SMEs represent 99% of all enterprises in the BSR and provide up to 70% of all jobs, being an important economic but also socio-cultural factor for sustainable development of the region. SMEs present the biggest potential for the employment and job creation in the BSR also in future. QUICK aims at unleashing this potential to its full extent by addressing the following challenges undermining the competitiveness of the BSR SMEs:
– limited benefit from innovation processes and R&D solutions
– low qualification of entrepreneurs and employees, and the labour force in general
– limited internationalisation of SMEs and difficulties in accessing new markets
– lack of strategic support for SME development in the framework of regional and national policies.

QUICK offers structured and coordinated approach to increase the innovation potential of BSR SMEs. The BSR level cooperation between the SME promoters and universities is established and enhanced.

Cluster based cooperation is used to facilitate development and implementation of R&D solutions in SMEs, as well as upgrade the existing vocational and academic training programmes. Cooperation of SME promoters, universities, decision makers and public administrations is used to develop comprehensive SME support strategies and put them into action on local, regional, national, BSR and EU level.

The particular outcomes of the project will be:
– establishment of the permanent network of the BSR universities dealing with innovation and R&D, the Baltic Sea Academy
– continuous cooperation between the network of the SME promoters (chambers and associations) of the BSR, the university network and the decision makers and public administrations in the field of innovation support in SMEs: joint identification of innovation clusters, mapping of competence centres in the BSR, development of cluster strategies
– qualification upgrade of entrepreneurs, SME employees and potential employees by developing and implementing 3 new and transfer of 5 existing advanced training courses
– establishing structured cooperation between the SMEs and the universities as R&D service providers to promote development and implementation of new product/service, technology, process and organisation related solutions in the SMEs
– improvement of services provided by the SME promoters by establishing web based networking platforms, ICT tools, developing methodological and practical guides
– improvement of the overall SME related policy framework by developing and implementing BSR wide strategies for three policy areas: economy, education, regional development and spatial planning.

Norsk prosjekteier

Næringslivets Hovedorganisasjon


17.09.2009 - 16.12.2012


Norsk bidrag: 433 690 Kjell

Total: 3 688 000 €

Andre partnere

Chamber of skilled crafts Cottbus
Hamburg Chamber of Skilled Crafts and small businesses
Chamber of Crafts Ostmecklenburg-Vorpommern
Schwerin Chamber of Skilled Crafts
Hamburg University of Corporate Education
University 21 non-profit limited Liability Company
Ministry for urban development and environment, Hamburg
Chamber of Craftmanship and Enterprises Białystok
Kujawy and Pomorze Chamber of Crafts and SMEs
Pomerian Chamber of Handicrafts for SME’s
The Craft Chamber in Lodz
Handicraft and Small Business Chamber in Lublin
Chamber of Craft in Opole
Warmia & Mazury Chamber of Craft and Entrepreneurship
The Chamber of Handicraft Middle Pomerania in Słupsk
Chamber of Craft Small and Medium Enterprises in Szczecin
Chamber of Crafts of Mazovia, Kurpie and Podlasie Regions in Warsaw
Small Business Chamber Warsaw
Lower Silesian Chamber of Craft in Wrocław
Hanseatic Academy of Management in Slupsk
Gdańsk University of Technology
Office of the Marshall of the Pomorskie Voivodship
Pomorskie Voivodship – Voivodship Labour Office
Penevezys Chamber of Commerce, Industry and Crafts
Vilnius Chamber of Commerce, Industry and Crafts
Vilnius Gediminas Technical University
Estonian Association of Small and Medium Enterprises
Brest Department of Belarussian Chamber of Commerce and Industry
Brest State Technical University
Minsk Department of the Belarusian Chamber of Commerce and Industry
Minsk Regional Executive Committee – Economy Department
The Baltic Institute of Finland
Satakunta Univ. of Applied Sciences,Faculty of Techn. and Maritime Management
The Norwegian Federation of Craft Enterprises
Business Kolding
University of Latvia
Municipality of Åstorp
Dept of Design Sciences; Lund University