The venture capital companies in Spain are feeling the severe economic crisis affecting the country and the uncertainties about the medium and long term to register a sharp fall in the volume of investment, which dropped 22% in 2012 and stood at 2.525 million , of which 60% came from international funds. Ade Sodical Management, under the Ministry of Economy and Employment of the Government, has not been immune to this trend and closed last year with 7 operations approved by 1.67 million, representing a decrease of 68.5% compared to investment volume of the previous year, when it reached 5.3 million, up from 8.3 million 2010 9.1 million 2009.
These figures reflect the complicated situation of the fabric of our region "by the long duration of the crisis and the greater difficulties in accessing external finance," says Manuel Fernandez, CEO of the venture capital firm said, adding: "we support existing companies with expansion plans or new business, and in the last year we have received very few projects because employers have a policy conservative when investing, and because very few dare to start a company in the current situation. Also, it is very difficult to get bank loans, so discarded and come to us. "
However, Fernandez is confident that 2013 will recover the investment rate to exceed 5 million since the end of the first quarter and 4 operations are approved for more than one million euros and there are 2 other very advanced for 2 million Euro. Until March 2013, the venture capital firm has allocated 540,000 euros to Replay Balls Europe, a company based in Ólvega (Soria) specializing in recycled golf balls; 300,000 euros to Valladolid Traslational biotech Cancer Drugs Pharma; 180,000 euros to Fast Drinks, Venta de Baños (Palencia), which produces self-heating drinks like coffee, tea or soup, and more than 23,000 euros to Leon Bawer Technology, which manufactures innovative fishing articles.
The agricultural sector remains a powerful industry in our province, but the goals of House beyond with this broadening is to continue conquering foreign markets as a distributor and manufacturer of agricultural machinery. It is currently present with offices in Morocco, Brazil and Poland, and have distributors in South Africa, Chile and Puerto Rico
The investment is intended to expand its facilities located in the Alto de la Varga occupying a total of 11,000 square meters, both its commercial center, as the area dedicated to the production of 5,000 square meters in the first phase, which in the future will come to 8,000 meters. The expansion will create about 20 jobs.
This is the company Red Trailers, located in the industrial area of Miracles. This is a new type of trailer that can carry up to 150 tons pieces and 35 meters long.
Once attached to the tractor, will be 15 axles, 45 meters in length and 160 tons in weight, especially adapted to the climatic conditions of Russia, which is your final destination.
The development of this type of elements involves a significant effort in R & D for the company Burgos, to be developed by steering and suspension components.
Alucoil, is a Burgos, Miranda de Ebro, the Group Alibérico which is immersed in an internationalization plan 2011-15, with the goal of increasing revenue to exceed 350 million euros. The company is already present in Morocco, USA, Brazil and India and Australia.
The group is one of the world leaders in the manufacture of processed aluminum products for industries such as construction, food packaging, packaging for the pharmaceutical industry, special paints and lacquers and parts for trains, ships, solar or elevators. "The common denominator is that they are very complex products with a high technological component," the chairman of the holding, Clemente González Soler.
Your ultimate goal is to become the world's leading manufacturer of aluminum composite panels, with a market share of 10%.
The Business Council for Competitiveness (CEC), in collaboration with ICEX Spain Export and Investment, presented the report "Spain: A land of opportunity" in 23 capitals of three continents. He conducted a conference during the months of May and ablil to explain the content of the report, in the same part of renowned Spanish economists and board members, which includes 15 major Spanish companies.
The tour, which will start on April 3 in Amsterdam, will continue through Europe in Brussels, Berlin, Frankfurt, Milan, London, Paris, Zurich, America in Chicago, Boston, San Francisco, New York, Washington, Mexico City, Bogota, Lima Santiago de Chile, Sao Paulo, Buenos Aires, and Asia in Beijing, Hong Kong, Tokyo and Singapore.
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Entrepreneurs who take their first steps into a "protective structure" and "training" as a business incubator are more likely to survive their initiative than those "entrepreneurs by obligation" to launch the business without proper training. Hence CajaViva Caja Rural and Young Entrepreneurs Association of Burgos (AJE) have given much importance to the signing of an agreement between the two that gives a 'quantum leap' in partnership for more than five years and allow the financial institution to facilitate to the entrepreneurs a financial facilitator, an expert from Caja Rural CajaViva to inform possible lines of financing to eligible users of municipal nursery AJE managed companies and the rest of the 80 entrepreneurs.
This figure will provide the beneficiaries of this program the keys to access funding sources while Caja Rural CajaViva offers its "financial power" available to new entrepreneurs. The CEO of CajaViva Caja Rural, Ramon Sobremonte stressed the "very strong" entity involvement with entrepreneurs, seeing the end of the crisis thanks to its ability to create jobs and wealth, which translates into an increase of 10 percent in loans from the credit union in 2012 for micro business and up 9% for the self-employed
Thus, the institution aims to contribute to the development of values and entrepreneurial skills, the local and provincial economic development and diversification of its business.
