Statistics reveal that succession of business ownership between generations can be a life -or-death situation for many companies in Europe: only 30% of family-owned businesses  survive the transition to a second generation while only 10% of them can overcome the  transition to a third generation. 

Success Road will address this challenge by helping manufacturing companies of the  textile, clothing and footwear sectors prepare and manage their succession, both in the  context of family successions and third party transfers. 
The project overall objective is to help project national and regional authorities implement  policies and new succession measures in their operational programmes so that SMEs  can face the succession phase better and secure their future after the  ownership change. Working to strengthen the overall sustainability and long-term viability of European SMEs will further contribute to the growth of the economy by preserving jobs and  boosting economic growth.


• To analyse the gaps between the current and the desired state of successions and  transfers of companies, and examine the parameters and obstacles at play. 
• To sensitise regional and local policymakers and civil servants to the problems  and risks of the succession process in order to foster the creation of tools to help business owners withstand the succession process. 
• To shape a business-friendly legal and institutional ecosystem by creating incentives  and removing barriers to entrepreuneurship. 

Budget: €859,640.00
Period of Implementation: from 1 Aug 2019 to 31 Jan 2023

Expected outcomes:

• Capacity building of partners' key staff, stakeholders and policy makers through Interregional Workshops, Local Stakeholder Groups meetings and Staff Exchanges which will enhance their ability to identify and meet policy instrument improvement challenges.
• Development of 4 integrated regional Action Plans with the support of stakeholders and in collaboration with regional authorities in order to propose changes and measures for a smooth transfer and succession process.
• 4 Policy Learning Guidelines on identified priority themes in order to improve policy instruments, ensure a sustainable regional development and influence policymakers in other regions.
• Improvement of 4 Policy Instruments in Greece, Lithuania, Poland, and Spain. 


• Ministry of Development and Investments, Greece (Leader)
• European Footwear Confederation, Belgium
• Lithuanian Innovation Centre, Lithuania
• AVECAL – Valencian Association of Footwear Entrepreneurs, Spain
• The Valencian Institute for Entrepreunarial Competetiveness, Spain
• Hellenic Clothing Industry Association, Greece
• Mazovia Development Agency Plc, Poland

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