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Factsheet for measure DK-2019-1/2569 – Updated – measures in Denmark
|Country||Denmark , applies nationwide|
|Time period||Open ended, started on 01 January 2019|
|Context||COVID-19, Restructuring Support Instruments|
|Type||Legislations or other statutory regulations|
Reorientation of business activities
– Change of production/innovation
|Author||Carsten Jørgensen (FAOS, University of Copenhagen), Anders Randrup (Oxford Research)|
|Measure added||23 June 2022 (updated 17 November 2022)|
The Business Development Centres must provide specialised guidance to all businesses across the country at all stages of the business life cycle, in contrast to the former Growth Houses that mainly focused on SMEs with growth ambitions.
The Business Development Centres must serve all companies in need of specialised guidance on the operation and development of their business, as well as clarification and guidance on compliance with laws and regulations. Specialised guidance relates to professional issues in the company's business, like digitalisation and implementation of advanced technology, innovative products and services, capital, internationalisation, new business models, corporate social responsibility (CSR), management and organisational development including preparation of ownership or sales.
Entrepreneurs, micro enterprises, SMEs and large companies can apply. The activities are collected in six Danish business hubs that are in close cooperation with the local government in the municipalities.
The Business Development Centres have different types of tasks:
On 23 June 2020, the Board decided to strengthen the project 'Entrepreneur Denmark' which started in autumn 2019 with DKK 13.9 million (€1.9 million), by an additional DKK 6.9 million (€0.93 million) from the EU Social Fund and decentralised business promotions.
Besides, the Danish Executive Board for Business Development and Growth allocated a total of DKK 97 million (€13 million) for three company-focused efforts:
SME: Professionalisation, which consist of a new effort that meets the need for strengthened crisis management in smaller companies. The efforts are tailored to the specific needs of each company.
The Early Warning instrument consists of guidance and advice SMEs.
'Deal no deal', is an instrument which aims to prepare Danish companies for a no-deal Brexit. It has been expanded to include the target group of SMEs affected by the COVID-19 crisis.
The agreement came into force on 1 January 2019 and ran for a two-years period. It was evaluated in the autumn of 2020 in a dialogue between Local Government Denmark (KL) and the Ministry of Business.
The municipalities finance the basic appropriations of the Business Development Centres with DKK 161.8 million (€21.7 million) annually (2019). The basic allocation is designed to solve the core tasks of the centres as strong competence centres for the guidance of companies and as a contributor to the strategy of the Danish Business Promotion Board. The basic allocation is price- and wage-regulated. The allocation and distribution between the six business hubs is calculated on the basis of the population in the municipalities to which they belong.
Relevant government offers, for example internationalisation (Export Council), capital transfer (Growth Fund) and innovation (Innovation Fund) must be accessible to businesses via the Business Development Centres.
|Does not apply to workers||
One person or microenterprises
|Does not apply to citizens|
Local / regional government
Social partners' role in designing the measure and form of involvement:
|Trade unions||Employers' organisations|
|Form||Not applicable||Not applicable|
Social partners' role in the implementation, monitoring and assessment phase:
Eurofound (2022), Regional Business Development Centres, measure DK-2019-1/2569 (measures in Denmark), EU PolicyWatch, Dublin, https://static.eurofound.europa.eu/covid19db/cases/DK-2019-1_2569.html
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