From February 2021 until December 2021 more than 8,000 small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs) from all regions of Ukraine received consulting support in COVID-19 Business Clinics. These are the results of last year’s ‘EU4Business: SME Competitiveness and Internationalisation’ programme, co-financed by the European Union and the Federal Government of Germany.
COVID-19 Business Clinics offices have been opened as a temporary measure at the beginning of the corona-crisis and proved to be a useful tool. There were clinics operating in Kharkiv, Dnipro, Lviv, Ivano-Frankivsk, Vinnytsia, Mykolaiv and Chernihiv and by having an online platform as well, they were able to cover neighbouring regions, and thus the entire territory of Ukraine. The budget of the initiative was around €350,000.
The COVID-19 Business Clinics conducted 150 group training events in total. Among the most relevant topics of individual and group consultations for the SMEs during the pandemic were marketing (25%), exports (11%), and applications for business support programmes (11%).
235 SMEs applied for the COVID-19 Consulting Voucher worth 100,000 hryvnias, with 105 selected for an award.
The programme aims to contribute to Ukraine’s COVID-19 recovery, through creating better conditions for the development of Ukrainian small and medium-sized enterprises.
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