Developing and sustaining the new wave of business clusters


December 2011

Growthclusters developed 2 projects for furniture companies, as part of OP Competitiveness, related to the technical modernization of production. These 2 Companies are members of the Bulgarian Furniture Cluster. A Case Study of the BFC is now here.

November 2011

A representative of Growthclusters visited Bulgarian exhibition Franchasing Expo on 11-12 November in Sofia. The exhibition was held for the third consecutive year and presented the possibilities of starting a new business from 57 Bulgarian and international franchise companies.

October 2011

On October 26, Dilyana Stoyanova, a project manager in Growthclusters participated in the partner meeting in Bologna (Italy) as part of the Adriatic Danubian Clusters project, funded under the South Eastern Europe Programme. The event included match-making meetings between companies from 7 countries in the field of Mechatronics.

October 2011

Clusters Project, Turkey

The 30 month Contract in Eastern Turkey is looking now for International Short Term Experts with direct B2B expertise in the following sub-sectors:

  • Samsun – Medical equipment
  • Corum – Agro-Machinery
  • Trabzon – Boat-Building
  • GaziAntep – Shoes
  • Kahramanmaras – Kitchen equipment

Send names of interested people to, CVs very welcome.

September 2011

Growthclusters’ Team continues the work on Operational Programme "Black Sea 2007 - 2013" with participation of organizations from Bulgaria, Romania, Turkey, Greece and Georgia. Lead partner in this project is the Economic Development Agency of Varna.

September 2011

New Staff Member

The Growthclusters’ Team has a brand new member! Her name is Dilyana Stoyanova and she has just came back from maternity leave. Her previous working background includes the Municipal Administration in Rudozem and Foundation for Local Government Reform in Sofia. She will be our new Executive Project Manager and her first job is to develop a project application for the Black Sea Operational Program. Jumping in deep waters from the start!

August 2011

Clusters Project,Turkey

In the typical holiday’s month – August – Growthclusters is working hard on the SME development in Turkey. So far the Project has:

  • Studied the Potential sectors and sub-Sectors in the 5 Cities of Eastern Turkey
  • Opened 5 Cluster Info Spots with the Local Chambers
  • Officially launched the project at an Event in Ankara with 3 Ministers!

July 2011

Office in Samsun

Growthclusters BG and our Director John Murray is a Team Leader of 30 month Project in Turkey called Technical Assistance for Empowering SMEs for Networking and Inter-Regional Cooperation. He is now resident in Samsun on the Black Sea and we hope to open "GrowthClusters Turkey" there in early 2012.

June 2011

Adriatic-Danubian Clustering

Elena Barakova represented the Association of Business Clusters in Bulgaria on a Partnership Event in Maribor, Slovenia and later this month – in Sofia, Bulgaria. The events were part of the activities for the Adriatic-Danubian Clustering project for which the Association is a sub-contractor. On the events were presented the project’s progress in Furniture Industry and Agro-Food sector development. All the partners signed an Agreement for future partnership.

May 2011

Meeting new partners

In the end of April – beginning of May there were four Partnership Building Events organized under the cross-border project with Romania. Two of them were in Topola village in the beautiful Kaliakra resort on the Bulgarian Seaside and the other two were in Constanta. Growthclusters team members together with Ligna-Consult were the organizers of the events.

John Murray attended Clusters 2011 event in Opatija, Croatia. Meetings were held with partners on submitting a South East Europe Clusters application (with 14 SEE Partners) and an EU CIP with 9 Partners. More details will follow.

April 2011

Keep on travelling

The team continued the work on the Economic analysis of the Dobrudzha region.

Within the Cluster Awareness Campaign for the cross-border project with Romania another workshop on clusters promotion was held in Constanta with John Murray as one of the lecturers, which had a great success.

John Murray will be based in Turkey for the next 2 years in Samsun – a key part of the Black Sea. Therefore the company will have two bases on the Black Sea facing each other (one in Varna and one in Samsun).

March 2011

Cluster Awareness

In Turkey John Murray started assembling his team for the Cluster Development project. The first drafts of the Inception Report saw the light of the day and the basis of the future project work was set.

At the end of March in Dobrich was held an information seminar as part of the Cluster Awareness Promotion Campaign – one of the activities envisaged under the project for cross-border cooperation "Creating competitive cross-border clusters".

February 2011

Making new friends and some other events

It was a busy month for Growthclusters BG, rich with events. We moved in a bigger office in the centre of Sofia. Please check in the contact details the new address of our Sofia office.

Our team was also attending a team-building weekend together with our partners of Ligna Consult. In the cozy mountain hotel near Plovdiv our members had a great time enjoying the good company and the contact with the Nature.

On the top of this we managed to do some work! The Final Reports of the Cross-Border Project and the World Bank Project for the Forestry Sector were completed.

And some more exotic places

Meanwhile the company’s work heads towards new horizons – John Murray became the team leader of a large Cluster Project in Turkey. The kick off meeting of the project was on February 22nd in Ankara.

January 2011

Time for Completion

The year started with intensive work on the Forestry front. The progress of the project was presented on a conference about the outlines for Subsidiary legislation in Accordance with the new Draft Forestry Act which took place in the Ministry of Agriculture and Food and we also submitted the Interim Report for our work.

The team also completed the Sectoral Studies for the Dobrudzha Region – reports on Organic sector Development, Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency, as well as the furniture industry.

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