Each year, ACCIÓ supports more than 23,000 customers and assists them in nearly 15,400 projects with the aim of strengthening the competitiveness of the Catalan economy. Through various programmes, in 2018 it mobilized investments of more than 990 million euros by Catalan companies.
In the field of internationalization, through its network of Trade and Investments Offices, it managed more than 1,600 projects assisting Catalan companies to access foreign markets and consolidate their international presence. In this regard, ACCIÓ carried out 68 business missions with more than 700 companies participating in 2018, one of the more direct instruments to explore new markets, seek business opportunities and find local partners.
With regard to attracting foreign investment, 84 projects materialized in 2018 mobilizing more than 322 million euros and contributing to the creation of 5,455 new jobs and the maintenance of another 1,269. In fact, 129 euros were attracted for each euro of public budget.
Also, each year ACCIÓ provides its services to nearly 8,000 customers with the aim of fostering innovation as one of the engines of competitiveness: from support for the performance of research and development (R&D) collaboration projects and knowledge transfer between companies, technology centres, universities and other stakeholders in innovation, to support for the SMEs to access innovation, or assistance to startups during their process of growth, consolidation and internationalization.
The improvement of access to business funding in Catalonia is another of ACCIÓ’s priorities. In this regard, every year nearly 3,100 projects are supported by ACCIÓ in the area of funding.
Another mechanism that ACCIÓ provides to enterprise to improve its competitiveness are clusters. These are groups of companies and institutions from the same sector that share a platform to grow, generate critical mass, share market challenges and trends, do networking, increase their visibility and promote themselves to the world. Currently, the Catalonia Clusters programme has 29 associated clusters, comprising more than 2,300 companies, 310,000 employees and totalling 74,000 million euros of aggregate turnover.