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  • 8-December-2010


    Seminar: Green growth - An opportunity for local development and employment (Paris, France)

    The seminar analysed and discussed the role that local development actors can play in facilitating the adaptation to the green economy and the programmes to support the creation of greener jobs.

  • 26-November-2010


    High-Growth Enterprises: What Governments Can Do to Make a Difference

    This study investigated the challenges faced by high-growth enterprises and reviewed the programmes that policy makers in 24 countries have put in place to support the growth of enterprises.

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  • 24-November-2010


    Estudio sobre la iniciativa empresarial, las pymes y el desarrollo local en Andalucía

    Este informe tiene como objetivo analizar la capacidad de Andalucía para apoyar la iniciativa empresarial y el desarrollo de las pymes.

  • 17-November-2010


    “Bologna +10” high-level meeting on SMEs and entrepreneurship

    The meeting brought together high-level policymakers from OECD and non OECD countries to debate policy successes and failures, identify best practices, promote co-operation and design a roadmap in the area of SME and entrepreneurship policy.

  • 15-November-2010


    Statistics Brief No. 15 - Measuring Entrepreneurship

    This issue of Statistics Brief presents some of the key entrepreneurship indicators developed by the OECD-Eurostat Entrepreneurship Indicators Programme, along with basic information on the methodologies for their collection, and explains the policy context for their use.

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  • 8-November-2010


    Capacity building seminar: Local development, innovation and social capital (Trento, Italy)

    A one-day capacity building event was held at the Trento Centre on Monday, 8th of November, 2010. A delegation from the Korean Ministry of Employment and Labour and Korean provincial governments visited the Trento Centre to examine strategies for stimulating local employment

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  • 4-November-2010


    Workshop: Measuring local development policy delivery (Paris, France)

    The fourth seminar of the 2010 LEED FIELD project focused on measuring local development policy delivery. This workshop reviewed the innovative tools and methods used, as part of local information systems, by local development organisations.Venue: Paris (France)

  • 3-November-2010


    High-Growth Enterprises - What Governments Can Do to Make a Difference

    The spectacular success of several well-known new ventures in technological fields, which in little more than a decade have jumped from the state of start-ups to that of top international businesses, has pointed to innovation as a key factor in the high growth of firms.  These high-growth enterprises often drive job creation and innovation, so policy makers are increasingly making such companies a key focus. Specifically, how can government policy foster the creation of more high-growth enterprises; what are the growth factors, and how can they be leveraged; what are the appropriate ways to provide such support?

    To help answer these questions, this report presents findings from two new research studies: (1) reports from 15 countries (Australia, Brazil, Canada, Chile, Czech Republic, Finland, France, Italy, Japan, Mexico, Netherlands, Portugal, Spain, Switzerland and Tunisia) that provide interesting insights into the operations of and challenges faced by high-growth enterprises; (2) a policy survey by the OECD Working Party on SMEs and Entrepreneurship, which reviewed more than 340 programmes that policy makers in 24 countries have put in place to support the growth of enterprises. 

    Some of this report’s findings may surprise: any firm can be a growth company; growth is almost always a temporary phase; high-growth small firms are funded mostly by debt, not equity. These and many more insights are summarised and analysed, providing policy makers with ideas on how to power growth at the firm level.

  • 1-November-2010


    SMEs, Entrepreneurship and Local Development in the Marche Region, Italy

    The Marche region is one of the most industrialised regions in Italy and is considered a region of excellence. This report provides advice on how to further strengthen and restructure the economy of the Marche region through the use of appropriate SME and entrepreneurship policies.

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  • 29-October-2010


    Breaking Out of Policy Silos - Doing More with Less

    In the context of the economic recovery and public budget cuts, policy silos and fragmented short-term policy interventions have become luxuries that our economies can no longer afford. Government intervenes in a myriad of ways at the local level, and rarely are these interventions co-ordinated effectively. Most of us are familiar with policy “silos”. Such divisions are often taken for granted, blamed on historical working relationships (“it has always been like that”) and organisational cultures (“they don’t work like we do”).  However these divisions come at a cost. The issues and challenges facing local communities are often complex, and require a holistic approach to be resolved. This book provides concrete advice to policy makers at both national and local levels on how to better align policies, reduce duplication and waste, and “do more with less”. It is based on comparative analysis of 11 countries in Australisia, Europe and North America and combines rankings on where countries stand in terms of the integration of employment, skills and economic development policies, with concrete examples of successful policy integration on the ground.

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