CEBR members deliver a wide range of services to support cluster development and many of these can be applied in clusters across the world.
This section of the website collates examples of activities within Member clusters that helps to support cluster development, from activities to support individual cluster members, such as SMEs, to implementing cluster strategy. Use the links below or to the left to access the full range of cluster development services,
Sevices are clustered together around:
Implementing cluster strategy
A practical guide to developing and implementing a cluster development strategy - the challenge of creating a realistic strategy and implementing it effectively on increasingly contrstained budgets.
Raising visibility of cluster research facilities
Part of the Shared Facilities SIG, this section gives great examples of promotion at cluster and individual facility level.
An extensive section, sharing the internationalisation tools commonly in use in clusters across Europe.
SME self assessment tools
An invaluable collection of websites that cluster managers can use to support their SMEs in business development.
Support for cluster actors
Another extensive website section, with examples of how cluster managers support different parts of their biocommunity, with a strong focus on SME development.
Assessment of cluster services
Where suitable, CEBR has also used an assessment tool for activities which was developed by Members. Critica are practical within the assessment tool, designed to enable cluster managers to understand how a service might suit their cluster, what resources are required and how long an effort is requited before effect.
|1. Value to cluster actors
||What impact is felt by direct recipients of the service?
||Low/medium/high: Can be clarified to specific target audience e.g. SMEs
|2. Value to cluster as a whole
||Does the service contribute directly to cluster development
|3. Impact on quality of services in cluster
||Does the services lead to greater quality of service from companies e.g. customer provider seminars or a purchasing scheme
||What level of finances are required to launch and deliver the service?
|5. Ease of implementation
||How quickly/easily could this be implemented elsewhere?
|6. Size of cluster
||Which size or maturity of cluster would benefit?
||Small/medium/large: Can be defined e.g. large commercial R&D intensive cluster
|7. Suitable for...
||Written comment classifying type of cluster
|| e.g. suitable for small, diverse cluster
|8. Value for cluster manager/provider
||What benefit does the provider gain from delivering service?
||Low/medium/high: Can be defined e.g. building a trusted relationship with actors or direct revenue generation (purchasing scheme)
|9. Value in wider networking
|| Would the beneficiaries gain greater benefit if the service was networked with the same in other clusters
||Low/medium/high: Can be defined e.g. a local entrepreneurs network linked to similar networks in other clusters
|10. Barrier to entry
||Specific requirements essential for launch and operation
||List e.g. minimum 10 years commitment or investment for 2 years before benefit realised