NewsOn April 19th and 20th 2016, the municipality of Groningen as the lead beneficiary of the REFRAME project, in the city of Groningen hosted the project’s kick-off event. Central aim of the REFRAME project is to build new regional food chains and thus to create new innovation potential for food related SMEs in rural areas of NSR.
The first day was among the project partners who refreshed for each other their ambitions, strengths and local pilots’ set up. In addition, they were updated on essential do’s and don’ts for successful working under the INTERREG 5B programme. Next to this, the project beneficiaries agreed on their shared day to day management arrangements.
The second day a broader audience from the region was invited. About 90 guests from the North of the Netherlands were provided comprehensive information about the project and the pilots in the partner regions. In addition, they learned about the first step in the project, the so-called mapping process. The session on day 2 was closed by the partners signing their memorandum of understanding.
On both days of the kickoff meeting, all partners from Germany, Belgium, Denmark, Sweden and the Netherlands presented their organisation and their (possible) role in the project. All the partners provides us details on their vision towards the regional food chain and their contribution at regional as well as transnational level. For the details presented, we’d like to refer to the extensive description of the two days manifestation.
Contracting, agreements and general do’s and don’ts
Matt Nichols (project advisor at the Joint Secretariat & REFRAME contact person) presented us the key elements for successfully realising the project. They all are of crucial importance, displayed in the long read of the kick-off report, pages 4 to 7.
Memorandum of Understanding
As the partnership agreement is still under construction, a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) is prepared instead. It is a temporary document, to be replaced by the final draft of the Partnership Agreement (PA) as soon as possible. In the MoU key issues are laid down (in accordance with the PA), concerning the tasks of the partners, the transnational costs and the format for assessing and reporting on contents and finance progress. Please refer for the details to pages 11 to 13 of the long read version.
First step of the project: the mapping process
Researchers Gonneke Leereveld and Woody Maijers are presenting a ‘B2B dating site’, were we can get hold of the suppliers and consumers. It is a comprehensive database contains 4 major subjects, first of which is the mapping (show on the map companies, discover what they are doing and set filters for smart search). Secondly, the map will be beefed up by information from social media, customers, suppliers, employees etc. On the third place it will reveal the relation network, and finally de business story (philosophy, services, operational performance) will be added.