|Description of the project
The project covers all 13 regions of the country. The enterprises are financed by the Operational Programme “Information Society”, of the 3rd Community Support Framework, in the framework of Measure 3.2.
The following participated in the programme:
a) Enterprises with no connection to the Internet (basket 1) which were financed in order to purchase:
- A computer
- A printer
- Office automation software
- Technical support
- 2-year connection to an Internet provider
b) Enterprises with connection to the Internet (basket 2) which were strengthened in order to:
- acquire a domain name
- to develop websites with the possibility of conducting electronic transactions
- technical support
- 2-year hosting in an Internet provider
The Ultimate Beneficiary of the project is ΕΟΜΜΕΧ (Hellenic Organisation of Small and Medium Sized Enterprises and Handicraft SA). There is synergy between the project and the OP “Competitiveness” of the Ministry for the Development, through which the “Training Support of Go-online” is financed. More than 85% of the enterprises which have implemented their projects have also been trained via the said programme.
The innovation of the “GO-ONLINE” project lies in the submission of a simple document for the application, the electronic payment of the grant through the “DIAS” inter-bank system, the possibility of being supplied with equipment with the submission of the participation application and the immediate evaluation of the project (approval decision within 1 month from the date of submitting the application).
The budget of the project is approximately 44.5 m€ (public expenditure approximately 18 m€).
|Progress of the project
The project was implemented in the January 2002 – December 2004 period, while the budget which has been contracted comes up to 44.2 m€.
Upon the conclusion of “GO-ONLINE”, the second cycle, “GO-ONLINE II”, will start with a total budget of approximately 50 m € (public expenditure 19.8 m€), having as a target 16,000 small and medium-sized enterprises and including a more flexible way of choosing equipment and services packages. It will also have an increased subsidy in relation to the first cycle up to approximately 4,000€.
Furthermore, the action for the strengthening of farmers and fishermen, of a budget of 15.5 m € (public expenditure 12.6 m €) belongs to the “GO-ONLINE” programmes. The target of this action is the strengthening of 10,000 multi-active farmers and 1,000 fishermen in order to familiarize them with new technologies, to purchase computers and be connected to the Internet.
|Results of the project
The “GO-ONLINE” programme boosted the relationship of the small enterprise with the Internet and opened up new technological roads, although the subsidy in order to purchase equipment was a basic motive for many enterprises in order to participate in the programme.
The results of the project to-date are that 20,000 enterprises implemented the programme “GO-ONLINE” while approximately 17,000 enterprises have completed their training in the programme.
The conclusions show that the overwhelming majority of enterprises -approximately 92%- chooses basket 1.
Furthermore, 61% of the enterprises that have implemented a project in the framework of the “GO-ONLINE” programme belong to the following four sectors:
- Retail trade, with the exception of car and bike trades
- Wholesale trade and commission trade with the exception of car and bike trades
- Trade, maintenance and repair of cars and bikes: retail trade of fuels for vehicles
- Hotels and restaurants
From a Pan-Hellenic research of GRNET / CENTRUM for 2003, as regards the use of new information and communication technologies by the small and medium sized enterprises, 27% of the small and medium sized enterprises were aware of the “GO-ONLINE” programme, 13% of the “Train in Go-Online”, while 60% of the enterprises said that it meets the needs of enterprises (44% to a great extent). More than half of the Small and Medium- sized Enterprises (57%) said that they are quite interested (15%) or more interested (42%) in the programme.
The enterprises that believe that the “GO-ONLINE” programme meets the needs of the enterprise numbered a series of such needs. The first one mentioned by 52% of the enterprises was the need for the provision of information for the enterprise sector. Moreover, considerable percentages were recorded for the needs to buy equipment/ software (34%), to finance new technologies (51%) and to computerize the enterprise (30%).
Finally, 40% of the enterprises that were aware of the programme answered that they are quite or very much interested in the integration of the enterprise in the programme, while 17% expressed interest to be integrated in the programme.