Developing international partnerships

Pôle Mer Bretagne Atlantique enjoys a privileged relationship internationally with several clusters for the benefit of its SME members. Several partnership missions involving Pôle Mer Bretagne Atlantique are mounted every year – to Brazil, Japan, Chile, Singapore, etc. – with the support of DGE, France’s Directorate General for Enterprise, and Business France (UbiFrance), the international business development agency.

Pôle Mer Bretagne Atlantique has secured partnerships with the following overseas clusters:

  • Marine South East (England)

  • Schleswig Holstein Maritime Cluster (Germany)

  • Quebec Marine Resource Science and Technology Cluster (Canada)

  • Liguria Cluster of Marine Technology (Italy)

  • French Norwegian Foundation (FNS) (Norway

  • Tan-Tan Oceanopole (Morocco)

  • ONIP and Rio SubSea Cluster (Brazil)

These partnerships seek to generate transnational cooperative projects, improve understanding of the mechanisms for accessing national markets and organise B2B meetings. In addition, partnership agreements have been signed with CCEF (Conseillers du Commerce Extérieur de France), France’s foreign trade body, and BCI (Bretagne Commerce International), Brittany’s international trade agency, to support growth in the international activities of the region’s SMEs. For members of Pôle Mer Bretagne Atlantique, it is an opportunity to benefit from mentoring and guidance in their initial forays into international markets.

During 2017, PMBA organised several partnership missions to Malaysia and Australia and continued to foster its special links with Canada and South Korea.

New missions to Argentina, Vietnam and Thailand and Canada are planned for 2018.