The economy of the CEEC (Central and Eastern European Countries) has expanded rapidly in the last few years. Especially the Serbian market offers great opportunities in a growing economic area. In 2004 Serbia’s economic growth was 8,0 % (EU-average was 0,8 %) due to an increase of productivity in industry, trade and commerce.
The main objectives of the business centre are to get foreign companies and know-how in Vojvodina to help the local SME-sector grow and develop and to provide a joint base for Styrian companies to operate in Novi Sad and Vojvodina. Start-up companies and well established foreign companies share the premises in order to make best use of synergies in terms of resources and business support in the start-up phase.
The BLUEPOINT business center was initiated by the Province of Styria/Austria and the Executive Council of the Autonomous Province of Vojvodina - Serbia. BLUEWATERS functions as the investor and the operator and is responsible for implementation.
The business centre is located in the centre of Novi Sad in a nicely renovated . and technically adapted building next to river Danube, with a nice view to Petrovaradin, the castle.
The business centre is run as a management contract for the services to be offered to the businesses and start-up companies.
These services comprise:
- Highly skilled secretarial personnel (at least 3 languages: Serbian, English, German, eventually Hungarian) with strong business background and perfect in office management
- Phone and fax service
- Providing meeting and seminar rooms, best equipped with seminar facilities (flipcharts, beamer, screens, TV, CD, DVD, etc.), including a cafeteria for business chats
- Guarantee for a good mix of local services (marketing, accounting, legal services, IT-Services …)
For the Novi Sad Business Community several projects within EU programmes (e. g. INTERREG, CARDS, 7th Framework Programme R&D) are planned.
Foreign companies and know-how represent an important factor to help the local SME-sector to grow and develop. A working infrastructure is essential to support an efficient start-up.