The European Bank is ready to give development grants to small and medium enterprises of Transcarpathia
During the business meeting organized with the support of the Regional State Administration, SME managers of Transcarpathia were told how to receive grants of the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development.
Opening the event, the deputy head of the Transcarpathian Regional State Administration Mykhailo Rivis thanked the EBRD for supporting business development in Ukraine.
The meeting with the EBRD specialists was attended by about one hundred representatives of small and medium business of the region, as well public business organizations and local authorities of Transcarpathia.
According to the Senior Specialist for projects of the Group of Small Business Support of the EBRD in Ukraine Natalia Bandera, currently seven companies in Transcarpathia have already received grants - a chain of pharmacies, service, transport, distribution and food industry companies.
She said that grant is not a loan but a gratuitous financial aid which the company can use for its development.
"Transcarpathian region is a very promising region, which borders with the European Union. We are ready to support small and medium businesses of the region and are waiting for applications," - she said.
N.Bandera explained that the EBRD grants help SMEs to attract highly qualified consultants, that can efficiently transform their business, and to pay for services of business consultants. "Business counseling is provided in specialized areas of knowledge, including strategy, marketing, financial management, rational energy use, environmental protection and so on. The financing is provided by the European Union", - N. Bandera said.
EBRD also has a special program to promote exports. "We help companies find qualified consultants who can assess their readiness to export products, identify the best foreign markets for a particular company, find partners there," - the Senior Specialist for projects of the Group of Small Business Support of the EBRD in Ukraine said.