The European Committee of the Regions (CoR) reasoning for awarding the prize this year to Business Region Göteborg is the innovative approach on which the entire strategy behind the city of Gothenburg’s business strategy programme is based. In particular, it highlights the inclusive work process, which is based on dialogue, involvement and strong interaction between the thirteen municipalities in the Gothenburg region, industry, academia and other public players. The CoR comments the structured approach to defining the region’s challenges and goals and how these have been linked to specific actions and activities. There are clear definitions of what is to be done, who will do what, when it should be done and how it should be followed up. The CoR also highlights the strength of the strategy being based on a long-term perspective and trust in each other, and the fact that it transcends electoral terms and is thus independent of political governance in the region.
Business Region Göteborg has one of the best European strategies for entrepreneurship!
Axel Josefson, chairman of the municipal Executive Board in Gothenburg
“In the strategy, we have developed a sustainable method of working where we together define in detail what 35 organisations in the city of Gothenburg and all the municipalities in the Gothenburg region will do to achieve the overall target of 120,000 new jobs in 2035. For example, we offer in-service training to all new employees in the city of Gothenburg for a better understanding of entrepreneurship,” says Pia Areblad.
“All in all, we are working to ensure that the Gothenburg region will be one of the metropolitan regions in Europe that is best at gaining skills and attracting talent, offering the best conditions for high and sustainable growth as well as the best climate for business and innovation.”