The EU-funded INSPIRED programme, since inception in 2012, has been working with the government and the private sector through three separate components to create an enabling environment in which SMEs can prosper. Component 1 is working with stakeholders to develop an action plan for a national SME development strategy, Component 2 is contributing to increasing SME competitiveness through a grant scheme and Component 3 is enhancing SME access to finance and banking services.
applications. In 2013, after a national call, 69 grant project concept notes were received from BIOs from which, 30 applicants passed forward to the full application stage. The final number of selected applications was 13, who were awarded an accumulated grant of €5.2 million (including a total of €0.68 million in parallel contribution from the grant applicants).
Primary beneficiaries of the SME Competitiveness Grant Scheme of INSPIRED Bangladesh are successful grants applicants (BIOs). Some of the grant beneficiaries are carrying out development activities in the most underdeveloped regions of Bangladesh (see map). In 2014, the technical assistance team is working with the beneficiaries to provide constant support in the implementation of these projects, and monitor and evaluate the grant beneficiaries on a monthly basis. The grant projects are diverse in nature, and tailored to members of individual BIOs, including training, shared specialised equipment, development of new industries, study tours and apprenticeships.
FIGURE: The map of Bangladesh shows the many locations where BIOs are implementing capacity building programmes for their members in Bangladesh
INSPIRED Grant Beneficiaries:
|1||Bangladesh Agro Based Product Producers and Merchants Association (BAPMA)||Agro-Processing||Rajshahi||EU Support for Establishing an Organic Agro Produce Processing Plant|
|2||Ai-Fida Multipurpose Co-Operative Society Ltd||Agro-Processing||Rajshahi and other parts of North West Bangladesh||Strengthening Access to Mango Marketing Roles Initiatives to Disadvantaged Households Empowerment (SAMMRIDHE) Programme|
|3||Leather goods and Footwear Manufacturers and Exporters Association of Bangladesh (LFMEAB)||Leather||Dhaka, Hazaribagh cluster and Katwalli Police Station cluster||Support for the development of the value added leather products (footwear and leather goods) clusters and value chain by means of opening 2 centres of excellence and procuring specialised equipment|
|4||Leather goods and Footwear Manufacturers and Exporters Association of Bangladesh (LFMEAB)||Leather||Dhaka||Support for the development of the value added leather products by strengthening the capacity of the LFMEAB|
|5||Bangladesh Specialised Textile Mills & Powerloom Industries Association (BSTMPIA)||Textiles||Dhaka||Fostering the capacity of Bangladesh Specialised Textile Mills & Powerloom Industries Association (BSTMPIA)|
|6||Bangladesh Agro-Processors’ Association (BAPA)||Agro-Processing||Savar, Gazipur, Narayangang, Munshiganj, Rajshahi, Bogra, Pabna, Hill Tracts (tribal) Area||The road to sustainable agro SME development in target clusters of Bangladesh through enhancing ‘Entrepreneurial Ability’ and ‘Technical Skills’|
|7||Bangladesh Agro-Processors’ Association (BAPA)||Agro-Processing||Dhaka||Strengthening the capacity of Bangladesh Agro-Processors’ Association (BAPA) to enhance competitiveness of its member SMEs involved in Agro-processing|
|8||Bangladesh Furniture Industries Owner’s Association (BFIOA)||Furniture||Dhaka, Chittagong, Bolirhath, Rajshahi, Khulna, Sylhet, Barishal, Bogra, Noakhali||Building Capacity of Bangladesh Furniture Industries Owner’s Association (BFIOA)|
|9||Bangladesh Women Chamber of Commerce & Industry (BWCCI)||Agro-processing||Narshingdi, Gaibandha, Tangail, Modhupur||Socio- economic empowerment of women through promotion of natural fibre based products from agricultural wastage|
|10||Bangladesh Garments Accessories & Packaging Manufacturers & Exporters Association (BGAPMEA)||Textile Accessories||Dhaka||Strengthening Role of Bangladesh Garment Accessories & Packaging Manufacturers & Exporters Association (BGAPMEA) in Export Growth and Competitiveness|
|11||Aurora Cooperative Society Ltd.||Agro-Processing||Northwest region, Dinajpur, Thakurgaon, Nilphamari||Agro based SME Cluster & Value Chain Development Project|
|12||Bangladesh Agro Based Product Producers and Merchants Association (BAPMA)||Agro-Processing||Dhaka||EU Support for Establishing a Training Centre to support Organic Agro based Producers|
|13||International Apparel Federation, Holland||Textiles||Dhaka||Strengthen SME competitiveness and co-operation between Bangladesh and Europe|
Meet the Beneficiaries of the €5.2m INSPIRED SME Competitiveness Grant Scheme (Component 2b)
National SME Survey
National SME Survey Report now available!
Working with the SME Cell of the Ministry of Industries and the SME Foundation, the INSPIRED Bangladesh team is currently in the process of formulating and reviewing the National SME Development Strategy of Bangladesh. To feed into the strategy formulation process and to create a knowledge base on SME development, a series of studies were carried out in 2013 and early 2014, including a nationwide survey of 1200 SMEs. Click below to download the National SME Survey Report & Data Set from INSPIRED Bangladesh!
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