Final Documentation

The Polish-British Enterprise Project: Developing a Business Consultancy Programme, 1999

    The Polish-British Enterprise Project (PBEP) is a multi-faceted intervention aimed at promoting SME development in two disadvantaged counties (voivodships) in Eastern Poland; Bialystok and Lublin . PBEP's approach is built on the premise that SMEs in Poland share the same primary constraints experienced widely by SMEs in more developed market economies, namely: a weak enabling/policy environment; difficulties in securing finance; and difficulties in accessing competent business support and advice.

    PBEP was designed to address business support and financing constraints through a comprehensive package of complimentary measures: (1) a loan guarantee fund, (2) an equity investment fund, (3) the business development programme (BDP), and (4) the market development programme (MDP). Issues relating to policy and the enabling environment were left in the hands of an inter-ministerial task force.

    Summary of results
    This case study examines PBEP against the preliminary framework of good practice principles agreed by the Committee of Donor Agencies for Small Enterprise Development(1): Its particular focus is on the extent to which consultancy services for SMEs be developed on a sustainable basis and how a competent consultancy capacity may be built. The broader objective is to identify key lessons and principles of good practice in business development services (BDS) and, where possible, benchmark performance indicators. The case is structured in nine parts, addressing respectively in Section 2-8, services, clients, the market, financial viability, the institution, funding and impact. Finally Section 9 outlines some conclusions and the implications for BDS more widely. Appendix I summarises the economic context and Appendix II highlights size trends within the client base.

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