"The Role of Individual Firm in Economic Resilience workshop" took place on the 6/10/20 and was moderated by Dr John Hobbs, Lead Partner, and Mr Piotr Zawada of Rzeszow Regional Development Agency.  We hosted 70 people in our webinar.

Foundation is especially important in the response to Covid-19. The consortium is working to develop Action Plans which will support the re-opening of industry and those members of the workforce affected by the crisis getting back into employment.
The webinar was an opportunity to present nine examples of how companies across Europe are fighting coronavirus pandemic.

"Actions to increase economic resilience on the bases of an example of an automotive industry company"- Pawel Tetela of BorgWarner Rzeszow
BorgWarner Inc. is an American global supplier of components and parts for the automotive industry, known primarily from products for drive systems, including manual and automatic transmissions, transmission components, etc. The General Manger of Rzeszow branch, presented solutions that the company used to minimize the influence of the pandemic on the firm's economy.

"Student Inc. Supporting Students Entrepreneurs"- Carole O'Leary from Ireland

Student Inc. is an acceleration program for student entrepreneurs that involves cooperation with three third-level institutions. The program run in June, July and August, where a total of 30 students worked full-time on their business ideas at three on-campus incubators at University College Cork, Cork Institute of Technology and the Institute of Technology Tralee.

"Way from road transport to intermodal centre"- Balázs Barta of Pannon Business Network Association from Hungary

PBN is a regional development organisation focusing on the strengthening of regional SMEs, clusters and industrial parks. Its objective is job creation and the improvement of the living standard in the West Transdanubian region through services delivered to targeted stakeholders. The presenter explained assumptions of the company activity.

"MicroENTRE Growth Network"- Anna-Mari Simunaniemi from Finland
MicroENTRE is a research unit at the University of Oulu. It supports northern regions in creating evidence-based platforms for micro-enterprise growth. Their research co-operation covers almost 50 countries.

"Role of AGS Engineering in times of crisis"- Walter Kohlbauer from Austria

AGS engineering GmbH offers individual automation solutions for machines, production lines, robots, up to industrial control technology for machines and buildings. For special machinery, production systems and industrial building automation, customer-specific software is planned, developed and run on site. The scope of services also includes the planning of system electronics and control cabinet technology, connection to higher-level control systems or quality management systems, and the development of applications for industrial image processing.

"Stronger Together"- Janine Smith from UK, representing Growth Company

Growth Company is a non-profit institution that drives business, economic, personal and professional growth in communities by enhancing employment, skills, investment and entrepreneurship. It operates in the UK and its mission is to stimulate domestic investment and international trade, playing a key role in developing business relations and partnerships between British cities and regions in both developing and mature countries.

"The history of Mecanicas Bolea increasing industrial resilience"- Eladio Valcárcel from Spain

MECANICAS BOLEA SA is located in Spain and is part of the Fabricated Metal Product Manufacturing Industry. Its directive and professional base is formed by personnel from the former companies Talleres BALCO and WORTHINGTON ESPAÑA SA, companies of recognized prestige in the manufacture of engines and maintenance at international level.

"How Ekofrisa used crisises to their advantage"- Ieva Ragauskienė from Lithuania

UAB Ekofrisa was founded in 2003 with an idea to develop and produce a full range of conventional and organic groat products. Now, it is one of the major manufacturers of grains in The Baltic States. The company is specialized in processing buckwheat, barley, wheat, pearl barley and pea groats, etc. All the raw materials used in production are bought directly from Lithuanian farmers, thus ensuring the best quality possible.

"Engaging with start-ups to enhance corporate innovation"- Davide Bezzecchi from Italy

Unindustria Reggio Emilia is the Association that represents nearly 1,000 companies in the province and over 47,000 employees. It is engaged in representing member companies in relations with economic, political, trade union, social and cultural institutions and administrations and towards public opinion. It works with professionals and collaborators who offer an integrated network of services (trade union and labor consultancy, internationalization, tax-financial sector and everything related to the production, technological and economic sphere).