The B2N Project (public sector organisations from Bulgaria, France, Italy, Poland, Portugal, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden and the United Kingdom) intended to improve SMEs and entrepreneurship policies in relation to the magnificent natural areas on their territories.

B2N generated decision-making frameworks that presented good practices and policy recommendations to regional and local authorities. An important part of the project was the preparation of “road maps” for each partner which defined all necessary policy tools and adjustments of policies needed to implement newly-identified good practices.

The project involved representatives of the regional authorities, entrepreneurs and independent experts. It was a key element in order to give a response to the needs of different stakeholders and to ensure that the proposed solutions will be environmental friendly.

As a result at policy level, B2N´s goal was that the SMEs and entrepreneurship policies will be improved in all partners’ regions and, in later stages, the results of the project would contribute as a model of SMEs development in natural areas to EU-wide stakeholders. This will enable to create more and better jobs by supporting the creation of new businesses, enhancing innovative SMEs, promoting higher added value services and improving business skills.

The Interregional Cooperation Programme INTERREG IVC, financed by the European Union’s Regional Development Fund, helps Regions of Europe work together to share experience and good practice in the areas of innovation, the knowledge economy, the environment and risk prevention. EUR 302 million is available for project funding but, more than that, a wealth of knowledge and potential solutions are also on hand for regional policy-makers.