Chamber staff attend launch of European Project

Date: 15/07/2019
Author: GMCC
Company: GMCC

Greater Manchester Chamber's Head of International Trade, Susana Cordoba, along with our International Trade Officer, Pauline Puig, attended the launch event of the Interreg FAN-BEST (Funding Atlantic Network for Blue Economy Technology) project in Santiago de Compostela from 18th to 19th June 2019.

This was an opportunity for all the partners, including the Chamber, to meet and officially announce the launch of this project led by the University of Santiago de Compostela. Ten partners across the Atlantic Area are participating in this project and aim to develop a support network of public and private entities to encourage technology transfer, innovation and increase the number of women entrepreneurs in the sector.

The Blue Economy represents roughly 5.4 million jobs and generates a gross added value of almost €500 billion a year. However, further growth is possible in several areas. This project will focus on five sectors with high potential for sustainable growth:

  • Biotechnology
  • The use of marine resources
  • Aquaculture
  • Renewable Energy
  • Coastal Tourism

Other sectors related to the Blue Economy can also be involved.

Who can be involved? 

To develop this network, we are looking to engage with SMEs, start-ups and entrepreneurs as well as with R&D organisations and financing agents.

Next event in Manchester 

The next event will take place in Manchester on 7th November and will look at Innovation in the Blue economy with a focus on Women leaders.

If you would like to share your experience and speak at the event or if you would like to attend and receive further details, please email Pauline Puig at