10 thousand euros to create start-ups

An help to Sardinian entrepreneurs. The Cipnes Gallura provides assistance


The "Sardinia Research", the regional agency for innovation and technological development of enterprises, has published an announcement to help Sardinian entrepreneurs to establish start ups. It is called "Insight - from the idea to the business model" and guarantees a financial contribution of 10 thousand euros.

Cipnes Gallura, with the division "Support for Enterprises and Territorial Development", provides assistance and support to entrepreneurs who have ideas with high potential to generate profitable, sustainable business and able to offer innovative solutions to new market needs.

Who can make the demand. Natural people, organized in operational teams made up of at least 2 people, who are over 18 years of age and resident in the territory of the Sardinia Region at the time of the application submission, and who do not hold a personal VAT number and/or shares in companies, associations and/or bodies that carry out activities connected to the business idea to be proposed, may apply for funding.

What can you do. Business ideas are eligible for funding - in any economic sector - with a high innovative content and business ideas that are aimed at creating and/or developing products and/or services that differ from those already present in the reference market. The public aid consists of a voucher in the form of reimbursement for the expenses materially incurred by the team of people for the execution of an activity plan aimed at identifying the best strategies for the development of the business idea and accompanying it in the next step towards a real business model.

What can be financed.Expenses incurred for the detection of the needs of the target "customers", market analysis, design of the value proposal and its differential characteristics with respect to the products and/or services on the market, technical feasibility of the solution designed and identified, prototyping of the proposal and market testing, and finally also for any paths of validation of the idea to be implemented within incubators/accelerators can be financed.

When to ask the question.The access and participation application must be completed, signed and sent exclusively via PEC to the address This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. by 12 noon on 20 December 2021, and must include the words "Application for access to opportunities - INSIGHT 2020".

For further information. For more details, please refer to the Sardegna Ricerche link on the announcement "Insight - From idea to business model".


10% of the sardinian population counts 22% of new contracts

These are the Gallura's numbers in the Aspal report about the decline in employment for Covid-19


These are the Gallura's numbers in the Aspal report about the decline in employment for Covid-19

It guaranteed 22% of new employment contracts signed in Sardinia in the first five months of 2019. It lost 27% of the employment gaps in Sardinia in the same period of 2020. These are the numbers of the former province of Gallura, which represents only 10% of the total Sardinian population. The analysis comes from the recruitment data published by Aspal, the regional employment agency. It is the confirmation of Gallura as a attracting  pole of employment from the rest of Sardinia both with its tourist district and with the other productive districts, starting with the Cipnes in Olbia.

Aspal's latest report on the effects of Covid-19 in Sardinia refers to the period from 19 February to 19 May. The new employment contracts were 34,800: more than 52,000 less than the same period in 2019 (-60%). Almost half of the jobs cancelled are in the hotel sector: 4500 contracts signed compared to 28 thousand in 2019. Over 23 thousand fewer jobs, with a percentage drop of 84%.

At a territorial level, Gallura has suffered the greatest decline. The Olbia Work Centre - which includes, besides Olbia, also the coastal municipalities of Santa Teresa, La Maddalena, Palau, Arzachena, Golfo Aranci, Loiri Porto San Paolo, San Teodoro, Budoni - has registered 4 thousand contracts against over 17 thousand in 2019. More than 13 thousand less, down 77%. The Tempio work center - which also has jurisdiction over the coastal municipalities of Badesi, Aglientu, Trinità d'Agultu - recorded 1000 fewer contracts than the 1800 last year (-2%).

Gallura, intended as a former province, has a population of over 161 thousand inhabitants: 9.8% of the total population of Sardinia, equal to 1 million 640 thousand (data as at 31 December 2018, the latest available). Against this, between 19 February and 19 May 2019 in Gallura was signed  22% of all new contracts in Sardinia, many of them for employees in the tourism sector and many of them for residents outside Gallura. A percentage to which is added, this year, the negative percentage of job losses: 27% of the total drop in Sardinia is in Gallura.


