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Bulgarian Furniture Cluster

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General Information
The date when the cluster organisation was established: 
Tuesday, 11 August, 2009
Number of staff in the management team of the cluster organisation : 
1-5
Regions: 
Югозападен (Yugozapaden)
Membership to other networks/partnerships: 
NameWebsite
Association Of Business Clusters
BULGARIAN BRANCH CHAMBER OF WOODWORKING AND FURNITURE INDUSTRY
Cluster Management Team: 
NameSurnamePositionTelephoneEmail
Genoveva
Christova-Murray
Cluster Manager
00359888940345
g.christova@ligna-group.com
Zlatka
Shikerova
Other
0035928164224
info@furnitureclusterbg.com
Velina
Ilieva
Project Manager
00359878330297
info@furnitureclusterbg.com
Languages spoken: 
Bulgarian
English
Russian
Sectoral and Industrial Focus
Sectoral Industries: 
Furniture
Wood Products
Technology fields: 
Creative products
Creative services
S3 EU priority areas: 
Furniture
Eco-innovations
Emerging industries: 
Creative Industries
Composition of the cluster
Total number of members: 
23
Number of SME members: 
17
Number of research organisations/universities/technology centres: 
3
Entrepreneurship and scale-up support facilities in the cluster's ecosystem (see "Organisation type"): 
Name and link of major players: 
NameWebsiteType
BCC 95
SME
ESTE Furniture
SME
IKIS SL
SME
Ligna Group
SME
TOTAL - M
SME
Mebeli Dimov
SME
Fantastico Mebel
SME
BBCWFI
SME
Technical University Of Sofia
University
Professional School Of Woodprocessing and Forestry
University
Cluster Strategy
Mission/Objectives: 

       A cluster strategy was prepared at the end of 2015. The main objectives of this strategy are stated below:

 The key elements of the strategy follow a normal pattern for Clusters, particularly in the Manufacturing sector. The 12 sections of this are interlinked and all will also feed off the findings of the Value Chain Analysis which review 30 SMEs (15 – in the Cluster; 15 – outside Cluster).

            Also the need to improve and acquire Silver  label status of the European Cluster Excellence Management Program means that certain actions need to be followed by Cluster staff to be further accredited (to achieve this would mean the ability to take part in key EU programs and projects).

A heading of an internationalization covers 2 elements:

  • Export Development
  • International Project Development

            Export Development is the subject of a specific "Export Strategy" to be prepared for August 2015. The recommendations from that will be placed in this section at that time.

            On International Project Development these are exciting times for BFC:

  • The Furnitu-RE Project is led by BFC and may lead to a further, much larger Project
  • Supply Chain Development moves using Romanian and Turkish suppliers could be developed as a Pan – EU Project
  • A Design Project work opened up with Copenhagen and Turkey is a possible EU Project and
  • X-Cluster work is highly mentioned on the EU Agenda – e.g. Geriatric living; Passport for Wood Products (needing IT solutions); Interior Life-Style concepts etc.

            The work with Romania and Turkey, as well as previous work with Serbia, may lead to a future X-Border Project.

            The Strategy for the next 3 years might be as follows:

  • 2015/ 16: develop the Furnitu-RE Project on Re-Manufacturing
  • 2016/ 17: apply for Design Project X-Europe
  • 2017/ 18: apply for X-Border or X-Cluster Project

            Since most of these projects are started slowly and take up to 18 months to be born, the preparatory work needs to start and continue over the next 12 months.

The strategy also provides guidelines for the development of:  Business Improvement, Technical Improvement, New Products, Skills Development, Schools/ University links, Design, New Projects, Marketing, Staffing, Funding

Do you have a formalised strategy?: 
Yes
Do you have a specific strategy focus that addresses internationalisation ?: 
Yes
Services
Support services provided: 
Internationalisation support (= Access to third countries markets)
Access to public support (regional/national programmes, innovation vouchers, etc.)
Facilitation of collaboration between members
Facilitation of cross-sectorial cooperation
Cooperation Activities
International Cooperation
The main countries targeted by the cluster organisation: 
Georgia
Our cluster organisation undertook the following international activities to support our members: 
Participation at missions/events/study visits/fairs
Trans-national Cooperation
The main countries targeted by the cluster organisation: 
Austria
Germany
Italy
Romania
United Kingdom
Our cluster organisation undertook the following trans-national activities to support our members: 
Participation at missions/events/study visits/fairs
Which clusters do you collaborate with?: 
CyberForum e.V - Europe
Wood Industry Cluster - Europe
Croatian Wood Cluster - Europe
Pro Wood - Europe
ecoplus. The Business Agency of Lower Austria - Europe
Serbian Furniture Cluster - Europe
Wood and Furniture Cluster DRVO-PD Prijedor - Europe
Support Programmes
Participation in Funded Support Programmes: 
European ProgrammesProject NameLinkName & Description (Regional/National)
INTERREG

Forest-based cross-sectoral value chains fostering innovation and competitiveness in the Danube region (FORESDA)

INTERREG Danube, START Danube, TABLE Project: Cross Border Serbia/Bulgaria

Promotion
Success Story / Achievements: 

An achievement of the Bulgarian Furniture Cluster is the START Project in which the Bulgarian Furniture Cluster was a Lead Partner. 

There are some more International Project which were successfully implemented and in which our Cluster was a partner.

Why should partners choose you for cooperation?: 

Partners should choose our cluster for cooperation as it is a trustful and hard working organization with an experience in the Projects field.