The program, which has already been presented 22 projects, of which five are in the study phase of its business plan, is for entrepreneurs who want to transform an idea into a business opportunity or small business expansion and growth projects , with the goal of developing innovation in such projects.
To do so, the program provides a review and reorientation of the business idea or proposal, advice on business plan development, through tutors and experts from business, configuration tools for the business plan, assurance project feasibility and financial resources, which contribute to the creation and consolidation of companies.
The program, which is part of the Enterprise Line Caja de Burgos, differs from other actions to support entrepreneurship by a number of specific features, such as the transfer of knowledge to the entrepreneur, tracking projects and seeking funding for business.
On one hand, the initiative has the technical advice of the Technological Institute of Castilla y León, which provides methodology that guarantees success and mentoring through professional groups, to create, implement and consolidate projects.
On the other hand, ensures the proper development of innovative ideas, through continuous monitoring, providing resources for prototyping and market research and finding funding guarantees for outstanding initiatives.
Caja de Burgos allocates 550,000 euros in 2013 to its "Bussiness Line" including also the Entrepreneurs Program, a series of initiatives aimed at promoting entrepreneurship, which are complemented by the proposed Investment Associates, which has a budget of 1.5 million euros and 2,000,000 euros for investments in consolidated companies, throughout this year.
Out of the 204 new firms, the 49.51 percent were created by men and the 50.49 percent belong to female, with the more common profile of a person between 25 and 45 years with high school degree, with a less than one year unemployment period.
According to its legal form, the 85, 78 percent of companies which open in 2011 in the province of Burgos corresponded to the Individual Entrepreneur, followed by the Civil Society figure, the 9.31 percent of the total, and Limited Partnership Company figure, which accounted the 4.41 percent.
Considering the industry, most of the new companies established last year in Burgos corresponded to professional, followed by those related to retail, hospitality and tourism.
By nationality, most companies (the 94.12 percent), were created by Spanish, and the 5.88 percent ownership of which corresponded to a foreigner
The agreement reflects accurately what Villafría aspires to be for many years, a vital logistical node in the north of the peninsula, a kind of a center of rail freight business, in which the major ports in northern peninsular ( Bilbao and Gijon, mainly) concentrated loads for shipping to destinations such as Madrid, Seville, among other capitals, or the ports of Algeciras, Barcelona and Valencia.
Villafría, says Gonzalo Ansotegui, manager of the dry port, "fits perfectly into the puzzle strategic rail freight because it is very well situated as it is an industry that demands around rail services." In fact, since their operation despite the removal of the service to the port of Valencia, has tripled container traffic up to nearly 4,500 last year, a movement that comfortably exceed this year with the arrival of trains from (or address) Bilbao.
Villafría currently operates seven trains a week: three to Zaragoza, one of Barcelona and the rest doing the triangle Bilbao-Madrid via Zaragoza Villafría. These convoys generate an average traffic of 24 trucks per day loading and unloading work. However, estimating in three hours time to the development of a convoy, the terminal Burgos could have capacity to serve six daily, which would be necessary to increase the services available from Renfe, operating cranes, transport and could even extend to night time activity (currently, operates from 8.00 to 14.00 and from 16.00 to 18.00). It is feasible, he recognizes.
Within 10-15 years, Villafría also need much more space, because a logistic node bases its activity on the turnover of goods. Operators require a large stock of empty containers and many shipping companies to shit merchandise. "Do not think about tomorrow, but in the next 20 years," recalls Ansótegui, who points out that to date only been implemented half of the 2,500 m2 expansion of the beach road approved in 2011 by the ADIF, allowing improved loading and unloading large convoys of 410 meters in length without costly maneuvers.
The Dry Port manager insists that, despite its potential, the terminal is still Villafría "underutilized" (in fact, two days a week serving no trains) and although the numbers show that is the center most important logistical Castilla y? Leon, "the Board endeavors to promote other sites that have no future and not wanting to see that in Burgos things are done well, even in times of crisis." The dispersion of supply rail logistics in the region, they conclude, reduces competitiveness and the investment required to Puerto Seco.
This is a not bad if you think that the main connection to the south of the peninsula, the line Burgos-Aranda, is unusable for freight traffic, an old claim that touches himself to Arandina industry and has not yet solution.
The perspectives of the Spanish companies for the year 2010, according to a report of the Chambers of Trade, foresee a recovery of the exports, thanks to the increase of the sales on the outside.
