26 September 2011
WYG has been awarded a €12.8m contract as part of the Polish Agency for Enterprise Development’s (PAED) new ‘Rapid Response Instrument’ project.
Under the three-year project, which commences September 2011, WYG will offer government and EU subsidised business consultancy and training services to companies right across Poland in a drive to help them overcome the negative effects of the economic slowdown.
In the past two years, like many other countries, Poland experienced the slowdown as a result of the global financial crisis. This situation forced organisations to implement change in order to offset economic challenges. It is a hands on process that often requires support.
Andrzej Dziurdzik, Director of WYG in Poland, said: “The main goal of the ‘Rapid Response Instrument’ project is to provide training and consulting services to companies and employees at risk of negative effects of the economic slowdown.
“Financial assistance will be provided in the form of de minimis aid. Those benefiting from the aid will be SML (small, medium, large) enterprises that are not at risk by definition, but can be affected by the slowdown.
“As a multi-disciplinary business, we have significant experience in consulting and outplacement services from a vast array of projects providing strategic planning and trainings to enterprises. Within eight years, we have carried out over 300 outplacement projects for 7000 people.
“We have gained our expertise from working on numerous projects in various sectors and our team of experts are proficient in the services being provided on this project.”
Participating companies will initially receive in-depth consulting support, resulting in the production of bespoke development plans. These plans will identify areas of weakness and associated corrective actions as well as pro-active growth strategies. Areas covered will include marketing, sales, production, engineering and technology, as well as human, material, financial, organisational and information resources.
In the second stage of the project, the development plans will be implemented by the participating companies with the support and assistance of WYG’s consultants and trainers.
Around 210 small medium and large enterprises are expected to benefit under the project.
Michał Bonin, Chief Specialist, Polish Agency of Enterprise Development said: “Nowadays, many Polish companies need support to minimise the negative effects of rapid economic changes and to increase their productivity, innovation and competitiveness. In the framework of PAED’s new project - ‘Rapid Response Instrument’ - entrepreneurs will be advised on how to build development strategies and obtain benefits from ‘development restructuring’. Under this pilot instrument, newly designed and developed by PAED, the beneficiaries will be provided with a complete package of services including situation analysis, consulting services during the implementation of the development plan, trainings for employees and outplacement services.
“From the experience WYG has in providing consulting and outplacement services, we felt that the consultancy was the best choice for this highly demanding project.”
WYG, which now has eight offices in Poland employing over 250 staff, has been working on a number of major contracts in the last 12 months, including Europe’s largest water enhancement project valued at €60m, a training and advisory project “Strategic planning in Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises” and trainings for small and medium enterprises in the construction sector. Consultants at WYG’s Katowice office recently announced the completion of the design of the National Radio Symphonic Orchestra’s concert building, on which they developed the road infrastructure and transport network.