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SME Workshop hosted by Kastamonu Chamber of Commerce and Industry (22 October 2020)

Kastamonu Chamber of Commerce and Industry hosted a virtual Workshop on ‘Challenges of SMEs exporting to EU countries’ on 22 October 2020, in the framework of  the TEBD project.

The interactive workshop was opened and moderated by the workshop speaker Mr Fatih SARAÇ, Foreign Trade Consultant and Trainer. Mr Saraç introduced the European Union and trading numbers, and provided information on the Customs Union, Green Deal, CE Marking, Reach Compliance, Incoterms, Trade Platforms, and so on.

Attending SMEs also participated actively by articulating the problems they face in doing business with the EU which lead to discussions on possible solutions. The TEBD project was presented by Ms Burcu ATILGAN, TOBB TEBD Project Coordinator. The workshop attracted around 25 participants and was finalized with a question and answer session.

SME Workshop hosted by Bingöl Chamber of Commerce and Industry (21 October 2020)

Today, Bingöl Chamber of Commerce and Industry hosted a successful SME Workshop on ‘Digital Commerce’ in the scope of the TEBD Project. The workshop attracted around 33 participants.

The workshop was opened by Mr Yunus Emre KATRANCI, Secretary General of Bingöl Chamber of Commerce and Industry. Dr Zeynep IYILER, Foreign Trade Consultant and Trainer, participated as a speaker and gave extensive information on different topics such; are Are we ready for Digital Commerce?, Understanding Digital Users, the Importance of the Purchase Process, Digital platforms (web, blog, social media, etc.), Advertising methods, B2B and B2C e-commerce platforms, Legal issues (ETBIS, Distance Sales, E-exports, Trust Stamp, etc.), and similar topics. The TEBD project was presented by Ms Burcu ATILGAN, TOBB Project Coordinator. The workshop was finalized with a discussion and question and answer session.

 

Global Europe Webinar: Key projects funded by the European Commission

The Turkey-EU Business Dialogue (TEBD) Project was presented by Ms Oya Ersöz, TEBD Project Director, during the Global Europe Webinar hosted by EUROCHAMBRES in cooperation with the Latvian Chamber of Commerce and Industry (CCI), supported by Lithuania CCI and Estonia CCI on 21 October 2020.

The Global Europe webinar brings key projects funded by the European Commission and supporting European businesses together. The TEBD Project joined other EU-funded projects supporting European SMEs to internationalize  and presented participants the projects, their activities, and assistance that can be provided in doing business internationally.

SME Workshop hosted by Muğla Chamber of Commerce and Industry (07 October 2020)

Within the scope of the Turkey-EU Business Dialogue (TEBD) Project, Muğla Chamber of Commerce and Industry (Turkey) hosted a succesful SME Workshop on “Challenges of SMEs exporting to EU Countries”.

The workshop was opened by Mr Mustafa ERCAN, President Of Board Of Directors of Muğla Chamber of Commerce and Industry. Ms Zeynep İYİLER , Foreign Trade Consultant and Trainer participated as a speaker and gave extensive information about Competitive Advantage, Ways of Differentiation, Indicators of being ready for Export, Tools to communicate with markets, Export Marketing Planning, Types of information to look at, and so on. The TEBD project was presented by Ms Oya Ersöz, TEBD Project Director.

The workshop was finalized with a question and answer session where participating SMEs presented the issues they are facing, asked their questions, and shared helpful information. The workshop attracted around 30 participants.

Increasing Awareness and Eliminating Energy Waste

“Developing a New Service Model To Support Companies On Energy Efficiency” is a project that has been developed and implemented by Kocaeli Chamber of Industry (Turkey) in partnership with Walloon Chamber of Commerce and Industry (Belgium). It is one of 19 Chamber Partnership projects which is being supported by the European Union in the framework of TEBD.

Using less energy to perform the same task – that is, eliminating energy waste and lowering consumption costs. The aim of the project is to increase Chamber capacity and become a point of contact for SMEs to increase awareness on energy efficiency and educate about energy management to reduce consumption costs. Energy efficiency brings a variety of benefits, it is an important way to increase SMEs’ profitability and competitiveness as well as delivering wider benefits in terms of economic productivity and savings.


In order to increase their Chamber capacity on energy efficiency, Kocaeli Chamber of Industry (Kocaeli CI) carried out studies and organized a study visit to Walloon Chamber of Commerce and Industry (Walloon CCI)  to make on-site observations of “best practices” and perform cluster activities on energy efficiency in Walloon Belgium, legal regulations, and incentive systems. Also, after necessary training, Kocaeli CI has been awarded the ISO 50001:2018 Energy Management System certification as a result of an audit conducted by an independent notified body.

There are two benefactor target groups of the project. The first group consists of 20 pilot SMEs operating in Kocaeli, Turkey employing 20-150 people and having completed the Energy Audits identifying the energy leakages and potential energy saving areas. These audits give guidance on investments in order to reduce energy consumption levels. The second group consists of participants of minimum 60 to 150 individuals with the organization of six associated training activities. Thus, it is aimed to complete energy audits in 20 companies and to reach 150 SMEs with training activities.

Within the framework of the partnership project, to increase SME awareness, trainings have been given with main themes being energy management and ISO 50001 Energy Management System. By participating in these training’s, companies have become more conscious of the fact that they can save a significant amount of energy through the implementation of an appropriate energy management system. Also, preliminary energy audits to 20 companies are to be carried out with the support of expert consultants. Site audits to  10 companies were carried out successfully and survey reports were submitted as a result. In addition, energy management plans for 10 companies have been established for which a detailed study has been carried out. Evaluation surveys related to the training’s and audits were distributed and over 90% of the participants indicated that their satisfaction was achieved and related activities were carried out successfully.

In the following of the project, a dissemination seminar will be organized to create the multiplier effect on raising awareness on energy management and ensure the spread of the project studies to the East Marmara region in Turkey.

Find more information on the TEBD Chamber Partnership Project here.

SME Workshop hosted by Bursa Commodity Exchange (23 September 2020)

Within the scope of the Turkey-EU Business Dialogue (TEBD) Project, Bursa Commodity Exchange (Turkey) hosted an SME Workshop on “New Business Models and Techniques in the formation of New Strategies for Exporting to the European Market during the COVID-19 Pandemic”.

The workshop attracted around 33 participants and was opened by Mr Fehmi Yıldız , Secretary General of Bursa Commodity Exchange. Mr Mutlu Yılmaz, Foreign Trade Consultant and Trainer & Academician, participated as a speaker and provided insightful information about the problems caused by the Customs Union in exports to European Union countries, different strategies to be followed in exports in the pandemic process, and new business models and alternative marketing techniques. The TEBD project was presented by Ms Oya Ersöz, TEBD Project Director.

Among the participants were, Mr Özer Matlı, Bursa Commodity Exchange President of the Board of Directors & Board Member of the Union of Chambers and Commodity Exchanges of Turkey (TOBB); Mr Gökhan Onur, Vice President of the Assembly; Ms Sevgi Saygın, President of TOBB Bursa Women Entrepreneurs Board & Women Entrepreneurs Board Eastern Marmara Region Representative; Mr İbrahim Özmen, President of TOBB Bursa Young Entrepreneurs Board & Eastern Marmara Region Young Entrepreneurs Board Representative; and SMEs that are members of Bursa Commodity Exchange.