Savonlinna Business Services Ltd. – Savonlinnan Yrityspalvelut Oy is a regional economic development agency coordinating and facilitation business development and EU programmes funding. SBS is 100% owned by the city of Savonlinna and operates with the status of local authority. On the basis of a delegation contract SBS acts in full responsibility for the development and the implementation of local economic policies.
The project experience of Savonlinna Business Services covers dozens of EU regional funds projects ERDF and ESR between 2003-2014, several Tacis, ENPI and ENI projects in the corresponding period of time and between 2010-2014 Interreg IVb (Baltic Bird – air transport development) and Interreg IVc projects (Waterways Forward European waterways development project). Both projects had a tourism component involving altogether more than a dozen partners in different EU countries. SBS also has very active cooperation with Russian business partners in St. Petersburg. It employs 17 staff members.