Based on successful FP5&6 experiences of POLLOCO and CENTRAL LOCO
projects, the revised and expanded concept of the B2B LOCO project
is that enterprises collaborating with local market-oriented
research units in an international network will enhance their
performance and competitiveness through the participation in FP
projects or exploitation of its most business practice-oriented
results. The project is represented by Old and New Member States as
well as 2 Candidate Countries, covering most of the East of the
continent and beyond, from Estonia to Israel.
B2B LOCO targets Regional Clusters gathering different types of SMEs: transport and logistics companies, manufacturing and retail companies, hi-tech and green technologies companies. Companies from these groups are often "FP-ready" yet they are not realising their potential because Framework Programmes are best communicated to the research community. Therefore B2B LOCO consortium groups research organisations with considerable experience in FPs and a track record in talking directly to SMEs, using their own language and knowing what drives them in everyday operations.
B2B LOCO will provide SME community with two international conferences, two practical workshops and three brokerage events, supplemented with permanent communication mechanisms (www, newsletters). It will also create an alumni network based on its wide university background of 9 partners as well as a brokerage platform enabling an exchange of demand and offer of expertise.
As a result of B2B LOCO activities, SMEs will benefit from advanced solutions developed by FP consortia, experiences of successful SME- RTD - Academia co-operation cases which are laudable and should be copied. In addition to this, project will support processes of forming partnerships for future Framework Programmes. Moreover, new information channels which will be created during the project, will support transfer of essential information on transport and logistics.
B2B LOCO is expected to: