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Those who participate in our training or consulting programs can take advantage of various grant measures. We make these grants as accessible as possible so that you can easily make use of these benefits. Below we provide an overview. The SME Portfolio of the Flemish Government

This popular measure is intended for SMEs based in Flanders. Each company receives an annual budget of up to 7,500 euros and can use it at its own discretion for the training of its employees, directors and managers. As a participant, you yourself are responsible for applying for your SME Portfolio grant. The grant is paid directly to the consultancy or training provider.

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VLAIO (formerly the Flemish Agency for Entrepreneurship Training)

VLAIO grants a limited number of incentives to encourage Flemish entrepreneurs and managers of SMEs to take certain courses. If you meet the conditions, as a participant you do not have to undertake any administrative actions yourself. The grant is paid directly to the training provider.

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The grant of the Brussels-Capital Region

If your SME is located in Brussels, you can make use of a grant of up to 1,000 euros per training course. As a participant, you are responsible for applying for the grant. When it is approved, the government will transfer the grant money to you.

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Training premiums for employers

Covora provides premiums for employees covered by paritair comité 200 (PC200). For any training completed less than six months ago, you will receive a premium per hour depending on the age of the employee.  A premium is also provided for online learning platforms.

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When you meet Hugo, you also meet his extensive network. Due to his years of commitment to various networking organizations and platforms, Hugo is known as 'the' networker of Flanders. Hugo moderates 8 x per year an intervision evening with and for SME's and their (managing) employees. Themes are general and common in several SME companies. 

The themes are determined in consultation with a group of regular participants. The intention is to share knowledge and experience with like-minded people. The great thing is that you can learn from setbacks and successes of a colleague. 

It is also important that you can test certain challenges in a closed circle.  Much is possible, nothing is required and all this in a strong respect and trust with and for each other.  Hugo ensures the presence of a case holder and/or (experience) expert.

Hugo ensures that entrepreneurs (especially SMEs) have time for their core business.

Hugo as a generalist 'pure sang' is asked to:

Look for creative simple (cheap) solutions to optimize daily operations (increase turnover, targeted promotional actions, reduce costs, increase turnover, monitor pricing, customer management, ....)
Grow the staff from employees to co-workers in the company, especially by increasing the cooperation between the employees and the management, for example by

implementing and following up on employee startups;
formal interviews based on predefined functional performance objectives;
competence management and associated tools (training/guidance) to maintain and grow the level of employees. Added value for employees = added value for the company;
regular informal (planned) activities (personally oriented simple team buildings (read warm/personal welcome by the manager);

Tools Hugo uses include:

elaboration of a SWOT (strength/weakness) analysis
SCRA (Symptom, Cause, Remedy and Actions) where people from various companies and sectors meet, exchange expertise and learn to work together.

Besides organizing these platforms and attracting professionals, Hugo can also act as a networker and facilitator.

Finally, Hugo has a wide network of press relations, which can directly contribute to the enhancement of the corporate image.

De KMO-Portefeuille

Het is een laagdrempelige subsidiemaatregel van de Vlaamse Overheid waardoor ondernemers financiële steun krijgen bij aankoop van opleiding en adviesdiensten.

Vlaams minister van Economie, Innovatie, Werk, Sociale Economie en Landbouw, Hilde Crevits heeft zeer recentelijk een wijziging van de KMO-Portefeuille goedgekeurd.

De ontwikkeling van competenties of het aankopen van kennis van buiten de onderneming wordt naar de toekomst toe zeker nog verder aangemoedigd. De kwaliteit en de groei van kmo’s stimuleren, blijft cruciaal. Wel worden de steunpercentages in het kader van de kmo-portefeuille vanaf 1 december 2019 aangepast.

Een kleine onderneming die tot nu toe via de kmo-portefeuille, in opleiding en adviezen investeerde, kreeg 40% steun van de Vlaamse overheid. Een middelgrote onderneming kreeg 30%. Vanaf 1 december worden deze percentages respectievelijk naar 30% en 20% bijgestuurd.

Ook het plafondbedrag wordt aangepast. Daar waar het steunplafond voorheen maximum 10.000 euro voor kleine ondernemingen en 15.000 euro voor middelgrote ondernemingen bedroeg, zal het maximum plafond voor alle kmo’s vanaf 1 januari 2020, 7.500 euro bedragen.

Wenst u meer informatie over deze wijziging?

Dan verwijzen we u graag door naar Agentschap Innoveren en Ondernemen – dienst Kmo-Portefeuille