Mer Bretagne Atlantique Cluster Partners' Club

The Mer Bretagne Atlantique cluster is a driving force for economic development and maritime innovation. To strengthen its network of economic players, the cluster launched a Partners’ Club on 25 June 2014. The club is open to companies looking for an opportunity to participate in blue growth. 

The aim: to boost the maritime economy by fostering relations between partners and cluster members.

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Today one of the cluster’s priorities is to support businesses in the industrialisation and commercialisation of the results of recognised projects. To achieve this, the Mer Bretagne Atlantique cluster mobilises the full range of skills that focus on and are a focus for blue growth. The club is therefore open to players who will bring their own expertise for the benefit of the cluster’s 350 members – banks, investment funds, consultancies, media groups, etc.

Membership of the Mer Bretagne Atlantique Partners’ Club is a way of seizing maritime economy opportunities and of benefiting from the momentum for innovation created by its portfolio of 195 recognised projects worth an overall R&D investment of almost €650 M.

By offering a range of tailored commercial services, each Partner’s needs – business, communication/advertising, strategic information on maritime innovation, etc. – can be met. Welcome to the Mer Bretagne Atlantique customised service.


Five players marked the occasion of the launch of the Mer Bretagne Atlantique Partners’ Club by officially signing up on 25 June 2014:



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With its historic links to the maritime industry and the littoral economy, the Crédit Maritime Bretagne - Normandie (CMBN) bank is a proper and natural partner for the cluster.
As well as supporting fishing and aquaculture, the CMBN has long been a key player in Brittany’s maritime economy and plays a full part as the sector’s bank. The CMBN is familiar with the rich development potential afforded by activities relating to the sea: fishing and sea farming, new types of energy, shipyards and many other forms of marine-related technology. The CMBN is extensively committed to fishing fleet renovation projects
. The bank already offers a centre with relevant skills and expertise, and supports business development. 


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Identifying groundbreaking projects, harnessing enterprise and supporting project directors are initiatives which attracted the Crédit Mutuel de Bretagne bank to the Mer Bretagne Atlantique cluster, as it seeks to grow the blue economy and jobs through innovation. By enabling a robust and sustainable sector to emerge, the Crédit Mutuel de Bretagne is actively contributing to the economic vitality and development of the region and helping ensure the long-term viability of jobs in Brittany. In this way, the bank is fulfilling its role as a regional banking provider close to its customers.
With a network of 226 local branches, the Crédit Mutuel de Bretagne has 3 206 frontline staff, 2 813 administrators and more than 1.8 million building society members and customers. It has a presence in all four Breton départements and provides services to private individuals, community organisations, companies and maritime and farming sector customers with a turnover of less than 10 million euros. The Crédit Mutuel de Bretagne is part of the Crédit Mutuel Arkéa group which was created in 2002 from a federation of the mutual societies of Crédit Mutuel de Bretagne (CMB), Crédit Mutuel Sud-Ouest (CMSO) and Crédit Mutuel Massif Central (CMMC), as well as twenty specialist subsidiaries. 


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SIPA-OUEST-France, the newspaper group comprising Ouest-France (daily paper), Infomer (publisher of Le marin, Produits de la Mer, Cultures Marines, Navires et Marine Marchande, Marine et Forces Navales), Chasse-mare and Voiles et Voiliers, has worked closely with the Mer Bretagne Atlantique cluster ever since its creation.
The newspaper and publishing group aims to promote the numerous innovative projects supported and recognised by the cluster via its publications and events – the Assises de l’Economie Maritime, Assises de la Pêche et des Produits de la Mer and Euromaritime.
Membership of the Partners’ Club will enable them not only to consolidate their links with all cluster players (entrepreneurs, researchers, financiers, etc.) but also to contribute to powering the development of the maritime economy in the Brittany and Loire regions


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The cliffs and beaches of the Brittany coastline stretch for an astonishing 1200 kilometres. Given that the best route to growth and prosperity lies in exploiting the region’s resources and specific characteristics, it seemed important that the Crédit Agricole du Finistère should position itself as a leading provider of banking services in traditional markets and focusing firmly on maritime affairs.
Blue growth industries are developing rapidly. The needs in terms of financing, support, innovation and networking are immense. In addition, Finistère has the impressive advantage of being the centre for more than 40% of French marine-related research.
The Crédit Agricole du Finistère is committed to this shift in strategic development in its three-phase initiative:
- Providing detailed analysis of all development opportunities
- Creating a range of products and services adapted to the maritime sector
- Raising awareness among both elected representatives and professionals of economic issues relating to the sea.
This strategic realignment is still aimed at seeking out and developing sources of growth for our region and its inhabitants…just our business has always done for more than 100 years


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ACE Management is a private, specialist portfolio management company which for 20 years has made capital investments in technology companies predominantly in the aerospace, maritime and defence and security sectors.
In particular, ACE Management manages the Atalaya Fund (the cluster is a member of its Investment Committee), for investing in maritime sector companies at national level.
The partnership with the Mer Bretagne Atlantique cluster is wholly in keeping with the Atalaya Fund approach. It will facilitate exchanges between maritime economy stakeholders and provide a means of participating in blue growth

On 29 October 2014, at the height of the Route du Rhum event, 2 new players officially signed up as members of the Mer Bretagne Atlantique Partners’ Club:


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GOCAPITAL is a fund management company involved in securing finance for innovative and high-tech companies in western France.

For GOCAPITAL, becoming a Mer Bretagne Atlantique cluster partner is an obvious choice given its regional activities. This partnership strengthens the close links GOCAPITAL is seeking to develop with maritime economy stakeholders.



The Telegramme Group is a multimedia company with three main core activities:
- Media, with its flagship daily regional newspaper Le Télégramme, available in 19 separate editions across the départements of Brittany (2013 distribution: 207,026 purchased copies, readership: 678,000); its magazines: Bateaux, Course au large and the bi-monthly magazine Bretagne; its television output: Tébéo and Tébésud, local TV channels broadcast on TNT.
- Services, with its advertising business Viamédia and its communications agencies Philéas and Yellow Cake, plus Regionsjob, the leading regional small ads website for job vacancies.
- Events, with Pen Duick and organising of transatlantic racing (La Route du Rhum - Destination Guadeloupe, Transat Ag2r, Transat Bretagne-Martinique, Solitaire du Figaro - Eric Bompard Cachemire); the international agency OC Sport specialising in sports and events marketing, both for professional yachting and outdoor sports (The Transat, Barcelona World Race, Dongfeng Race Team [Volvo Ocean Race 2014-15]); plus Les Francofolies and Le Printemps de Bourges events

Contact the Mer Bretagne Atlantique Partners' Club:
Stéphane Alain Riou: