Rural Innovation and Business Systems
The Rural Innovation and Business Systems (RIBS) project is a Northern Periphery Programme project lead by Highlands and Islands Enterprise, Scotland. The other participating partners are; Lulea University of Technology in Sweden, Micropolis in Finland, West Iceland Regional Development in Iceland and WESTBIC in Ireland.
The project will specifically help SMEs in rural regions of Scotland, Sweden, Finland, Iceland and Ireland to address the effects of the economic downturn and strengthen their competitiveness and growth potential. Based on the needs analysis of the SMEs and the business support community in the target regions, RIBS will develop Business Growth Programmes (RIBS products) in four main areas:
- SME growth
- SME internationalisation
- Rural clusters
The RIBS work programme combines leading innovation system research and knowledge coupled with the accumulated expertise of practitioners in the field of SME support. RIBS will develop these four business support products that will be tested and refined through feedback from the SMEs themselves and independent experts. The learning will be captured and disseminated through this collaborative web platform.