The First Export Programme was founded in Argentina in 2001 and celebrates its second full year of operation in Spain. The programme is focused on supporting SMEs as they take their first steps in exporting anywhere in the world, with a complete training plan, free of charge and ongoing, which includes face-to-face and online training sessions, advice and customised tutorials.
10th anniversary of the Training and Business Trip to Barcelona
The main initiatives of the First Export Programme include grants for training on foreign trade, provided by the Gas Natural Fenosa Foundation. This programme has given thirty companies, 15 in Spain and 15 in Argentina, the opportunity to take graduate-level course at the Barcelona School of Management, part of the Pompeu Fabra University's Institute of Continuous Education.
The Foundation has also organised meetings with the 15 Spanish and 15 Argentinian entrepreneurs who are taking part in the postgraduate course to promote exchanges and trade agreements between them and to drive forward the international expansion processes of their SMEs.
Companies from the following sectors took part in this course: Food, Cosmetics, Legal, Clothing, Drinks, Financial, Software, CNG Equipment, Foreign Trade, Education/Research, Wine Making, Metal, Security, Jewellery, Frozen Produce, Agricultural Machinery, Construction, Translation, Publishing, Sports Equipment, Automotive, Natural Gas, Renewable Energy, Composite Materials, Textiles and Consulting.
On Monday 6 June, the opening ceremony took place at the headquarters of the Barcelona School of Management. It was led by Carme Martinell, Managing Director of the Barcelona School of Management, Manuel Beguer i Mayor, International Project Coordinator at the Gas Natural Fenosa Foundation, Bettina Llapur, Director of Communication at Gas Natural Fenosa Argentina, Pablo Furnari, Director of the PPE in Argentina, Emilio Segura, Director of the PPE in Spain and Carles Murillo, Director of the Master’s at the Barcelona School of Management.
The training and business week will conclude on Friday with participation from the Deputy Consul of Argentina in Barcelona, Martín F. Soto, the Managing Director of the Gas Natural Fenosa Foundation, Martí Solà, the Managing Director of the Barcelona School of Management, Carme Martinell, and the Director of Communication at Gas Natural Fenosa Argentina, Bettina Llapur.