Every year the Enterprise Europe Network 10392368_957409047606763_280935558575599Scotland team have a team Christmas lunch and this year Ken and Jane were on their way to the restaurant when Ken remembered he had forgotten his "Secret Santa" gift (explanation if required) !

They decide to quickly visit the Glasgow German Christmas Market and stumble upon a surprise while trying on hats that saves all the children round the world. Yes, we're that good!

  • Caution, this podcast features Scottish elves.
  • Scottish Elves are a thing.
  •  .... (sigh) no, not Scottish Elvis, that's a different thing.

Huge thanks to Jake Watters for the toy sound effects; Jake, you have amazing toys!

To all of our listeners where ever you are, from all of the Enterprise Europe Network Scotland team, have a very Merry Christmas and a peaceful New Year.

Our next podcast will be our best of 2014 podcast. See you in 2015!


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Welcome to the Enterprise Europe Network Scotland Horizon 2020 SME Instrument News Desk!

Our reporter Camille Moran summarises the results from the second cut-off of Horizon 2020’s SME Instrument phase 1. You can check the details from EASME here.

"Our advice is find the awardees in your region, and ask them to write your next proposal!"

The applications for SME Instrument phase 2 (first cut-off date) on 9 October 2014 have been made available. Executive Agency for SMEs received 580 proposals. Some details here.

Want to find out more about how SME Instrument can help you bring your innovative products to market? Get in touch with the Enterprise Europe Network! Our services are fully funded by your local organisations and the EC, so they are FREE!

While we help Scottish businesses only, we have valued colleagues providing the same services in more than 50 countries in nearly 600 organisations. Find your local office contact details on the list on this page or drop us an email or a comment on this page and we'll send you details.

BONUS H2020 Hacks! - This podcast includes H2020 hacks from Simon Poulsen from the Enterprise Europe Network in Denmark recorded a few months ago at the Edinburgh Festival.

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H2020 Hacks Europe!

Welcome to our latest our latest Horizon 2020 Hacks podcast.

Regular listeners will know that the Enterprise Europe Network spans more than 50 countries and we have a wealth of practical knowledge and experience that you can use to develop your business. Oh ... and our services are FREE as well. 

Our H2020 Hacks series is aimed at giving you practical tips that will give help you decided whether you should apply and if you do, that will enhance your project application, giving it the best chance of success. 

We thought you'd be getting tired hearing our voices, so we recently asked our colleagues to record their three top tips for success.

And so without further ado ... Ladies & gentlemen, animals of the world & sentient beings across the universe (you never know) , we present ... Horizon 2020 tips from our network colleagues in Catalonia and Northern Germany!

Catch up on our other H2020 Hacks podcasts :

Horizon 2020 Hacks : Part One

H2020 Hacks: Lessons Learned from SME Instrument Guinea Pigs

The SME Instrument is difficult to resist.

SME Instrument looks for Champions


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This is the latest podcast in Enterprise Europe Scotland’s H2020 Hacks series. Today on our show, Ken Gordon and Camille Moran lament the end of the Glasgow Commonwealth Games and celebrate the results from the first SME Instrument cut-off.

We discuss how to avoid being a ‘loser,’ and what future applicants (or past applicants with access to a time machine) should know to win.

As promised, here are:

The next SME Instrument cut-off for Phase 1 is September 24, and for Phase 2 is October 9.

*Bonus* for podcast fans: See this picture of Ken Gordon performing at the Commonwealth Games closing ceremony: https://photos.glasgow2014.com/photos/20th-commonwealth-games-closing-ceremony_a42957.aspx 

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Welcome to the first podcast in our series called “H2020 hacks”!

The H2020 Hacks series aims at providing you with the very best Horizon 2020 advice from people who know.
In this episode, we talk to Bruce Ainsley, a project evaluator with many years experience.
You will find out who Horizon 2020 is designed for, what kind of projects fit the Horizon 2020 programme and how those projects should fit your business strategy.

