A Practical Guide to Cluster Development is an evidence-based guide targeted at those engaged in the delivery of cluster policy at the local level. It is intended to provide a valuable information source on ‘what works’ and ‘what doesn’t’.
In a globalised and technologically advanced world, businesses are increasingly gathering together to generate competitive advantage.
This phenomenon – clustering – can been seen around the world.
Much has been written on the benefits of clustering, and a great deal of effort has gone into mapping clusters, but there has been surprisingly little work that bringing together
the material on the critical success factors for cluster development. This document aims to fill that gap.
It draws on analysis and evaluation material to set out how local policy makers can help clusters to flourish. The approaches in the document cannot guarantee success but
the policy actions set out in this document constitute best practice, and should provide a firm evidence-based platform for local cluster strategies.
The report is split into two sections:
• Section A provides advice on how to design and measure a cluster strategy.
• Section B sets out examples of the type of interventions that can encourage the successful development of clusters.