Success stories

Innovative advisory project puts wine village of Mukhrani on the tourism map It is said that for agritourism to thrive, visitors need three things – something to see, something to do and something to buy. The charming village of Mukhrani, only a 30 kilometre drive from Georgia’s capital Tbilisi, ticks all the boxes. Shrouded in greenery, it combines the history of the Georgian royal family with...
manager of Biox Comerţ, Roman Balan
Although the Small and Medium-sized Enterprise (SME) sector is promising in the Republic of Moldova, the lack of investment is making it uncompetitive, and this means the economic growth that could be generated by the private sector is yet to materialise. Interest rates on commercial loans offered by banks are far too high for small businesses, and the repayment terms are too short, so the...
A Lviv entrepreneur founded a company supplying one of the most attractive markets in the world – the European Union. New equipment purchased with an EU4Business loan will allow her to increase deliveries by 15%. “Show us the most beautiful equipment,” we ask Lviv entrepreneur Nataliya Nichoga before a photo shoot at her production facility. “The most beautiful is the one that works. And all of...
A worker manufactures kitchen equipment at the Nerji plant in Georgia
With funding from the European Union under its EU4Business initiative, EBRD - Advice for Small Businesses has helped a Georgian kitchen equipment manufacturer to improve performance and efficiency. Nerji LTD is the sole manufacturer of commercial kitchenware in Georgia, with over 600 corporate clients. Stainless steel fridges, freezers, ovens, grills and cupboards under the Nerji brand can be...
MPT Georgia has been producing apparel products for Danish multi-brand fashion group DK Company, a leading fashion company in Europe, for the last three years. The labels of various brands that are part of the group – Coop Denmark, Denim Hunter, B-Young, Fransa – read “Made in Georgia” in nine languages. The Danish company sells MPT Georgia-made clothing in Germany, the UK, Norway and Canada. MPT...
Artak Petrosyan in his workshop
Artak Petrosyan is a skilled craftsman who carves wood, particularly furniture in the city of Vagharshapat, in Armenia’s Armavir region . In August 2017, he started his own business after start-up training from an EU-funded project. Petrosyan took part in the ‘Successful Start’ start-up business support programme organised by the ‘Boosting Competitiveness of regional SMEs’ project, co-funded by...
Natalya Lukyanchenko, director and founder of the school
The ‘Stupeni’ (‘steps’) school in Odessa has received a grant from the EU to conduct an energy inspection, after the private Waldorf school applied to the EBRD’s Advice for Small Businesses programme. After modernising the heating system, the classrooms will be much warmer in winter, and the maintenance of the building will cost half a million hryvnyas less a year. Teenagers perched in the...
It’s been almost three years that entrepreneur Aram Tovmasyan from Lernagog village in Armenia’s Armavir region has been testing at home the production of apricot kernels in salt. Both the business idea and the product are new in the Armenian market, but they have already generated great interest. The entrepreneur has developed a special technique, which allows him to produce a delicious and...
Olga Radinovich is the General Director of Reabilitimed, a Ukrainian manufacturer of orthopaedic and medical products. Her company had been wanting to invest in new equipment from Germany for two years when she heard on the radio about EU4Business SME loans through the German Ukrainian Fund (GUF). Under the programme, 50% of the nominal interest rate set by the loan agreement is compensated for...
Rahman Abdurahmanov, the General Director of AZZA
Azerbaijan
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AZZA Cake House is the most popular manufacturer of cake and confectionary products in Azerbaijan. Originally established as a clothes store in 2004, the brand subsequently branched out into the café business. Four years later, AZZA moved into confectionary, and the company has not looked back since, today boasting the largest network of cake shops in the country. “ Initially we were working as a...