EU Funding for Enterprise Support

Wessex Partnerships is one of four UK partner organisations working with French business support organisations to help create new enterprises and provide services for business.

Called the Channel Innovation Network (CHAIN 2), the project partners include business centres, incubators, business hubs and science parks in South East EnglandĀ and the Brittany and Normandy regions of France.

Part-financed by the European Regional Development Fund, the 2.3m euro programme will run for 3 years and focus on innovative and technology-based companies who have the potential for growth, including those which have been supported by incubation / start-up business centre, science parks and other business support organizations.

Of particular interest will be those companies with an interest sourcing new customers, suppliers and partners through developing international business relationships, especially in France or in the UK. These companies will be able to register their details on the CHAIN business network ( and source companies with similar interests to their own.

Register now to be included on the CHAIN business network

The EU funds will help create a business network of innovative and technology-based companies and the start up business centres, technopoles, BICs and other organizations which support them. To register your company's details on the CHAIN2 database and access other CHAIN2 members' details from France and England, click here.

Register here for upcoming Business Conventions

CHAIN2 will also be running a series of Business Conventions and other events for innovative UK and French businesses and aid international collaboration between companies, research and development, new suppliers and other European projects.

The next convention runs alongside CFIA 2014, the largest annual industrial and technical event in France, representing all sectors and trades of food processing. Rennes, Brittany on 11-13 February 2014 with networking meetings for UK and French companies involved in food and drink manufacturing, processing and distribution.

For further details and to register your interest for CFIA 2014 convention click here.


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