Our conversation focused on three things:

  1. What makes a great project application.
  2. What makes a good consortium.
  3. What makes a good proposal.

Bruce’s tips include:

  • If you don’t match the call do not put in a proposal.
  • Be aiming to make a significant change in the technology
  • Put in all the numbers, necessary and sufficient
  • Get an experienced coordinator
  • Work with the best in that you can in your consortium
  • Write the right amount
  • Use numbers where appropriate and justify them
  • The project Impact is incredibly important (and will be the subject of a whole podcast next time).

If you have a Horizon 2020 enquiry and you are based in Scotland, you can contact us by phoning 0845 607 8787, or by emailing Horizon2020@scotent.co.uk.


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Small to Medium Sized Enterprise (SMEs) are often the largest group of enterprises to be affected by new EU policy and there are clear difficulties in putting their views across to policy-makers.

The opinions of SMEs are important when developing new EU legislation or programmes that have a direct impact on their operations.

This is why the Commission, through the Enterprise Europe Network, operates two mechanisms to test the impact of EU legislation and programmes:

  • SME Panels are organised to consult SMEs about forthcoming EU legislation and policies.
  • Retrospectively SMEs can contribute their views on policy via the SME feedback mechanism.

This podcast, about the SME feedback mechanism, describes how it allows the Enterprise Europe Network partners to collect the views and feedback from SMEs on a broad range of EU policy initiatives, actions, legislation or programmes related to the internal market.

You might have problems or questions about legislation and policy on the environment, sustainability, employment and social affairs, innovation support, taxation and customs.

Are you aware of unfair rules or decisions and discriminatory red tape that make it hard for your business to live, work or do business in another EU country? Do you as an EU citizen or business face extra obstacles in another country because a public authority isn't doing what is required under EU law? Then SOLVIT can help.

Concerned about any of these issues? The Enterprise Europe Network helps you develop your business.

Our services are fully funded by your local organisations and the EC, so they are FREE! While we help Scottish businesses only, we have valued colleagues providing the same services in more than 50 countries in nearly 600 organisations.

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If you have been listening to our previous images.jpgpodcasts you will know that we are very excited about supporting Scottish companies to engage with the SME Instrument, part of Horizon 2020.

By applying to the SME Instrument, Small and Medium-sized Enterprises that are EU-based or established in a country associated to Horizon 2020 can now get phased, progressive and complimentary funding and support through the SME Instrument for innovation projects that will help them grow and expand their activities into other countries – in Europe and beyond.

There is around € 3 billion in funding over the period 2014-2020 for the SME Instrument, and the programme is designed for high-potential SMEs to help them develop groundbreaking innovative ideas for products, services or processes that are ready to face global market competition.

For a quick briefing on the key issues around eligibility, application timing and tips for success , check out our recent podcast , SME Instrument looks for Champions.

But is it truly available to ALL organisations?

Dear listeners, this short dramatised podcast examines what happens when a very unusual Scottish organisation enquiries about the SME Instrument.

You must follow the H2020 SME Instrument on Twitter here.

The Horizon 2020 SME Instrument page is here.

Find out more about Scottish creepy crawlies here. http://www.snh.gov.uk/

Will someone please turn the light off?


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The year 2014 is a big year for Scotland, when the world will be visiting to take part in The Year of Homecoming, a year-long programme of events that celebrate the very best of Scotland’s food and drink, our fantastic active and natural resources, creativity, culture and ancestral heritage and two world-class events in 2014 - the XXth Commonwealth Games which Glasgow will host in July and the 40th Ryder Cup to be staged at historic Gleneagles in September.

All of these events provide opportunities for Scottish businesses and this podcast focuses on those opportunities available from the XXth Commonwealth Games Legacy programme.

XXth Commonwealth Games in 2014 will be a spectacular display of world-class sporting success. The 20th Games will take place in Glasgow from 23rd July to 3rd August this year (2014).

The Commonwealth Games will see over 6,500 athletes, representing 70 nations and territories, compete across 17 sports for 11 days. This will be the biggest and most inclusive sports programme ever with more medals to compete for and many more opportunities for women athletes and Para-sport athletes than previous Commonwealth Games.

