regional development company
The Jyväskylä Region comprises of seven municipalities located in Central Finland, with a total population of over 175, 000. The positive growth of the region is the result of careful planning, a high level of local expertise, and the successful co-operation between the local government, companies and the educational institutes of the region. Jykes provides advisory and development services for SMEs in all stages of the company life-cycle: setting up a business, positioning the business in the market, business development (especially help for young developing companies), giving the companies an international dimension, and assistance in the ownership change. Other services offered by Jykes are basic business counselling, growth and development services, networking, internationalisation, and relocation services. The development services are focused on the key industries of the region: technology industry, wood and construction product industry, transport logistics, health and wellness, knowledge intensive business services (KIBS) and conference and event tourism. The basic advisory services are available free of charge for all companies operating in the Jyväskylä Region. The development services are offered to enterprises operating in focus areas.
Additionally, Jykes is also involved in carrying out a number of projects and has considerable experience in planning, implementing and administering EU-funded projects. Most of these projects are funded by making use of structural funds. Euro Challenge - European Support System for International Co-operation of SMEs – is one of the on-going projects aiming to analyse and develop support models in partner countries to increase the sustainability of SME- partnerships and SME co-operations. Another aim is to encourage SMEs for further international development and to increase their competitiveness through effective interregional partnerships. There is also a project focusing on networking in the metal industry sector. The aim is to promote networking between subcontractors and partners by developing competence, co-operation and infrastructure. Additional goal is to encourage the re-use of existing industrial premises and further development of a metal industry business cluster in Jyväskylä. Jykes also participates in the ”Complex Challenges, Innovative Cities - CCIC” - project which aims to improve regional policies by enhancing innovation in the public sector and increasing collaboration between local and regional authorities, public entities and other stakeholders. Best practices identified in the project (in the Jyväskylä region) include the use of service voucher, participative city planning in the Kangas residential area as well as the Huhtasuo school and day care centre, which was realised with public private partnership.