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  • Regional Cluster Meeting: INNOVATION GROWTH THROUGH CLUSTER COOPERATION, Varna, Bulgaria

    On July 6th a Regional Cluster Meeting: INNOVATION GROWTH THROUGH CLUSTER COOPERATION was held in Varna, Bulgaria. The event was organized by our friendly hosts from the Marine Cluster Bulgaria together with the Green Synergy Cluster and the Association of Business Clusters, Bulgaria. The meeting was divided into two main themes: “Innovative Growth: New Business Opportunities” and “Financial Support for Clusters”. The full event program can be checked here.

    The Bulgarian Furniture Cluster (BFC) presented the FORESDA project to several cluster managers and stakeholders during the workshop in Varna. This meeting meant another important step in raising awareness about the prospects and challenges of the forest-based industry in Bulgaria, as well as giving attention of the participants to the examples of innovative forest-based products and re-manufacturing of wood. The Project Coordinator of the BFC, Velina Ilieva, informed the participants about the FORESDA Project activities, project partners and the PIE was presented as well as the first prototype of the BFC`s Pilot Project.

    The presentation of the successful development of the pilot value chains aimed to motivate the other clusters and SMEs in order to establish successfull collaboration networks. The participants were invited to spread the information to their members and partners and to engage in the FORESDA Project activities. The meeting gave us great opportunity to present the FORESDA Project – as a tool for regional cluster co-operation.

  • FORESDA: Project Video

    As a PP in the FORESDA Project – ‘Forest-based cross sectoral value chains fostering innovation and competitiveness in the Danube Region‘, BFC is supporting the transformation and strengthen the competitiveness of traditional forest-based industries. This is an overview video of the project concept, activities and PIEs.

    Check out and enjoy! 🙂

  • Sixth Project Meeting of the FORESDA Project Partners – Ljubljana, Slovenia

    On June 21st-22nd the sixth project meeting of the FORESDA Project Partners took place in Ljubljana, Slovenia. As a project partner, Bulgarian Furniture Cluster participated in the meeting. BFC’s representatives Genoveva Christova-Murray – Bulgarian Furniture Cluster’s President, Velina Ilieva – Project Coordinator and Zlatka Shikerova – Project Manager were present and took an active part in the meeting.

    There were partners from Germany, Slovenia, Austria, Hungary, Croatia, Romania, Serbia and Bosna and Herzegovina. The meeting took place in two days and included lead partner`s presentations, review of the ongoing project activities as well as useful mentoring activities. Organizer and host of the sixth PM in Ljubljana were Slovenian Forestry Institute and Wood Industry Cluster, Slovenia.

    More information on the Project’s website.

  • FORESDA Project Newsletter №3

    Check out the FORESDA Project Newsletter here: FORESDA Newsletter №3

  • 4th Discussion Forum – CESME – Circular Economy for SMEs

    On March 29th, the 4th Discussion Forum of CESME Interreg Project
    took place in Sofia, Bulgaria. The meeting was with particular theme focus on the usage of waste as a resource. As a participant in the meeting, Bulgarian Furniture Cluster presented FORESDA project, emphasizing the importance of our pilot innovation environments – remanufacturing of
    wood.

    The circular economy is a key concept of the green economy, based on
    optimising systems rather than components. The CESME project
    addresses SME inclusion in the circular economy, by interregional
    meetings identifying good practices aiming to examine how best regional
    and local authorities and business development agencies can improve
    relevant policy instruments and design support packages to assist SMEs
    to enter the circular economy. BAMEE is the Bulgarian partner in the
    CESME Interreg Project and the organizer of the forum. This is the 4th
    Discussion Forum that is taking place and this time it`s focus is on the
    industrial synergy in a cluster and the reusage of waste materials. BFC is
    supporting the idea of the forum and will participate in it. This discussion
    forum is considered to be important because it gathered companies and
    representatives of clusters in Bulgaria, presenting their ideas and
    activities in the field of remanufacturing of waste materials that is the
    focus of BFC`s pilot innovation environments in FORESDA. The
    Discussion Forum is also an ideal example of synergy between EU
    Interreg projects.

    From the point of view of FORESDA the forum is important because:
    • Important stakeholders will participate in the discussion forum.
    • It is a convenient place and opportunity to present the FORESDA
    project and it`s activities.
    • BFC will attend the forum to consolidate the importance of
    remanufacturing of wood.
    • This is a great opportunity for establishing a synergy between EU
    Interreg projects, in this case CESME and FORESDA.

     

  • TCI 2018 European Conference Sofia

    The TCI 2018 European Conference featured cluster tours, a range of global senior-level speakers, discussions and parallel sessions. The conference was focused on how do cluster-based efforts need to be structured to align better with local circumstances, from the sophistication of firms to the capacity of government and the general conditions of competitiveness. Also the conference featured how can cluster efforts become drivers of broader changes in locational competitiveness.

    The Bulgarian Furniture Cluster was invited to participte as a lead cluster from Bulgaria and also to present the FORESDA project and the PIE – Bikey. Pilot innovation environments could provide opportunities to engage with the full set of issues relevant for more effective cluster-based efforts which upgrade the capacity of the clusters.

    Mrs. Christova-Murray had a presentation at the Parallel Sessions – Building Capacities for Clusters on the second day of the conference (see program attached). During the session, Mrs. Christova-Murray gave an information about the FORESDA project and presented the PIE – Bikey.

  • Fifth Project Meeting of the FORESDA Project Partners – Salzburg, Austria

    On February 27th-28th the fifth project meeting of the FORESDA Project Partners took place in Salzburg, Austria. As a project partner, Bulgarian Furniture Cluster participated in the meeting. BFC’s representative Ivaylo Todorov – the designer of our PIE, was present and took an active part in the meeting.

    There were partners from Germany, Slovenia, Austria, Hungary, Croatia, Romania, Serbia and Bosna and Herzegovina. The meeting took place in two days and included lead partner`s presentations, review of the ongoing project activities as well as useful mentoring activities. A study visit of the Austrian partner`s PIE was also organized for all PPs that participated in the meeting. The organizer of the fifth PM in Salzburg and our friendly host was Salzburg University of Applied Science, Kuchl – Salzburg, Austria.

  • Forth Project Meeting and First Year Review – Bucharest, Romania

    The fourth project meeting and first year review of the FORESDA Project Partners took place in Bucharest, Romania. BFC’s representative Gabriela Vachkova was present and took an active part in the meeting. More information on the Project’s website.

  • Third Project Meeting – Sopron, Hungary

    On 06-07.09.2017 the third meeting of the partners regarding FORESDA Project took place in Sopron, Hungary. Genoveva Christova-Murray – Bulgarian Furniture Cluster’s President and Project Manager was present and took an active part in the meeting.

  • Validation Workshop Meeting For The FORESDA Project

    In connection with Bulgarian Furniture Cluster’s participation in the FORESDA Project, a Regional Validation Workshop meeting took place on Wednesday, 30.08.2017 in Inter Expo Center. Attending the meeting were total of 15 relevant stakeholders in order to strengthen the networking activities and ensure the active involvement in decision-making process related to the future of forest-based sector. The participants agreed to collaborate in the future activities connected of the realisation of the project.

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