Business and Cultural Development Centre (KEPA) is a private company with headquarters in Thessaloniki.
Since 1993, KEPA has proved its success as an Intermediate Management Agency for National and Community Programs at regional and national level.
The Centre’s efforts have made their mark by enhancing the competitiveness, of all types of business'. It has had a particular impact on Small and Medium Enterprises operating in Northern Greece, providing tangible support and assistance.
In 1997 KEPA with Central and Western Macedonia Chambers of Industry, Commerce and craft Industry, and Western Macedonia Development Company ΑΝΚΟ formed the Union Development of Macedonia (ANEM) Agency.
In November 2002 KEPA (BCDC) and ANEM formed the consortium KEPA-ANEM in order to undertake project management in the context of Operational Programme ‘Competitiveness’ 2000-2006 (OPC I 2000-2006).
The KEPA-ANEM agency uses the infrastructure and human recourses of KEPA which also has the responsibility of the entrepreneurial operational task and program management as an Intermediary Managing Agency.
During the 1st , 2nd and 3rd Community Support Framework, KEPA, ΑΝΕΜ and KEPA-ANEM managed 10.000 projects amounting to a total budget of 1,5 billion Euros.
Nowadays, KEPA-ANEM is a partner of the Intermediary Managing Agency of Operational Competitiveness Programme “Competitiveness and Entrepreneurship” 2007-2013 (OPCII) that comes under the National Strategic Reference Framework (NSRF) geographically responsible of the regions of Central and Western Macedonia.
As a result, KEPA became a point of reference for regional development in Greece.
In particular it can be described as :
- a powerful regional structure that supports entrepreneurship;
- a prestigious and highly reliable body, offering fast, transparent, flexible and efficient services with a fast turnover;
- A focal point for businesses with regards to the implementation of development actions, and a basic information centre for funding opportunities under national and European programmes.
In view of ensuring the successful implementation of its work, KEPA has introduced and applies an integrated quality system in the fields of design, application, monitoring and management of development projects, which has been certified in accordance with the ISO 9001:2008 standard.
KEPA’s human resources play a vital role, in this respect, constituting a significant advantage for the Centre’s business operations an adding value to its results.