Arritjet e Nucleus Albania
NA has been very successful in reaching out to 1000 MSME by end of 2019. Attracting so many MSMEs to the Nucleus approach indicates that a group based counselling and coaching approach works in Albania and yields benefits for the entrepreneurs. Moreover, NA has been able to conduct a training of trainer course to train people on working as counsellors and applying the Nucleus Approach. In total 115 business counsellors have been trained between 2015-2019.The basic training course content of the NA International has been effectively adjusted to the Albanian MSME context.
NA has achieved:
- Establishing the networks of nuclei members and nuclei / 30 clusters are created
- Developing successful value chain models and replicating them in other regions
- Establishing business relationships between the nuclei–MSMEs /providing group counselling (entrepreneurs help entrepreneurs); B2B within/between sectors; within / between regions.
- Transferring the best practices among the nuclei within the region and between regions. Support of increasing of MSMEs through benchmarking; exchange tours; fair participation national and international.
- Collaboration with NA partner organizations and other organizations regarding the realization of potential value chains.
- Specific training activities according to the sectors with area experts (financial management, resource efficiency, time management, online marketing, human resource management, environmental impact assessment, agronomic services; food safety standards etc.).Trainings – technical assistance on: hotel & restaurant management; on hotel categorization; on services, housekeeping, bar; on online marketing; on cost calculation; on PR and consumer education; on value chain and innovation.
- Training on product diversification; on marketing; innovative methods by using different materials etc. for artisans.
- Preparation of manuals; leaflets for diseases; agronomic services; touristic maps etc.
- Support for MSMEs to apply for grants schemes (business plan preparation; project proposal writing).
- Implementation of projects funded by donors. Voucher schemes for EU donor project “Creative innovation for blue MED enterprises and cluster growth”.