SILVER SMEs aims to improve the implementation and delivery of Regional Policies for SMEs competitiveness by building on significant opportunities arising from the Silver Economy (SE).
This 5 year Interreg Europe project was launched in June 2018.
By supporting the development of new SMEs in the Silver Economy, an intrinsic objective is to generate services and goods that will contribute to improve the quality of life within an ageing society, in particular in rural or remote EU areas.
From Bandon to Brussels – Bandon Age Friendly efforts impress EU Policy Makers
Cork County Council’s Age Friendly Town Programme has been cited as an example of a Good Practice, as part of an EU Interreg Project (SilverSME) submitted by the Hincks Centre for Entrepreneurship Excellence at Munster Technological University (MTU).
As part of the project, Hincks worked with small and medium-sized enterprises and with policymakers in Cork County Council to identify relevant good practices in the Silver Economy in the southern region of Ireland. The ‘Silver Economy’ relates to economic opportunities arising from public and consumer expenditure related to population ageing and the specific needs of those over 50.
In February last year, the Hincks Centre hosted an international workshop and study visit for the SilverSME project partners. EU partners were taken to Bandon, one of eight Age Friendly Towns in County Cork to visit local enterprises who participated in the project and to meet members of the voluntary Age Friendly Town committee. As well as being cited as an example of Good Practice, the Age Friendly initiatives advanced in Bandon will feature in the SILVER SMEs’ online mid-term conference in April 2021 on “Challenges and solutions to cope with ageing in rural Europe: the role of the Silver Economy.”
Mayor of the County of Cork, Cllr. Mary Linehan Foley extended her congratulations to all involved noting that,
“This project represents an excellent collaboration between Cork County Council, Munster Technological University (MTU) and the community and voluntary sector to improve the competitiveness of SMEs while promoting the needs of older people and age-friendly initiatives. The project includes nine partners from Spain, France, Sweden, Portugal, Slovenia, Poland and Ireland (Hincks Centre) and all partners were hugely impressed by the welcome and passion of the local businesses in Bandon and the Bandon Age Friendly Town committee members.”
Cork County Council’s Age Friendly Town Programme forms part of the Council’s Age Friendly Strategy 2016 – 2021 and the National Age Friendly Cities and Counties Programme led by Age Friendly Ireland.
More information about this project can be found here.