business support

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Cluster 2020 – Impacts & Outcomes

            Cluster 2020 has completed its funded three year period. The executive summary of this work has now been published. 100+ events, 8,353 businesses reached via the web, 3,803 businesses attended our events and and 209 businesses ‘worked-in-detail’ with us across four countries. A multitude of tests have been done and … Continue reading »

Creative Accelerator – smarter business advice

  Creative Accelerator is a new approach to creative business support, combining expert face-to-face advice with a set of on-line tools and a dashboard. It is being used in two main ways: firstly, by business support intermediaries, to assist their expert advisors deliver a thorough service for less money. Secondly, by incubators & coworking centres, … Continue reading »

Growth Opportunities for Creative Businesses

          Cluster 2020 have analysed what the high growth opportunities will be for creative businesses in the near future. Creative businesses are no longer defined by traditional sub-sectors (film, TV, games etc.), digital technology is changing the landscape for creative industries and the boundaries of traditional markets are becoming blurred. This … Continue reading »

How Businesses can use Data to bring them Competitive Advantage

            One of the main areas of next-generation business support testing by Cluster 2020 has been the use of data within companies to bring them competitive advantage. Three data pilots were run, two in the UK and one in France. Each communicated the benefits of using data to creative businesses … Continue reading »

Final Conference: Building Effective Creative Clusters

Did you miss our conference? See here the picture gallery. With the theme “Building Effective Creative Clusters” the joint Cluster2020-ECCL final conference was held on 25 November2014 in WERK1, a new co-working space in East Munich. The key objective was to address practical ideas to unlock the economic value of the Creative & Cultural Industries. … Continue reading »

Cluster Excellence and ‘Creative Industry Friendliness’ Report

This report identifies the factors that make a programme, service or grant opportunity suitable or ‘friendly’ for use by creative businesses. It proposes a test which scores five factors: 1. Does the tool recognise the key characteristics of a creative business. ie., micro size, nature of employment, business models and processes? 2. Does the tool … Continue reading »

Best Incubation Practices aimed at supporting Creative & Digital Businesses

  This report from Cluster 2020 surveys eight creative sector focused incubation centres from Europe to the Middle East. It identifies the essential components of successful incubators factors as well as finds out what makes each one great. Underlying the report is the question:  Do incubators have to run different programmes and services to be effective … Continue reading »

Innovation Lab – 9July14 – connecting creatives to heritage markets

Heritage based tourism is now worth £26.4bn to the UK economy, offering digital SMEs significant new commercial market opportunities, engagement with new audiences and the ability to develop projects that can attract further investment. On 9th July 2014, Cluster 2020 will launch the Innovation Lab, an interactive workshop where digital SMEs come face to face with some of … Continue reading »

TENDER OPPORTUNITY for Creative Industry Advisors

Coventry University Enterprises are tendering for an experienced business advisor, individual or organisation. They should have a proven track record with digital and creative businesses and will be required to take 30 businesses through ‘Creative Accelerator’, this is the 2nd pilot of our experimental business support tool. Businesses involved should be West Midlands based wherever possible. The process … Continue reading »

TENDER for UK Sector Business Consultant

  Coventry University Enterprises are looking for a business sector or innovation specialist who can set-up and run a cross-sector event in the West Midlands between May and early July 2014. The successful specialist will be required to engage creative and digital businesses with opportunities in the tourism and heritage sector. Sector knowledge and contacts … Continue reading »

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