The TransManche Development Group is a non-profit, non-political, non-partisan organisation. Our goal is to improve cross-Channel transport, commerce, and cultural links directly across the Channel.
The Channel (La Manche) is the busiest maritime corridor in the world. Our regions share the same concerns of security, maritime borders, fishing, pollution and carbon footprint, freight, and tourism routes. We feel that the best approach to dealing with post-Brexit issues, and indeed the COVID-19 situation, should not be about “winners and losers” but about helping each other. We are working towards a cleaner environment, we support good practice, and we aim to help maintain warm relations between the people of our regions.
Recent events are creating new challenges to trade and regulatory relationships – but they are also creating new opportunities.
We cover the Solent (Southampton, Portsmouth, Isle of Wight) and Southern England, Jersey, Guernsey, Brittany, and Western France.
We are funded by contributions from local government, economic, and businesses organisations.
Creating Invisible bridges
Our Operations Committee co-ordinates our wider strategies and objectives and liaises with local government and relevant organisations. At the local level, our regional hubs hold regular meetings to discuss individual projects. We run several Work Groups each specialising in a different sector and advised by experts in their respective fields. These include tourism, construction, agriculture, education, transport, technology, environment, and education as well as general advice such as ‘best practice’. You can find the full list on our [link] Activities page. We will be publishing newsletters and holding regular conferences, seminars webinars. We aim to be a new and complimentary source of up-to-date information and contacts, working in synergy with existing French and British economic and infrastructure organisations.