Rennes, 2 July 2018 – With more than 1,200 participants from Bretagne and all parts of the world, Open de l’International is the greatest Breton economic event. This year, the event hosted all over Bretagne is back in Rennes. This 6th edition was held at the Couvent des Jacobins, Rennes’ new congress hall. And successful it has been!
A diversified population of participants makes for an efficient and friendly event
All Breton businesses currently operating internationally or looking to do so responded to BCI’s invitation on 2 July. All company profiles were present, namely major groups, SMEs, start-ups, as well as first-time exporters. “With the variety of subjects addressed during the Open, we meet managers, export managers, finance directors, export assistants and public international support organisations… With its diversified population of participants, the Open has a unique, efficient and friendly atmosphere.” Gilles Falc’hun, CEO of Bretagne Commerce International, organiser of the event with support from EEN, Région Bretagne and CCI Bretagne, tells us. “BCI also offers Breton managers the opportunity to meet over 90 certified contractors working in more than 55 countries! ”
Companies attend in search of information and to build their network
Information and networking are the cornerstones of this event. In one day, companies can
- learn more about technical areas such as international e-commerce, contract management, HR management in multicultural teams, etc. (32 different workshops)
- networking with other Breton and international companies and bringing their projects forward in their target countries by meeting BCI’s certified contractors
- interacting with their peers during ‘best practice exchange’ sessions
- learning from the experience of major pundits: Régis le Roux (Enensys), Serge Kergoat (Krampouz), Pascal Piriou (Groupe Piriou)
- learning about the means implemented by the Region to support companies
South Korea in the spotlight
This year, the partner village hosted a dozen foreign organisations to promote their countries (Germany, Austria, Australia, Belgium, China, South Korea, Ireland, Netherlands, Wales, Switzerland and Thailand). Considering the partnership signed in 2017 between Bretagne Commerce International and Korea Agro-Fisheries & Food Trade Corporation (AT Center), South Korea was in the spotlight. Three Korean businesses, supported by AT Center, were able to meet with Breton businesses during the B2B meetings and meet future partners. These Korean businesses also benefited from a tailored visit programme to Breton businesses on 3 and 4 July, aiming to meet the right technical and/or industrial partners for their project.