Success stories

When a pandemic hits and your business is one of the key types forced into complete lockdown, how do you cope with the quarantine at your sports and aqua-entertainment complex? Do you lay off your employees? Do you look for other ways to cut costs drastically? That’s how some companies might respond. But not Lviv’s Pliazh Aquapark. The 12-year old Pliazh Aquapark in Lviv is not only the biggest...
Art Lunch , an Armenian enterprise providing food, catering and hospitality services, has been able to move to e-marketing model that increased turnover by 78% and improved sales by 31% with EU4Business support through the EBRD’s Advice for Small Businesses programme. In turn, the company has been supporting Armenia by providing food to 1,500 COVID patients and individuals who have become...
Three Western Ukrainian participants in a cluster development programme supported by the EBRD and the EU4Business initiative re-oriented production to help with the pandemic—and saved jobs, too. During the two months of Ukraine’s quarantine and lockdown, three garment-making clusters in Western Ukraine were able to achieve this: 100% of jobs saved, 1 million protective masks and 12,000 protective...
EBRD and EU4Business help AugmentAR look to the future Just a few years ago, 3D printing belonged more to industrial settings than to people’s homes. The rapid evolution of the field and the growth of the market mean that 3D printers are now available at affordable prices to consumers, so everyone can create their own kitchen utensils, toys and DIY tools. In Armenia , the AugmentAR team, which is...
In early April, 10,000 express COVID-19 tests arrived in three oblasts of Western Ukraine—Vinnytsia, Ternopil and Khmelnytskiy. The whole process—from the search for a test to delivery—was handled by six small businesses that are part of a cluster of bridal wear manufacturers called Podillya Wedding Group. The cluster was launched in 2018 with the support of EU under the EU4Business initiative,...
Rapid coronavirus response in Ukraine: from blouses to face masks
Santa Ukraina swiftly switches manufacturing following EBRD and EU support Hundreds of fashionable dresses, blouses and skirts are the garments that textile producer Santa Ukraina usually manufactures and ships to European retail brands every day. But the coronavirus has transformed its work: “We realised very quickly that now was the time to act,” explains Evhen Dyrdin , CEO of Santa Ukraina. “...
Helping companies go digital during times of self-isolation
Today, when all around the world people are practicing self-isolation and social distancing, some small businesses are doing their best to re-arrange their operations. Some do so successfully with tools made available with help from the EBRD and EU4Business. The case in point is supermarket Georgita in Tbilisi, Georgia . The company started its operations in 2001. Over the years, it opened two...
Supporting the Georgian food industry at times of Covid-19
EBRD and EU4Business help local poultry farm Chirina boost its capacity Early February now seems a lifetime ago, but back then, a chicken farm in Georgia was preparing for a new milestone: Chirina was adding 14 new turnkey broiler farmhouses to i ncrease production by 50 per cent , calling for a grand celebration. A little help from friends, including the EBRD and EU4Business, contributed to the...
EU4Business supports Georgian production of 40,000 medical gowns so far to help COVID-19 response
A project by EU4Business and German Government helped Georgian startup company, Doctor Goods, manufacture 40,000 medical gowns in a week to address the COVID-19 pandemic. Georgian producer of medical textiles, Doctor Goods, was able to produce 40,000 medical gowns in a week after 12 additional sewing machines were purchased with support from the EU4Business Initiative of the European Union and...
The earliest known winery in the world, unearthed in a cave in Armenia, dates from about 6,100 years ago. One of the oldest modern-day enterprises in Armenia, Voskevaz Winery LLC, has been taking the best traditions of vintners beyond Armenia to new markets. Based on a strategic development plan put together with the support of EU4Business, two key goals are increasing sales 21% and expanding...