Access to new markets: Textile company IST Komerc Sanda expanding to the British market

IST KOMERC – SANDA is one of the leading textile producers in the country. Established in 1991 as a producer of women tights and other textile products under private labeling, the company is known as one of the few in the branch that continuously follows the fashion trends in the field while addressing the needs and desires of its clients. The company became an Enterprise Europe Network client in 2018 as a result of the local cooperation between the Macedonian network branch and the Textile cluster, an important local stakeholder of the network. In particular, with the support of the network’s sector group on textile and fashion, the company got in touch with several potential business partners from abroad. One such company was The Milky Tee Company Ltd, a British company specialized in the production of comfortable, practical and stylish clothes for easier breastfeeding.

The two companies established successful cooperation on the creation and manufacturing on a new and unique design of a t-shirt with hidden zipper, made according to the highest quality standards and textile requirements. It is expected for the cooperation to continue in the future as well, and to involve design of new models of clothing to be placed on the British market, but also on the wider European market.

Enterprise Europe Network enabled us to get in touch with potential partners from all over Europe. I would like to highlight the benefits from using the network’s mobile app “Ino Biz where we can easily find all relevant events and partnering profiles from our branch. The network has largely facilitated our efforts for accessing new markets which is one of the main development goals of our company, stated Mrs. Marijana Perkovska, director of the IST Komerc – Sanda.

Launched Mobile Application for Business Opportunities “InoBiz”

The free mobile application “InoBiz” has been created, which aims to help Macedonian companies in finding foreign partners for business cooperation, technology transfer and participation in research and development projects. This application was developed as part of the project “Enhancing competitiveness of SMEs through improved innovation support” implemented by the Foundation for management and industrial research (MIR).

Companies through the mobile application will be kept up to date with all developments in the field of innovation and technological development, will receive announcements about open calls for funding, requests from foreign companies for cooperation as well as opportunities for participation in conferences and networking events. In addition, the application contains a resource center that will offer to the companies useful content for raising their innovation capacities as well as an opportunity to assess the degree of technological readiness through the Technology self-assessment tool.

The project “Enhancing competitiveness of SMEs through improved innovation support” is funded by the European Union and implemented by the Youth Entrepreneurial Youth Foundation (YES) in partnership with MIR Foundation and ARC Fund from Bulgaria, and aims to contributed to the creation of a strong innovation climate in the country by promoting the concept of innovative businesses.

The mobile application is available for Android and iPhone mobile phones and can be downloaded from the following links: (Android) (iPhone)