Success stories

When a pandemic changes business plans and individual lives, it’s no surprise that one of the projects under the EU M4EG or Mayors for Economic Growth programme being implemented in the small western Ukrainian town of Dolyna has temporarily turned into a charity. At the end of March, the team of a Pioneer project supported by the EU under the auspices of the EU4Business initiative, began helping...
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...
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...
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. “...
Business and IT improvements prepare TAOR Karpaty for expansion Nestled in the Carpathian Mountains of Ukraine , the TAOR Karpaty lodge opened its doors to the public six years ago. Hiking, fishing and many more outdoor activities attract tourists and families seeking to escape their busy lives. “It’s time to return to nature – that’s our motto here,” explains hotel director Olena Sozanska. “Our...
Regional Doing Business, carried out for the second year in a row by the Better Regulation Delivery Office (BRDO)
The business climate for small and medium-sized businesses is slowly but surely improving in the Ukrainian regions. One of the engines of progress has been a large-scale survey entitled Regional Doing Business, carried out for the second year in a row by the Better Regulation Delivery Office (BRDO), funded by the European Union as part of the FORBIZ project. In October last year, a festive event...
How studying at the Furniture Business Management School, helped FROP become a team and improve its performance.
Vasyl Fetsenets (co-owner of FROP): We are constantly learning, not afraid of complex challenges and responsibility. How studying at the Furniture Business Management School, helped FROP become a team and improve its performance. Vasyl, please tell me, how did the idea to engage in furniture business occur? One day I received a proposal from my current business partner to invest in furniture...
EU funding for Ukrainian entrepreneurs
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How Ukrainian entrepreneurs receive concessional financing thanks to EU loan programmes Focus magazine, together with the EU Delegation in Ukraine, is launching a special project on the opportunities for small- and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) available in the country thanks to EU programmes. Focus will tell the real stories of entrepreneurs who have received funding and acquired the necessary...
Roksolana Vakulenko, director of Vip-Toys - company that Toys launched the production of children's toys with EU4Business Support
Two years ago, Vip-Toys launched the production of children's toys in the city of Rivne in Western Ukraine, operating under the Doloni-Toys trademark. Production immediately began to grow rapidly. The range of goods was initially small, with the company producing and selling just four types of toy, employing 15 people and with two pieces of equipment. Now, the range includes dozens of items, with...