Developing international partnerships

SME members of the Pôle Mer Bretagne Atlantique cluster benefit from the privileged relationship it enjoys with several international clusters. Partnership initiatives involving Pôle Mer Bretagne Atlantique are mounted every year in association with the Pôle Mer Méditerranée cluster and with the support of DGE, France’s Directorate General for Enterprise, and the international business development agency, Business France. Trade missions are organised to countries including Australia, Indonesia, Vietnam, Thailand, United States, Canada, Brazil, South Korea and Singapore.

Pôle Mer Bretagne Atlantique has secured a number of partnerships with clusters abroad:

  • Marine South East (England)

  • Institut France Québec pour le Maritime

  • Quebec Marine Resource Science and Technology Cluster (Canada)

  • Liguria Cluster of Marine Technology (Italy)

  • Innovation Norway

  • ONIP and RIO SubSea Cluster (Brazil) 

  • Blue Tech Cluster Alliance (USA, Portugal, Norway, France, Great Britain, Ireland, Spain and Canada)

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.

These agreements are designed to help the region’s SMEs develop their international activities. For members of Pôle Mer Bretagne Atlantique, it is an opportunity to benefit from mentoring and guidance for their initial forays into international markets.