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Supporting Rural Micro-Enterprises

Erasmus + and Irish Rural Link are running a two year programme which will deliver innovative and supportive online education tools for entrepreneurs and craft leaders in rural areas. Micro and craft type enterprises, will benefit from this programme in terms of increased access to improved support services to empower them to cope better with the challenges of economic crises, explore new opportunities for growth and participate fully in the EU Single Market.

The idea behind MICRO is to sustain the growth and competitiveness of rural micro-enterprises by developing practical online training resources and a dedicated Open Educational Resource

We are now looking for small businesses that are interested in the following areas to join our programme:

  • Learning  new skills & making fresh contacts
  • Gaining access to the wider European markets
  • Learning how EU wide tools and resources can benefit their business
  • Gaining market share globally through exporting
  • Finding a pathway for their product in the Euro Zone

For the first 200 businesses that sign up to participate in this programme, IRL will provide access to free face-to-face mentoring in the new modules developed as well as the potential to network with businesses taking part in the project across six European countries. In return we ask that they commit to completing the attached short survey, attend 1 national seminar, 1 locally held information seminar, and take the odd telephone call over the life of the programme (2 Years).

We would be very grateful if you could circulate this letter and survey to all who may be interested in this programme.

Should you require any further information please do not hesitate to contact Irish Rural Link.

Are you an entrepreneur or small craft business? Want to gain access to the EU market? Click here to complete the survey.

To find out more about the training and mentoring programme contact  or (090) 6482744


Ireland Rural Link’s Erasmus+ partners on the MICRO project are:

NUI Maynooth – Dept. of Adult Education is at the forefront of development in adult education practices, research and innovation

Community Development Institute CDI, Macedonia – CDI as an NGO training and resource centre and it is a recognised UNESCO club.  It is also an info point for the Council of Europe

Institute de Hauts Formation aux Politiques (IHF asbl) Belgium –  IHF asbl’s mission is to increase awareness about EU integration and offer capacity building opportunities about EU opportunities for transnational collaboration.

Internet Web Solutions IWS Spain – IWS is a leading provider of information technology, specialising in Professional web design, E-Learning projects and SEO strategies.

Italian Development Partners IDP – IDP represents the private VET provider of specialised training services for micro enterprises in a truly EU dimension.

EEO Group Greece – EEO GROUP is a leading niche consultancy that specialises in human resources development, education and lifelong learning, labour markets and public administration reform.


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