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1 Cluster experiences and issues in the UK Paul Miller Gavurin Ltd

2 10 MESSAGES of which THREE are crucial A.Clusters DO exist B.Understanding them and the role of public policy to support them is EXPENSIVE C.BUT, economic development is not just about companies

3 MESSAGE 1: Clusters do exist

4 Possible to create imbalance in the economy. Are these clusters? Software Research and development

5 Imbalance in the UK economy. Which leads to….. Manufacture of medical precision and optical instruments

6 MESSAGE 2: development is not ONLY about clusters: the NUMBER of firms is crucial The relationship of firm growth to firm numbers

7 MESSAGE 3: Think only about MARKETS People don’t buy ‘technologies’ Clean air management Effluent control Energy management Environmental services and consultancy Land reclamation Noise control Pollution control Radiation control Recycling activity Spillage control Toxic substance control Vibration control Waste management Water services Much talk in Europe about ‘ENVIRONMENTAL TECHNOLOGIES’

8 MESSAGE 4: Understanding clusters is DIFFICULT and EXPENSIVE Cluster ‘theory’ not well understood – Linkage / innovation in particular – Confusion between concentrations and clusters Research resources spread too thinly – Understanding supply chains – Role of R&D – Engaging business

9 MESSAGES: Better to be short on ambition & long on delivery 6. Structure follows strategy – Implications for governance 7. Leadership is (almost) all – An issue of levels – Consider the private sector 8. Remember Monday – An action orientation is vital

10 MESSAGES: Cluster depth – Enhance and protect 10.Protect manufacturing

11 THANK YOU


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