The province of Burgos already walks in a positive path and the last available information of the exports to July, 2009 assesses a whole of 224 million Euros, which supposed an increase of 4,8 % with regard to the last year. The imports promote 182 million, one 7,6 more %, for what the balance of the commercial scale is positive with 42,4 million Euros, in spite of the current economic crisis.
The indicator of the exterior(foreign) trade in the province has influence in the march of the Center of Transport of Burgos (CT Burgos), that exploits Villafría's Dry Port, and that now announces the putting in march of a new train with connection between(among) the capital and Barcelona, of punctual form and providing that sufficient beech goods to transport. The news arises after producing(operating on) the second railroad only one month ago. Therefore, the Dry Port of Burgos will possess(rely on) from fifteen days three convoy of going and return, two they with a fixed weekly periodicity.
The manager of the Center of Transport of Burgos, Gonzalo Ansótegui, stands out the importance of possessing(relying on) another convoy to Barcelona. " In the good moments when there was many activity, we were relying on a weekly train from 2007 that in exportation it(he) was complete but with a load of sluggish(weak) enough import. Now, we have two connections and, shortly, there will be another because in certain moments there are goods that we cannot load ", it(he,she) makes clear. And, everything, in an economic conjuncture that is not the best.
But the good news can have continuity since the persons in charge of the Dry Port of the capital study the possibility of connecting Burgos with Valencia, thanks to an extension from Madrid and up to Bilbao. It(he,she) would mean to recover the link with another important port of the Mediterranean, which got lost in March of last year after three years of functioning before the lack(mistake) of profitability of the operator Hanjing who was exploiting the route. The long distance train between(among) Burgos and Valencia, at first(in principle), is rejected by his(her,your) high economic cost and with the dread of not existing load. Another thing would be to have two weekly punctual services, thanks to the nearness of Madrid.
You climb in Saragossa and Vitoria The third train that will operate between(among) Barcelona and Burgos, as the one that already works for one month, it(he,she) will have scales in Saragossa and Vitoria, with the intention of completing the load. At present, the two convoy proceeding from the port of Barcelona every Tuesday come to Villafría's station and on Thursday night, though the containers disburden throughout Wednesday and Friday. The forecast is that the third train, of a punctual way, inserts between these days.
Ansótegui admits that the key of the good march of the Center of Transport of Burgos, with a considerable increase of the goods to transporting, owes to itself to the existence of trains multiclients of the operator TCB Railways every week, which they allow the load of containers - both of import and of exportation - with content for any shipping one. Before, on the other hand, the only(unique) convoy existed for an alone client. " There are companies that, from the whole life, work with the shipping one and do not want to change because it(he,she) they is OK. Another thing is that if to this shipping one like Cosco or China Shipping them one offers the possibility of being mounted in the train, with a few very competitive prices, he(she) will accept the transport ", makes clear Ansótegui.In addition, stands out the good work of the operator who optimizes the loads(charges) with the scales in Saragossa and Vitoria. The CT of Burgos realizes the transportations whereas TCB contracts and completes the train.
Since always it has happened in an industrial city as Burgos, the weight of the load of the exports is superior to that of the imports in Villafría's Dry Port. The solution is to compensate the equipment(team) because it is " mathematically impossible to fill all the containers that go out ". Hereby, the train comes to Burgos with 80 % of coaches (between(among) empty and complete) whereas almost always it(he,she) goes towards Barcelona to the complete one.
As for the type of load, it(he,she) continues being of the most varied. The chemical products have a good behavior but also there are the sectors of the plastic, automotion and nourishment.
Promotion of the Port of Barcelona Burgos was the city chosen by the Port of Barcelona to present his(her,your) railway services and of short is(am) shipping, more known as the highways of the sea with the transport of goods by ship for short tours.
The persons in charge of the Port of Barcelona emphasize the perspectives of growth of Burgos in the sector of the transport and the logistics, in spite of the current moment of economic crisis, and the enormous possibilities of an enclave that moves 23 % of the exterior(foreign) trade of goods with a whole of 51,8 million tons a year. It is a question of a port that it(he,she) connects with the principal ones of Italy and the north of Africa, besides perspectives to grow in areas as Turkey, Slovenia and Greece.
The strategic location of Burgos, in the north half of the Iberian Peninsula and bordering with Alava, Biscay, La Rioja and Cantabria, they turn her into a node for the networks(nets) viarias and railway Spanish. Other one of the strong points of the city is to possess(to rely on) two important infrastructures as the Center of Transport Pays duty of Burgos and the Dry Port, with Villafría's station that allows the railway connection between(among) Burgos and the Mediterranean
The manager of the Center of Transport of Burgos, Gonzalo Ansótegui, stands out the bet that has demonstrated the Port Authority of Barcelona for Burgos. In addition, the functioning of the second train and, shortly, the third convoy is a guarantee for the companies of the province, which not only will know the advantages of the transport of goods by train but also the competitive prices of this system