International Impact

Across the UK, our members undertake hundreds of enterprise support programmes and projects each year.

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NEN seeks out national contract programmes with a view to channelling the delivery through our membership.

 

In addition to our work in the UK, we have collaborated on pan-European projects with international reach and impact, encouraging our members to get involved at every opportunity.

These projects have been funded by Erasmus+. Click on project to access the free resources that NEN has helped to develop with our European partners. Scroll down to read more about each project. 

Current Projects

Completed Projects

 

 

 

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Ambition to Employ

Funded through the European Commission and supported by Erasmus+, NEN are one of six European partners on this programme. Ambition to Employ aims to equip sole traders with the knowledge, ability and confidence they need to transition from a sole-trader to hiring a first employee. A new training model will be developed which will strengthen and update VET systems to ensure that practical assistance and education strategies are available to solo entrepreneurs – enabling them to capitalise on their ability to create jobs and deliver wider economic growth. Other programme partners include Banbridge District Enterprise Limited (BDEL). Brussels based innovation centre – Centro Europeo de Empresas e Innovación de Burgos (CEEI Burgos), Irish training organisation – Momentum, creator of online, immersive educational environments – European E-Learning Institute (EUEI), and a Polish organisation aiming to promote entrepreneurial thinking and mindset – Szersza Perspektywa (Broader Perpsective).

www.ambitiontoemploy.eu

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BEGIN Blockchain

NEN are one of six partners on this Erasmus+ funded programme. Working across Europe, the programme aims to enable SME and entrepreneurs to benefit from blockchain technology by upskilling enterprise educators. Three practical resources will be created for SME Managers and entrepreneurs:

  • a Guide to Blockchain Skills Development for SMEs and Start-ups,
  • a suite of problem-based learning resources designed for use by entrepreneurship educators in small groups or coaching scenarios
  • an online course.

NEN will be working alongside Irish training organisation Momentum, Netherlands-based partner University Industry Innovation Network – UIIN, Spain’s Universidad de Alcala, Estonia’s University of Tartu and creator of online, immersive educational environments European E-Learning Institute (EUEI).

 

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Digital Crossroads

NEN are one of four partners on this Erasmus+ funded programme. Working across Europe, the programme aims to enable SME managers to improve the digital wellbeing of their employees. Two practical resources will be created for SME Managers and Business Advisor – a Digital Wellbeing Pathway Creator (an interactive online tool for SME managers, enabling an evaluation of the strengths and weaknesses of their employee’s digital wellbeing) and a Digital Crossroads Training Programme. NEN will be working alongside Irish training organisation Momentum, German-based educational consultancy Education Mobility Grid! (EMG) and creator of online, immersive educational environments European E-Learning Institute (EUEI).

 

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Digital Change Makers

NEN are one of six partners on this Erasmus+ funded programme. Working across Europe, the programme aims to harness the digital revolution by ensuring that the potential of these technologies, particularly among early-stage entrepreneurs and SMEs, is fulfilled. Business Advisors and Trainers will be up-skilled to become Digital Change Makers. Entrepreneurs and SME clients supported by a Digital Change Maker could achieve greater success in growing their businesses, potentially leading to direct economic benefits such as increased employment opportunities and broader economic growth. Led by local enterprise agency Omagh Enterprise, other programme partners include one of the largest VET college in the northern Netherlands – Noorderpoort Vocational Training College, creator of online, immersive educational environments – European E-Learning Institute (EUEI), Irish training organisation Momentum, and SME loan fund provider Louth County Enterprise Fund.

www.digitalchangemakers.eu

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Enabling Young Refugee Entrepreneurs (EYRE)

NEN is one of six partners on this Erasmus+ funded programme. Bringing together partners from the United Kingdom, Germany, France, Ireland, and Denmark, the overall goal of this programme is to improve access and quality of entrepreneurship education for young refugees. Led by NEN, other programme partners include Irish training organisation Momentum, London based Tern (The Entrepreneurial Refugee Network) which enables refugees to thrive through the power of their own ideas, Strasbourg based Voices of Young Refugees in Europe (VYRE) – an international network created by, with and for young refugees, KulturLife a German not-for-profit organisation, and creator of online, immersive educational environments – European E-Learning Institute (EUEI).

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Lean Innovation for Micro Enterprises (LIME)

LIME (Lean Innovation for Micro Enterprises) is a European Commission and Erasmus+ funded project bringing together six partners from the United Kingdom, Spain, Ireland, Denmark and Poland. The overall goal of this programme is to introduce the lean innovation skillset to our education systems, and by extension to our economies. Innovation is often positioned as the key for smart, sustainable and inclusive growth, but is rarely viable for micro-enterprises on account of the high costs. Lean innovation offers an alternative route. It is a methodology that works particularly well for micro enterprises because traditional innovation policies and practices are rarely viable for micro-enterprises, on account of the high investment required. By supporting micro enterprises to understand how they can innovate with less uncertainty, the lean innovation methodology enables SMEs to grow in spite of economic conditions. Other programme partners include Banbridge District Enterprise Limited (BDEL). Brussels based innovation centre – Centro Europeo de Empresas e Innovación de Burgos (CEEI Burgos), Irish software organisation training organisation – Feltech, creator of online, immersive educational environments – European E-Learning Institute (EUEI), and the Polish university – University of Szczecin.

www.leaninnovation.how

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SmartUp

NEN is one of seven partners on this Erasmus+ funded programme. Working across Europe, SmartUp aims to equip early-stage entrepreneurs and established SME owner-managers with the knowledge and skills needed to identify and interpret early warning signals of business crisis, and to take timely, corrective actions, thereby facilitating growth, or survival, in unpredictable or adverse situations. Led by NEN, other programme partners include Irish training organisation Momentum, ATA Autonomos – the National Federation of Autonomous Workers which is committed itself to representing the self-employed in Spain, the NACEC (National Association of Community Enterprise Centres) – a network of 120 community enterprise centres in the Republic of Ireland, the Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences, German-based TVW (The Vision Works) and creator of online, immersive educational environments – European E-Learning Institute (EUEI).

www.smartupproject.eu

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Start & Grow

Start & Grow is a programme run by Cavendish Enterprise and funded by the Regional Growth Fund that provides a range of pre and post start support to individuals across England looking to start a business. The programme is available to those looking to start a business which expects to employ people from its early stages and where start-up financing is required to get the venture off the ground.

National Enterprise Network is responsible for the programme in the West Midlands and Yorkshire & Humber regions, working with local members to deliver support tailored to the individual needs of the owner and the business idea; including one to one support and advice, workshops, training, mentoring and help finding funding.

Cavendish Enterprise is a group made up of six of the largest enterprise agencies across England, together with the National Enterprise Network. They are longstanding members of the business support community and are respected for their independent and impartial advice and their impeccable probity. Cavendish Enterprise has a reputation for working in close partnership with a variety of organisations from the private, public and third sectors to achieve excellent results in business enterprise.