Your Business Success (YBS)

Innovative Approach of Preparing Practical and Performance-Focused Business Plans


The Your Business Success (YBS) project will develop an innovative approach to enable the primary target group (aspiring entrepreneurs and business owner/managers of micro and small enterprises) to prepare practical and performance-focused business plans. This will be achieved through the development of a new digital business planning tool and methodology supported by a new VET course and learning resources.The YBS digital business planning and management tool will help participants to prepare business plans where the enterprise’s objectives linked and supported by operational plans, VET training and employee’s skills, competences and performance targets.

Partners will create a new VET curriculum and course called Your Business Success. The project will increase the quality of VET provision in the field of entrepreneurship and enterprise support through the delivery of a C1 training the trainer course. Once trained as YBS Coaches, the VET teacher/trainers will deliver the YBS VET course to the target group thereby developing their knowledge and understanding of business planning and the use of the YBS digital planning tool.

The project will contribute to the development of an increased sense of entrepreneurship both within the primary target group. It will also increase the digital competence of VET teacher/trainers by exposing them to the effective use of digital technologies in the delivery of enterprise VET courses.

At the end of the YBS project, Partners will have created a new and an attractive training course that promotes the use of innovative methods and a new pedagogical approach to the delivery of business and enterprise planning and management; Partners will have created a new open education resource relevant to a wide range of different audiences including aspiring entrepreneurs, business owners and managers and enterprise support agencies and VET institutes engaging in enterprise training. Partners will seek to widen the impact of the project beyond the immediate target groups by preparing a good practice guide and in the form of a book (Output 3: Best Practice Handbook: Planning for Business Success). Through the dissemination activities and the multiplier events (E1 – E6), Partners will seek to influence the strategies and initiatives supported and sponsored by a range of other VET actors and stakeholders (e.g. regional/national government agencies, VET centres and education institutes, business support agencies and Awarding Bodies with responsibility for and/or an interest raising interest in entrepreneurship and the development of micro and small-medium enterprises).

Project Partners

The consortium implementing the Your Business Success project includes the following partners:

Polytechnic Institute of Porto (Portugal) / Lead Partner
The Polytechnic Institute of Porto (P.Porto) is the largest and one of the most dynamic polytechnic schools in the country, emerging as first in the Polytechnic ranking and, along with other major Universities, it is placed in the upper segment of the higher education national ranking. P.Porto involves 8 schools, more than 20 R&D units, and is the best positioned in international scientific rankings in Portugal.

Exponential Training & Assessment Limited (United Kingdom)
Exponential Training is committed to delivering programmes that lead to professional accreditations, in a flexible and affordable environment. With a vision to create a world of high performance Managers, Coaches and Consultants regardless of geographical borders and time zones.

Varna Economic Development Agency (Bulgaria)
Varna Economic Development Agency (VEDA) is a not-for-profit, non-governmental association, registered to operate in public benefit. It is located on the territory of Varna District in Bulgaria, East Europe.The agency was established in 1997 under the joint program of Varna Municipality and USAID to assist the advancement of regional economic development. Since 1998 VEDA is a member of the network of the Bulgarian Association of Regional Development Agencies and Business Centers (BARDA).

Learning Hub Friesland (Netherlands)
Learning Hub Friesland (LHF) provides innovative approaches in teaching by developing attractive education and training programmes in line with the individual learners needs and expectations. LHF does this by introducing pioneering approaches, methodologies and technologies. Educational materials developed by LHF staff vary from curriculum on student initiated company assignment and social entrepreneurial behavior to ‘add on’ training programmes on internationalisation in entrepreneurship education.

Best Cybernetics (Greece)
Best Cybernetics develops innovative IT systems and provides Integrated Computer Solutions , develops Software Applications on demand (custom applications ) and mobile phone applications (Mobile Applications), completes systems and applications (System Integration) and provides Consulting and IT Services.

Spektrum Educational Centre (Romania)
The Spektrum Educational Centre was established in 1996 on the initiative of the Soros Foundation for an Open Society and it functioned under the name of Soros Educational Centre for 20 years. This nongovernmental organization, which had had a separate legal personality since 1998, became a self-sustaining NGO in 2001, and it has changed its name to Spektrum Educational Centre in 2016.

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