Brand new cars, -97% sales in Gallura and Sassari

In April, only 19 cars were purchased. The ranking of brands


One of the most affected economic sector by the Covid-19 epidemic is the automotive sector (car and motorcycle production, tyre production, dealerships).

According to the sceneries outlined by Cerved, leader in Italy in the balance analysis, companies in the sector could lose, between 2020 and 2021, from 32 to 86 billion in turnover. Just in Sardinia, the losses could be 164 million in the base case and 433 million in the worst case.

In these days the first numbers have arrived. In April 2020, in Italy there was a 97.5% drop in sales of brand new cars compared to the same month of 2019, as certified by the data released by the Ministry of Transport. The cars sold were just over 4 thousand compared to over 174 thousand a year earlier.

The same negative percentage was recorded in the province of Sassari, within which there are also data from Gallura. Last April, only 19 new cars were sold in this  province, compared to 762 in April 2019, 969 in April 2018 and 736 in April 2017.

Specifically, six Fiat brand cars were sold, two each for Citroën, Lancia, Renault and Opel, one each for Dacia, Kia, Mitsubishi, Peugeot, Tesla. In 2019 149 models of Renault, 87 of Fiat, 82 of Volkswagen, 55 of Ford, 53 of Citroën, 48 of Dacia were sold in the province of Sassari. In 2018 360 models of Renault, 91 of Fiat, 89 of Volkswagen, 71 of Ford and 46 of Citroën were sold.

Entrepreneurs in North Sardinia report that at the end of the year half the dealerships could be closed, as explained by Luca Confalonieri, President of the Metalmeccanici-Auto Section of Confindustria Centro Nord Sardegna (provinces of Sassari and Nuoro). The sector employs 300 direct and 400 indirect employees and the companies have a total turnover of 200 million euros.


Olbia: the population increases even with the “lockdown” situation.

The city is always attractive: + 104 residents in the first 5 months of 2020



Olbia keeps on being attractive. The latest data published by Istat and the Municipality confirm both the demographic growth of the city, which reached 61,527 inhabitants in May and the excellent migration balance. The difference between those who take up residence in Olbia and those who leave it has in fact been positive for decades and, although with some slowdowns after the financial crisis of 2008, the trend has remained the same over the last five years. On the contrary, starting from 2019 the arrival of immigrants - both Italian, from other municipalities in Sardinia and from other regions, and foreigners - has become consistent again, as can be seen in the table.

In 2016 there were 1461 immigrants and 1070 emigrants: a positive balance of 391. In 2017, 1370 immigrants and 1159 emigrants: + 211. In 2018, 1415 immigrants and 1061 emigrants: + 354. In 2019, 1671 immigrants and 1153 emigrants: +518. In the first five months of 2020 - until 20 May - there were 453 immigrants and 349 emigrants: a positive balance of 104. This is a significant increase given the two-month lockdown imposed by the Government to combat the Covid 19 epidemic. In April, in fact, the Municipality of Olbia, as stated in the statistical update on its website, did not register any immigrants.

Olbia - with its good life quality and economy powered by the Cipnes productive district, the airport, the port and the services and tourism sector - still offers excellent job opportunities to many Italian and foreign citizens, thus confirming itself as one of the most dynamic cities not only in Sardinia but in the whole of Italy. It is the third city, after Milan and Parma, to have grown the most in the difficult decade 2009-2019.

The latest statistical updates provide other interesting information about Olbia. The foreigners residing in Olbia at December 31, 2019 were 6,519, equal to 10.6% of the total population. The percentage growth of foreigners was 2.9% compared to 1% of the total population.

The most populous district of Olbia is the Hospital (4,660 residents), followed by Baratta (3822 residents) and San Nicola (3193 residents). In the industrial area of Cipnes there are 205 residents.


The Cipnes Gallura, new services for the digital revolution

Requested the opinion on the use of internet to the productive district companies


The Cipnes Gallura wants to know what are the needs of companies in the Olbia production district concerning the use of internet and connectivity. The aim is to provide an appropriate service to the current digital revolution to all the 537 companies located in its 760 hectares.

