‘Business beyond borders’ Hailed as a Great Success
Posted by fidest press agency su venerdì, 3 marzo 2017
Madrid. The first Business Beyond Borders (BBB) event is ‘a great initative’ said Spanish Secretary of State for Energy, Mr Daniel Navia. The Secretary of State opened proceedings at the first BBB event, which took place at Genera, Madrid (28th February – 1st March).
Speaking at the event, Mr Navia said: “It is very important to have this opportunity for all of us to work together today. So let me express my thanks to Business Beyond Borders and to IFEMA for organising the event here in Madrid.Speaking specifically on EU energy targets, the Secretary of State said: “As all of you here today know, we are in a transition phase; transformation of how our energy systems are going to work in the future, and a shift towards more efficient and more sustainable systems. This will be a shared effort – between Member States and between enterprises, the firms involved, users, and society at large. It is a very important debate, and I encourage you all to participate as broadly as possible together with our Ministry.”
BBB is a new European Commission-funded initiative, which will help EU businesses to expand regionally and globally. By facilitating a series of Business-to-Business (B2B), Cluster-to-Cluster (C2C), and Business-to-Cluster (B2C) matchmaking events at the top international trade fairs around the world, the aim of the initiative is for new international business partnerships to be formed and deals to be brokered.Over 300 participants from more than 200 SMEs and 20 countries registered for the event; resulting in over 900 B2B/C2C/B2C matchmaking meetings. Mr José Luís Bonet Ferrer, President of the Spanish Chamber of Commerce, said: “It was very clear to me that businesses participating in the Business Beyond Borders programme benefited greatly from the comprehensive range of services that Business Beyond Borders supplied to ensure the participants were event-ready, including help with developing a high-quality partnership proposal, pre-selection of potential business contacts, and arrangement of one-to-one business-to-business meetings.”Mr Federico Morán, Director of Fundación para el Conocimiento madri+d – one of the local partners of the BBB event in Madrid, said: “We are striving to bridge the gap between research and enterprise, and to turn ideas into business. Events such as Business Beyond Borders, which connect companies which may otherwise not cross paths, is an excellent example of a means to achieve this aim.”Arnaldo Abruzzini, Chief Executive Officer of EUROCHAMBRES, said: “We were very pleased by the response to the first iteration of the Business Beyond Borders initiative, and expect that future events will be even more successful. As the programme develops, it will help European SMEs overcome some of the barriers to internationalising their businesses, and initiate their entry into new markets from Australia and South Africa to India, Chile, Iran, and beyond, with the ultimate goal of increasing economic growth within and outside Europe. It is an ambitious programme, but one which we know will have a real impact for European SMEs wishing to expand their business beyond their own borders.”