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Almeria Provincial Council launches the ‘Acelera Pyme Rural Office’.

Almeria Provincial Council launches the Acelera Pyme Rural Office
The Provincial Institution is promoting this project with Next Generation European Funds.

The Provincial Council of Almeria is committed to the digital transformation of companies in the province with the launch of the ‘Acelera Pyme Rural Dipalme Office’, an initiative promoted through European Next Generation Funds with the objectives of fixing companies in rural environments by strengthening their implementation in the online universe, while at the same time boosting the Almeria economy.

The recipients of this service are small and medium-sized enterprises, including start-ups, freelancers and entrepreneurs based in municipalities with less than 20,000 inhabitants in the province. The companies that join this initiative will receive personalised advice on how to tackle and/or improve their digital business model, as well as the steps to follow to apply for aid for business development and digital transformation.

This morning, the deputy for the Presidency, Fight against depopulation and Tourism, Fernando Giménez, and the deputy for Employment, Economic Promotion, European Initiatives, Trade and Enterprise, Carmen Navarro, explained the details of this project, which contributes to the transformation of the economy and society towards a digital environment through personalised, local advice.

The deputy for the Presidency stressed that “this is the first Next Generation call for proposals that we have accessed and we are confident that it will be the first of many that we have applied for. This project will help to digitally transform our companies, to take on the demographic challenge and to move forward with this tool that will allow them to continue growing and generating employment”. The deputy also recalled that this initiative is in addition to others already launched by the Provincial Council to promote companies such as ‘Almeria, youth employment against depopulation’, or the Generational Relay Plan.

In this sense, Fernando Giménez reflected that in recent years it has been proven, especially during the pandemic, that companies that do not have a solid digital base in their business model compete at a disadvantage. For this reason, he added, “this project will boost our companies, helping to achieve two of our greatest objectives: to equalise opportunities between Almeria residents, wherever they live, and to fix the population”.

Finally, Fernando Giménez has highlighted that “the ‘Almeria Pyme Rural Dipalme Office’ is another clear example of how from the Provincial Council we put within reach of Almeria companies all the tools that Europe brings us. It is a new opportunity for Almeria to continue growing. From the Provincial Council we will continue working to be at the side of our companies, so that they have useful tools, so that the province continues to grow demographically and that the people of Almeria, in all municipalities, have the same opportunities as in the rest of Spain”.

For her part, Carmen Navarro has highlighted the excellent reception of this project of the Diputación de Almería, which has been selected among the top eight of the more than seventy that have been presented at national level, and pointed out that “the ‘Acelera Pyme Rural Office’ will create a virtual headquarters along with physical offices with a team of itinerant professionals who will have as base offices the various Municipalities Assistance Units of the province. All SMEs and entrepreneurs who request it will be offered a service of proximity and support, where the technicians of the Office will go to the companies to provide advice with the aim of making digital transformation a reality”.

In this aspect, “proximity”, lies the great potential of this initiative, said Navarro who, in turn, stressed that “the whole province will be covered and the technicians who go in person to the companies and entrepreneurs who request it will help them to apply for other subsidies so that they can have access to software or computer equipment to boost their business. We are going to make companies in small municipalities more competitive”.

The ‘Acelera Pyme Rural Dipalme Office’ will have a specific team that is being finalised and will soon be available to accompany companies and entrepreneurs in their digital transformation process at no cost. A website will also be created with all the information on the initiative so that companies that meet the requirements to participate can benefit from this service. It has a budget of over 500,000 euros, 80% financed by European Funds and 20% by the Provincial Council.

In addition, as has been explained, the project will maintain close collaboration with the entities and institutions of the province that are experts in the digital process of companies to add synergies such as the Chamber of Commerce, Rural Development Groups, Tecnova Foundation, Asempal, CADE’s, Guadalinfo Centres, PITA, University of Almeria, town halls where the Municipal Assistance Units are located…


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