In these days a survey has been sent to the companies, in a simple language and that can be completed in a few minutes, in which they are asked to answer on the status of the actual Internet access, the number of employees using the Internet connection, the use of tools such as videoconferencing, smartworking, teaching distance courses, audio/video transmissions.

Companies are asked to report any critical issues and to express their opinion on the use of wireless systems (without cables); finally, they will have to indicate the application fields that could improve the competitiveness of their economic activity.

Entrepreneurs' replies - which should be sent by e-mail to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. - are essential to help Cipnes to provide even better services to all the companies established.


Works has started in the streets of Cipnes production area. They’ll last 30 days.

The work area is financed by Sardinian Region

Today work began for the road network in the Cipnes Gallura Olbia production area. The works - which will be carried out in 30 days - involve the scarification and resurfacing of the road pavement on the following streets (as can be seen on the map): Angola street (intervention area 1), Mincio street north section (1), Madagascar street and crossways (intervention area 2), Italy avenue and its roundabouts (3), Europa roundabout and connecting ramps (intervention area 4). The road signage will also be redone, which is now poorly visible.


The operations were financed by the Sardinia Region by Resolution No. 11/09 of March 11, 2020 for a tender-based amount of 706,551.86 (of which 689,592.79 for works subject to a discount and 16,959.79 for safety burdens not subject to auction).

The contract was awarded on 6 May 2020 to the company Vitali spa, which made a 37.6 per cent discount corresponding to the amount of € 447,264.97. Pending further regional funding for the maintenance and safety of the entire road network of the agglomeration , the Cipnes Gallura had been asking for about two years to be able to use cost savings aimed precisely at extraordinary maintenance and safety of the road system, which has been severely degraded due to the heavy traffic of heavy vehicles entering and leaving the ports, causing inconvenience and accidents. The Regional Department of Public Works has positively evaluated the request of Cipnes, which - once obtained the green light - has proceeded to the contract of the urgent works.



In Gallura 27% less recruitment than in the whole of Sardinia

Aspal and Chamber of Commerce report on the Coronavirus. Olbia reaches 110 thousand inhabitants in summer


The strategic importance of Olbia and Gallura for the economy and employment in Sardinia emerges from two separate studies recently published - one by Aspal, the other by the Chamber of Commerce of Sassari - on the effects produced on the island by the Coronavirus.

The Sardinia Aspal, the agency for active labour policies, analysed the decline in recruitment between 2020 and 2019 in the period between 19 February and 5 May. In 2019 there were 70,000 (70,671 to be precise) hires - fixed-term, permanent, apprenticeship, parasubordinate, intermittent. In the same period of 2020 they were almost 42 thousand less.

The most affected sector was tourism and the most penalized area was the north-east of Sardinia. Gallura in 2019 had insured 21% of all recruitment in Sardinia. In particular, the Olbia area - including the municipalities of Santa Teresa, La Maddalena, Palau, Arzachena, Golfo Aranci, Loiri Porto San Paolo, San Teodoro, Budoni - had guaranteed 19.2% of recruitment between 19 February and 5 May. The Tempio zone, 1.9%. In absolute terms, the contracts signed in Olbia had been 13,601.

In second place, on the Island, there was Cagliari with 11,093 contracts. In the same period of 2020, instead, there were almost 42,000 fewer employment contracts all over Sardinia (41,823, to be exact) and of these 10,417 in the Olbia area and the other coastal municipalities of Gallura and 788 in the Tempio district. In Gallura there is a 26.7% drop in contracts in the whole of Sardinia.  Only in the hotel and restaurant sector, 18,000 fewer contracts were signed than in the rest of Sardinia. The Coronavirus impact, therefore, has particularly damaged the Gallura economy but, indirectly, the whole Region: many workers who find a job in the north-east of Sardinia come from all over the island.

The important role of Olbia and Gallura for the Sardinian economy is also highlighted in a report by the Chamber of Commerce of Sassari that analyzes the economic losses caused by the Coronavirus, with the division between suspended and active companies. The study reports - based on Istat data - that the local units suspended in Olbia are 3082 (equal to 54% of the total) and those active 2603 (46%). There are 7541 employees in suspended activities (equal to 425) and 10,427 in active activities (equal to 58%).

