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Leonardo da Vinci project EPIC 2013-1-PL1-LEO05- 37888 “Enhancing and Promoting International Business Communication”

Leonardo da Vinci project EPIC 2013-1-PL1-LEO05- 37888  “Enhancing and Promoting International Business Communication”
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Project duration 2013/10/01 - 2015/09/30

Project coordinator Danmar computers (Lenkija)

Project partners

  • Semantica Ltd (UK)
  • Euro-Friend Change Management  Consultancy (Hungary)
  • Kaunas Chamber of Commerce, industry and Crafts (Lithuania)
  • ELHUYAR ZUBIZE (Ispanija)
  • CENTRO PER LO SVILUPPO CREATIVO “DANILO DOLCI” (Italy)

General aim of the project

To pilot the new extended audit scheme in 4 countries and regions (Poland, Lithuania, Spain-Basque region and Italy-Sicily), to identify and remove linguistic and cultural barriers which arise from international trade thus enhancing their competitiveness.

Main objectives:

  • To pilot developed audit schemes for SMEs in PL, LT, ES, IT
  • To extend and implement a training programme for Communication Auditors in 4 countries and in 7 languages
  • To promote the Communication Audit Scheme
  • To select and train up to 40 language auditors across 4 countries (PL - 10; LT – 10; ES (Basque country) - 10; IT (Sicily) - 10
  • To pilot European Communication audits in 80 SMEs across PL (20), LT (20), ES (Basque Country) (20) and IT (Sicily) (20)
  • To review progress and produce report

Reason and Impact Envisaged:

European small and medium sized enterprises belong to the sector which experiences most difficulty facing communication barriers (see Elan Report, 2007) with an average annual export turnover loss of up to 11%. The Pimlico report published in autumn 2011 http://ec.europa.eu/languages/languages-mean-business/files/pimlico-full-report_en.pdf shows that SMEs gain an average of 16-25% increase in turnover if implementing a Language Management Strategy (LMS). The introduction and development of the communication audit to enable SMEs to improve their competitiveness, will enable more to survive and expand through export and in so doing support a multilingual intercultural workforce whilst retaining higher levels of employment.

Furthermore this will create new job opportunities by introducing new employment categories through the auditors and scheme managers thereby supporting mobility within the European workforce.