The Commonwealth Games Legacy programme is focused on using the unique opportunity of the Games to deliver lasting change across the whole of Scotland – now, in the run-up to the Games, and in the years beyond.

The Commonwealth Games Legacy programme has a very wide range:

  • For a Scottish business it might mean winning a Games-related contract which paves the way for further contracts and new markets, at home or overseas. It’s helping to bolster the Scottish economy and enhance our reputation at home and abroad as a place to visit and do business.
  • For a Scottish young person it might mean a job, or an apprenticeship, or a role as a Youth Legacy Ambassador where they can learn new skills and gain experience.
  • For Scottish schoolchildren it’s about the opportunity to learn about the Commonwealth and the Games, about values and about other countries and their cultures.
  • For Scottish communities it’s about improving local facilities, taking part in cultural events, working together to celebrate the Games, and engendering a true community spirit.

Ken Gordon caught up with Linda Murray, head of Scottish Enterprise's 2014 project team to find out about the opportunities available, where you can find them and to hear about how one company NVT Group have taken advantage of the Legacy programme.

Check out the Legacy 2014 webpage

Check out Public Contracts Scotland (click on Commonwealth Games Opportunities)

Visit the Scottish Enterprise website


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Earlier this year we completed our very first "World Tour of Scotland" with our Team Scotland colleagues from the Scottish Funding CouncilScotland Europa and Highlands & Islands Enterprise to tell everyone about the opportunities in the forthcoming Horizon 2020 programme. We made a podcast (What will Horizon 2020 do for me?) that still is our most successful podcast. Going by the questions from our event audiences, one of the most eagerly anticipated parts of Horizon 2020 is the SME Instrument.

Now Horizon 2020 is "live" and Call deadlines loom there are numerous factsheets and briefings that are filling the gaps in our knowledge. This podcast is focused on the Horizon 2020 SME Instrument and in particular the most recent briefing (March 2014) on eligibility, evaluation and tips for success.

The podcast contains important information that will help you decide how to prepare and how to write your application.

We also answer questions such as :

  • Should i apply for phase 1, 2 or 3?
  • I have a project for my own company only, do i need to have partners?
  • My project covers more than one Call topic. What do i do?

If you have any questions, you can contact us by emailing H2020@scotent.co.uk , sending us a tweet on @eenscotland or calling our Glasgow number 01412282797.

Oh, and please follow the SME Instrument (@H2020SME) on Twitter !


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After Life Science

This podcast is about the afterlife. No, not that afterlife, AFTER LIFE SCIENCE (see what we did there?).

We held our annual Scottish Life Sciences event on 6th February this year in Edinburgh. The morning was dedicated to the opportunities available to Scottish life science organisations in Horizon 2020 and in the afternoon the Scottish life science partnering meetings took place.

It was a very busy event on a cold February Edinburgh morning in a room with amazing views of Edinburgh Castle and streets where cardboard signs every 50 metres proclaimed that the “Trams are Coming”.

Everyone did well to keep their worries about imminent tram invasion in check and the event was full and much discussion and Q&A ensued. We promised to make a podcast answering points raised in the post-event feedback forms and this is it!

Our keynote was expertly delivered by the UK National Contact Point for Life Sciences, Octavio Pernas who detailed the structure , the process , the opportunities available and answered all those tricky questions.

The Medical Device Company, a Scottish micro-SME, shared their experiences of participating in an FP7 project and in addition there were many presentations and impromptu project pitches from delegates.

The discussion was so intense there was barely time to grab some any lunch before the partnering tables filled up.

Did you know there is a new voucher scheme to support you in developing your project and finding partners? Check out The Horizon 2020 SME Engagement Scheme is funded by the Scottish Funding Council and managed by Interface .

We also talked about finding partners for project and projects looking for partners. Find EU Research Partners on CORDIS here.

Find EU Research Partners on our Enterprise Europe Network Scotland website here

To prepare for the forthcoming podcast about Horizon 2020 SME Instrument, check out our website here.

And finally, in our previous podcast where we talked about this event, Camille highlighted the lunch. We did not get much  time to eat, so if you did and you have a comment, use our contact email to let us know.


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