The regional council has approved a decision that makes 130 million euros available to support productive investments by Tuscan SMEs. The resources are part of the new 2021-2027 ERDF regional programming and will be available starting next summer.
“With the launch of the new ERDF programming – explained the president Eugenio Giani – we have decided to make a significant share of resources available to support the investments of Tuscan micro, small and medium enterprises in research and development. A good 130 million euros which will serve as a driving force to encourage the propensity of companies to innovate and adapt to the constant change of the economy and international markets. The Region continues along the path of support for small and widespread entrepreneurship in the area, the backbone of our production system. Internationalisation, research and innovation and a stimulus to business creation in all sectors are the focal points for promoting the competitive restart of Tuscany”.
“We are preparing the set of aid measures for regional development – added the councilor for the economy Leonardo Marras -. This is a first useful act to prepare the ground for the definition of financial instruments that will serve to facilitate access to credit for businesses, encourage the creation of new businesses by women and among young people and, more generally, to support investments by limiting rising costs of money. The goal is also to help manufacturing companies, including those of services and tourism, in the search for ever more efficient solutions from an energy point of view, in the introduction of new technologies and in the renewal of equipment. They will be fundamental resources for Tuscany and for this reason, to make the best use of them, we will seek all possible synergies with national and European institutions”.
These will be financial instruments in the form of guarantees that will be used to restart the special regional section of the Guarantee Fund for SMEs, intended to support investments and working capital of micro, small and medium-sized enterprises, and to reinsure all operations. But also as a direct guarantee for innovative start-ups, female and youth entrepreneurship and recipients of social safety nets and community cooperatives..