A significant figure is the population growth determined by the tourists arrival. The Chamber of Commerce explains that Olbia, which has 60,731 residents, rose to almost 100 thousand in June, over 108 thousand in July, almost 110 thousand in August and almost 100 thousand in September. The Coronavirus effects mainly affect tourism and the Chamber of Commerce quantifies how much these affect the service sector, estimating the decline in turnover from March (month considered for 2/3).

For the companies of Olbia, between March and April the decrease was 61,4 million in turnover (-3,4%); between March and May 104,7 million (-5,95), between March and June 153,1 million (-8,6%), between March and July 205,7 million (-11,5%). There was also a fall in turnover in the industrial sector, according to the analysis of the Chamber of Commerce: -26,3 million (-5,4%) between March and April, -44,8 million (-9,3%) between March and May, -65,5 million (-13,6%) between March and June and 88 million (-18,2%) between March and July. The data on annual production is interesting. The Chamber of Commerce indicates a turnover for services of 1 billion 800 million for Olbia and 480 million for Arzachena and for industry of 482 million for Olbia and 87 million for Arzachena.

Regional incentives for recruitments from 2019 to 2022

A bonus to companies for the employment of young people, women and the unemployed


A regional contribution to Sardinian companies hiring under 35, unemployed and women over 35, with incentives from 1200 euro to 16,000 euro and one-year coverage. This is the employment support measure called "T.V.B. Occupational Bonus" that will finance hirings from 1 October 2019 until 2022.

The Cipnes Gallura territorial development agency is available to provide information and support on an intervention aimed at all enterprises holding VAT numbers (with the exception of fishing and aquaculture, primary production of agricultural products). You can write to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 0789.597125.

The incentive consists of a financial contribution granted by the Sardinia Region, whose intensity and duration varies according to the type of contract activated by the company (12 months or indefinite time), the gross monthly salary, and the type of recipient recruited (with particular reference to disadvantaged, very disadvantaged or disabled people).

Companies that have recruited from 1 October 2019 until 21 January 2022 will be eligible for the contribution. Those who have hired from 1 October 2019 until 31 January 2020 must submit their application by 31 July 2020.

There are two possibilities for recruitment after 1 February 2020. First, if the final application deadline (i.e. the last day of the month following the date of recruitment) falls on a date before 31 July 2020, this deadline is extended to 31 July 2020. The second: where the final deadline for the submission of applications falls later than 31 July 2020, applications must be submitted "by the last day of the month following the date of recruitment".

The incentive may vary from a minimum of 1,200 euros to a maximum of 16,000 euros depending on the salary bracket and the type of recruitment for a specific/undefined period.If, on the other hand, the recipient of the employment is a disabled person, the amount of the incentive varies from a minimum of €1,800 to a maximum of €24,000, also in this case calculated on the basis of the salary bracket and the type of contract determined/undetermined.The application procedure will be managed through the Employment Information System (SIL) on the specific portal www.sardegnalavoro.it


Cipnes at work in its 10 hectares of public green space

The strategic objective is the reconversion in an ecologically equipped productive area


The Cipnes Gallura workmen are busy maintaining the 10 hectares of green spaces in the industrial area of Olbia. The Cipnes performs two important functions. On one hand, it manages the equipped green areas and those for collective use. On the other side instead, it carries out the design and the realization of the new parks and standard green areas of its competence.

Environmental sustainability is one of Cipnes' missions: health, safety and the environment have assumed a central role in the development policies of the production and industrial areas and the consortium is a convinced and active interpreter of this new course. In this perspective, the conversion of its industrial area into an Ecologically Equipped Production Area (APEA) is a strategic priority for Cipnes. The objective is to promote and support the ecologically sustainable settlement of new production activities in Gallura. Our Consortium ensures a greater and permanent attention to all environmental matrices, implements the eco-efficiency and environmental sustainability principles and guarantees a governance based on an integrated management of environmental, health and safety issues of the entire Cipnes production area.

