On February 4-8, 2013, Navigator Consulting Group delivered an action learning training programme on financial management for business clusters and networks in Poznan, Poland.
This training provided a practitioner template for methods of analysing and forecasting the following elements:
Fixed operating costs
Variable or project-related operating costs
Project income, expenditure and time accounting
Capital investment and depreciation
Accounting for loans and interest
3-year profit/loss modelling
Cash flow modelling
The training included a common training session, following by one-to-one counselling sessions with each cluster. A detailed financial plan for each cluster is being developed based on teamwork between Navigator and the clusters.
Eight business clusters from Poland participated:
The Wielkopolski Cluster of Renewable Energy (http://www.pcc.org.pl) is a platform for cooperation in the renewable energy industry, enabling effective combination and use of the potential of enterprises, scientific, research and financial institutions, business environment institutions and local as well as regional authorities in Wielkopolska. The members include the Polish Chamber of Commerce of Importers, Wielkopolska Energy Management Agency Ltd., the Poznan University of Technology and others.
The Wielkopolski Cluster of Furniture Design (http://www.wiph.pl/content/view/489/). comprises a group of enterprises in furniture, fittings and interior design. This Cluster promotes research and development, export development and internationalisation and networking. It has managed an innovative project for modular furniture development which is currently being patented. The Cluster‘s members include Axxion Industries Polska, PPHU Arkos, Meble Elmar-Jerczyńscy Sp.j. and other.
The Wielkopolskie Clusters Centre (http://www.wielkopolskiklastering.pl) provides a platform for closer cooperation of clusters. The Centre promotes networking, training and development, joint procurement initiatives and other projects which improve the environment for social and economic development of clusters. The members of the Cluster include: Idea! Management Consulting Poznan, the Logistics Institute, SynergIT Cluster, the Poznan University of Economics and others.
The Wielkopolski Informatic Cluster (http://wklaster.pl/en/). This is the leading ICT cluster in Poland based on NGPexcellence Benchmarking by VDI/VDE. In 2011, the Cluster was awarded the European Cluster Excellence Initiative Bronze Label award excellence in cluster management. The Wielkopolska IT Cluster provides a range of services, including research and development, training, new standards development, recruitment and networking. It promotes innovation and start-ups via cooperation between its members. The members of the cluster include: Alma SA, Emtel Systems, RS Adware, Talex SA and other.
The “Leszno Taste” Cluster (http://leszczynskiesmaki.pl/en/) was created by the Leszno Business Centre and the Municipality of Leszno. Its objectives are to develop the regional brand of Leszno food products in Poland and internationally. Clusters members include: Jan Korbik, the Business Centre of Leszno and other.
Cloudcube (http://cloudcube.pl). Cloudcube is an IT business cluster in Poznan, Poland. In addition to information technology development and incubation projects, Cloudcube also provides serviced office space and meeting rooms for companies.
The Poznan Education Cluster (http://klasteredukacyjny.pl) is managed by the Polish Centre for Continuing Education and Practical Training (http://www.pceuip.pl). The Cluster provides education, vocational training, apprenticeships and continuing educational opportunities. This is an innovative cluster for closer cooperation between employers and vocational education providers, and has developed a practical training centre for electronics, mechatronics, renewable energy and other function which is used by employers and educational institutions. Cluster members include the Poznańskie Centrum Edukacji Ustawicznej i Praktycznej, Celtech, C&K Systems, Job Impulse Polska SP.z.o.o., Manpowe Polska, Polychem Systems, and others.
Cluster of Poligraphy and Advertising (http://www.poligrafia.leszno.eu). This cluster comprises printing and advertising firms in Leszno, covering a wider geographic region. The cluster develops vocational training and higher standards in printing and package design and promotes research and development contracts between its members and research centres. It provides an active networking and cooperation framework for its members, who include Akryler S.C., Aris Opakowania, Reklama Graff, P.P.H.U. Inter-Paco, Manus Biuro Handlowe and others.
Work on this project intensifies Navigator’s exposure to supporting high-technology, entrepreneurial companies, and supports our Entrepreneurship Charter and the operations of our own business incubator.
This project is being implemented with the Partnership for Local Government, the Wielkopolska Chamber of Commerce and Industry, the Kaunas Chamber of Commerce and Industry and the Human Capital Research and Development Institute of Lithuania. The project is co-funded by the EU’s Leonardo da Vinci programme.
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