The CPMR is a key partner in a new EU interregional cooperation project to develop better public policies to support the competitiveness of small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs) working in maritime industries.

The CLIPPER project, which is led by the Pays de la Loire Region, stems from the conviction that support for maritime industries must be developed to tackle Blue Growth challenges and the need for energy transition.

Its overall objective is to improve public policies so they support maritime industries’ SMEs, by encouraging business strategies focused on diversification and differentiation. The project will explore and implement new ways of supporting SMEs to improve their quality upgrading, manufacturing performance and leadership in new markets such as MREs.

Regions have a crucial part to play in maintaining the competitiveness of SMEs in their traditional activities, particularly in shipyards, while also helping them to become leaders in developing markets such as Marine Renewable Energies (MREs).

The project held its kick-off meeting in the Pays de la Loire Region offices in Nantes on 21-22 February, involving project partners and regional stakeholders who explained the expected benefits of the project for their territory.

Partners also launched the project working groups. Discussions focused on the key thematic work areas of the project which are: Individual performance of SMEs, Reinforcement of the value chains, Internationalisation and Risk-sharing (financing and investment tools).

The partners will develop action plans for each of their territories and design political recommendations to carry them out at local level, in line with the analysis of relevant national and European contexts.

Continuous exchange and discussion between stakeholders throughout the project will ensure that they better identify challenges faced by SMEs, and guarantee coherence between their needs and the tools developed.

The links developed with SMEs during preparatory work will ensure that they benefit directly from the project. CLIPPER’s results, and their long-term use, will provide significant support for public authorities and European institutions, helping to improve their business strategies for maritime industries.

Find out more about the CLIPPER project; view the list of project partners; and visit the project’s Twitter page