European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) Advice for Small Businesses (EU-funded)
At the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD), we provide more than just finance. We also provide business advice to small to medium-sized businesses. If you want to grow your business, we know how to help.
Funded by the European Union in Lebanon, we connect our clients to local consultants and international advisers who can help transform a huge range of businesses on a cost share basis. We can help your business grow through:
1- Local Advisory projects:
If your company could benefit from a specific type of know-how then we can support a range of projects. These usually involve working with qualified local consultants and often last around four to six months.
This advice covers specialised areas of expertise including:
• Engineering solutions
• Quality management
• Financial management
• Energy efficiency and environment.
To make your businesses more competitive, our experts draw on and apply the latest best practice and thinking in these areas. We know each of our consultants personally and they meet our rigorous standards. We work closely with them to deliver the highest quality advice for your business.
2- International Advisory projects:
If you are looking to compete internationally, we also have opportunities to work with an international adviser who brings more than 15 years of senior-management experience gained in the same industry. He or she shares this know-how directly with you and your management team, to help your company become fitter and develop a credible strategy for growth. These projects involve a strategic review of every aspect of the enterprise, from sales and marketing to exports, investment, and financial and strategic planning. What’s more, our international advisers have a network of industry contacts developed over the course of a career, often providing connections that result in supplier/buyer and partner relationships and open up new markets.
How to apply
To qualify for assistance, enterprises must meet the following criteria:
• Size: up to 250 employees and an annual turnover of less than €50 million.
• Ownership: be majority privately owned and majority owned by local nationals.
• Maturity: operate for a minimum of 2 years.
• Sector of activities: operate in any of the sectors where the EBRD operates except banking, financial services, financing of military activities or production of tobacco, gambling facilities and insurance.
• Integrity: Enterprise and management should be credible and respectable; no previous or on-going legal proceedings which may affect the implementation of the project.