2nd Networking Workshop in Bulgaria
On 27 April 2023 ASSOCIATION SAVREMIE hosted the 2nd Networking Workshop in Sandanski (Bulgaria), which was organized within the CREATIVE HUB project with title “Development of a Creative Hub for offering support to fashion graduates, young artists start-ups and development mechanisms to the fashion sector of the cross-border area”, financed under the Cooperation Programme INTERREG V-A “Greece-Bulgaria 2014-2020”.
ORGANIZED WITHIN PROJECT CREATIVE HUB
The project partners are the Thessaloniki Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Greece (Lead Partner), Association of the Greek Fashion Industry, Greece, Gnosi Anaptixiaki NGO, Greece, Textile and Clothing Branch Organization – Bulgaria and SAVREMIE Association, Bulgaria.
In the Networking Workshop participated 24 persons – managers of Bulgarian companies from the fashion clothing industry located in the region of Blagoevgrad, Sandanski and Petrich, the deputy mayor of municipality Sandanski, other responsible representatives of the local authorities and representatives of the branch associations.
The moderator Mr. Ivanov presented the project goals, the implemented activities, and the forthcoming project activities. After that he continued with presenting the sense of Networking as a prerequisite for creating an environment for effective partnership between NGOs, the fashion clothing industry, and the administration. The topic provoked an active discussion among the participants.
After that Mr. Belovodski as a deputy director of the regional Clothing Branch Association presented some examples of good practices based on Networking activities.
The speaker Mr. Ivanov presented in addition some Networking models in the fashion clothing industry and started a discussion for the opportunities for transfer of successful Networking models relevant to the branch at regional level which could improve the competitiveness of the clothing producers in the cross-border region of Bulgaria and Greece.
The participants expressed great interest in the topics and initiated intensive discussions. As a result, the representatives of the clothing producers joint around the idea for further discussions for establishment of a regional cluster which could generate more contacts at cross-border and international level, better collaboration with the Creative Hub in Thessaloniki and attracting young designers and specialists with new creative ideas.
The event ended with a cocktail/catering where discussions continued in an informal setting.
Within the informal conversations the participants expressed their satisfaction with the workshop and their motivation to start networking initiatives with the support of Association SAVREMIE and the other project partner organizations.