Next Generation takes charge


Approximately one third of European enterprises will need to be transferred to the next generation in the coming 10 years. This means that an average of 610 000 small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) will be changing hands each year, potentially affecting 2.4 million jobs. The transfer of business from the owner to the next generation family members or other parties is vital for both the EU and the SME sector in Turkey.

Aims and target group

The NEXT project aims to contribute to an increase in SME sustainability both locally and in the international scene and creates a succession culture in the participating countries, which will facilitate planned transfer of business from one generation to the second one by using innovative technologies - such as training modules and e-learning - to train the target group with an European prospective. The target group includes SME owners who are planning to transfer their business, university graduates, postgraduate students planning to enter the management consulting and training market with special interest in business transfer, management consultants and trainers who want do develop their scope of activities with business transfer, business organizations and policy making government bodies in charge of awareness rising. NEXT aims at increasing the capacities of these target groups with training course material based on e-learning.

Transfer of the project “Succession Managers”

NEXT is a transfer project which is based on the Leonardo da Vinci project “Succession Managers” (2006-2008) with the participation of BEST. “Succession Managers” aimed at the re-qualification and upgrade of skills of managers in order to build up a new class of "Next Generation take-up" managers. NEXT is going to adapt the material

s and products of “Succession Managers”, as well as approaches and materials from the “Kit.Brunello.System” (Studio Centro Veneto) to make them suitable for transfer to Turkey.


  • Transfer of business training modules
  • Trainings to be conducted in Turkey, Bulgaria, Italia and Austria
  • A self screening tool to be used by SMEs and business transfer consultants
EU-Program: LLP, Leonardo da Vinci TOI
Coordination: Trabzon Ticaret ve Sanayi Odasi/Trabzon Chamber of Commerce (TUR)
Contact: Helmut Kronika
Duration: October 2010 – September 2012
This project has been funded with support from the European Commission. This publication reflects the views only of the author, and the Commission cannot be held responsible for any use which may be made of the information contained therein.