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
Cluster 2020 are creating 60 x expert videos on key subjects relevant to creative businesses. They have launched three pilot videos, to get feedback, before producing the rest during 2013. What do you think? In these tough economic times, using the most efficient digital tools is a must for all businesses Anthony Tattum explains the top 5 … Continue reading
Cluster 2020 has begun a discussion on what the shape of next generation clusters and business support should be. using a summary of established wisdom displayed as mindmaps the paper considers a range of topics which include: > What are the key characteristics of Creative & Digital Clusters > What are the four core things … Continue reading
Cluster 2020 has published its initial findings from two workshops it ran with creative businesses in the Birmingham and Manchester city regions of the UK. It found startling evidence of business support badly fragmented and lacking any clear way of engaging with each business, understanding their needs or signposting what might be ‘out there’ to help them. Since regional structures were … Continue reading
The team at Cluster 2020 are delighted to be live and building partnerships and collaborations amongst cluster managers and business support organisations. We are committed to making a difference to creative businesses to help them grow and proposer in these bought times. To find out more look around this site or follow the links to … Continue reading
An important part of the ECIA’s overall approach to creative business support is to test and enable the use of voucher schemes, which will help creative businesses access services they need from other creatives AND enable creative services to be accessed by businesses in other industrial sectors, such as healthcare. For more on the ECIA Voucher … Continue reading
Cluster 2020 will be testing and developing a business dashboard, giving participating businesses a visual display and representation of the various support options, signposted initiatives and networking connections that have been recommended for them.
An important part of the ECIA’s overall approach to creative business support is to enable new streams of both loan and equity finance which have the right risk and IP (intellectual property) profiles to support the sector. For more on the ECIA finance projects have a look at HowtoGrow/ECIA/Finance.