In summary, the Cipnes aims are the following: to pursue environmental  greater performance than the sum of the benefits that can be obtained from the optimization of the production processes of each established company; to generate socio-economic and competitive benefits for the companies operating within the consortium areas; to create an alliance between the established companies by involving them in a virtuous mechanism in being competitive by providing quality to the entire production chain established; to launch a marketing and attractiveness action on which to base the improvement of the image and reputation of the area thanks to the APEA qualification; to create the conditions to generate cost savings for the established companies, to improve the protection of the environment, health and safety of workers, therefore, to promote attractiveness and attractiveness towards new companies that will be established in the CIPNES APEA area; to design and build infrastructures for the energy production and distribution from renewable sources in the consortium industrial area such as cycle paths with photovoltaic roofing, biomethane from urban and organic waste recovery, thermodynamic solar energy.




The Cipnes Agency at work for enterprises

"We support you on regional loans for tourism."


 The Cipnes Gallura Territorial Development Agency is working to help companies that intend to use both national and regional funding and loans to counteract the Coronavirus impact.

Conceived as an activity to support the creation, innovation, aggregation and internationalisation of companies, the Agency is analyzing the regional law number 8 of March 9 with which are granted chirografary loans to Sardinian activities in the tourism sector. Its staff is available to all entrepreneurs to provide assistance and information (call 0789.597125 or send an email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.).

The loans, for which the Region of Sardinia has already published the notice, are addressed to micro enterprises (less than 10 employees and less than 2 million turnover) and small enterprises (less than 50 employees and 10 million turnover) in tourism (* the relevant Ateco codes for financial activities are at the bottom of the article).

The public aid to support the Sardinian tourism economy is aimed at ensuring the availability of financial liquidity and preserving the companies' workforce.

The loan consists of interest-free financing, with a repayment period spread over 72 months, including 24 months of pre-amortisation. No real and/or personal guarantees are provided.

The eligible amount varies from a minimum of 30 thousand euros to a maximum of 70 thousand euros, calculated on the basis of the presumed cost of employees for 2020 (which must be at least equal to or higher than the same average cost in the previous three years) and depending on the aid scheme chosen by the company in accordance with EU Regulations 1407/2013 and 651/2014 of the Commission.

Funding from the Region of Sardinia is paid out over the counter: applications will be examined in the chronological order in which they are submitted. Applications may be submitted from 9 a.m. on 29 April until 31 July 2020.

The procedure for uploading and submitting applications will be managed through the Employment Information System (SIL) on the portal www.sardegnalavoro.it. Companies will be able to register or access directly, if they are already registered, using the access credentials. The request to be completed is called " Funding Application for Access and Liquidity Support”.


* Atheco codes list eligible for funding

47.78.32 Retail sale of handicrafts

49.32.20 Transportation by car rental with driver

50.10.00 Maritime and coastal passenger transport "Local traffic".

55.10.00 Hotels

55.20.10 Holiday villages

55.20.20 Youth Hostels

55.20.51 Short-stay room rentals, holiday homes and apartments, bed and breakfast

55.20.52 Accommodation activities related to agricultural holdings

55.30.00 Camping areas and equipped areas for campers and caravans

56.10.11 Refreshment and dispensing

56.10.12 Catering activities related to agricultural holdings

56.10.30 Ice cream parlours and pastry shops

56.10.41 Ice cream and pastry shops and itinerant bakeries

56.10.42 Street food

56.30.00 Bars and other similar establishments without cooking

77.11.00 Renting of passenger cars and light motor vehicles

77.21.01 Bicycle rental

77.21.02 Unmanned chartering of carry-over craft (including pedal boats)

77.21.09 Hire of other sports and recreational equipment

77.34.00 Hire of maritime and river transport equipment

79.11.00 Travel agency activities

79.90.19 Other reservation services and other tourist assistance not provided by travel agencies

79.90.20 Activities of guides and tour leaders

91.02.00 Museum activities

91.03.00 Management of historical sites and monuments and similar attractions

93.21.00 Amusement parks and theme parks

93.29.20 Management of sea, lake and river bathing establishments

49.39.09 Other land transport of Inca passengers