR PROSTHETIC AND ASSISTIVE TECHNOLOGY CLUSTERS Not Recommended
2.4 Technology transfer B-2.4-1 NATT - NOVEL APPROACH TO TECHNOLOGY TRANSFER Not Recommended
2.4 Technology transfer B-2.4-2 BBAS - BRIDGING BUSINESS AND SCIENCE Recommended under conditions
2.4 Technology transfer B-2.4-3 MOTEK - MARKET ORIENTED TOOLS FOR THE ECONOMY OF KNOWLEDGE Not Recommended
2.5 Trading B-2.5-1 GROWING TRADE AND INNOVATION - INCREASING TRADE AND EXCHANGING BEST PRACTICE AND INNOVATION BETWEEN 3 HI-GROWTH REGIONS Recommended under conditions
2.6 High quality workforce B-2.6-1 RESJOB - PREPARING TO DEVELOPMENT AN EMPLOYMENT IN RENEWABLES ENERGIES, SAVINGS, AND EFFICIENT ENERGY FIELD Not Recommended
2.6 High quality workforce B-2.6-2 ETNA- NETWORK - ETNA INTERNATIONAL NETWORK OF CENTRES OF ENTERPRISE PERSONNEL COMPETENCIES ANALYSIS Not Recommended



Theme Number Project Name Recommendation
3.1 Human resource management C-3.1-1 CSR GROW EUROPE- CORPORATE SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY GROW EUROPE Not Recommended
3.2 Urban Renaissance C-3.2-1 INCLUSIVE COMMUNITIES; CONNECTED COUNTRIES Not Recommended
3.4 Social enterprises C-3.4-1 INCLUSIVENET - TRANSNATIONAL NETWORK FOR SOCIAL ENTERPORISES CREATION Not Recommended
3.4 Social enterprises C-3.4-2 SOCIAL ON BUSINESS - A MODEL OF ENTREPRENEURSHIP FOR THE SOCIALLY EXCLUDED Recommended under conditions
3.5 Public-private-community partnerships C-3.5-1 RE&RE, PUBLIC RESPONSIBILITY, PRIVATE RESPONSIBILITY: SOCIAL INCLUSION IN THE FRAME OF THE COMPANIES ETHIC Not Recommended
3.5 Public-private-community partnerships C-3.5-2 P&SE PROJECT - PARTNERSHIPS AND SOCIAL ENTERPRISE RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT PROJECT Not Recommended







30th Sep 2005 THE FIRST CALL IS CLOSED

<b><u>THE FIRST CALL IS CLOSED</u></b>

The deadline for submission of bids was the 30th of September.

The Grow secretariat will be informing project leaders of the outcome of your proposal in December. This will take the form of either a letter giving approval, subject to contract, or a letter informing you that you have not been successful on this occasion.








24th Jun 2005 The Grow Programme is launched!

<b><u>The Grow Programme is launched!</u></b>

Around 200 project managers from the 5 high Growth GROW regions gathered in Seville to find out more about the Grow programme. The event was opened by the presentation of the Minister of Social Affair of Andalusia and followed by a series of workshops on the 3 themes.




9th Jun 2005 First International Steering Committee

<b><u>First International Steering Committee</u></b>

Grow's first International Steering Committee took place in Oxford on the 9th of June.