Developing and sustaining the new wave of business clusters
General Cluster Information
1. What market or markets is the cluster serving?
How is that market changing? - Is it growing? Is the cluster growing?
What opportunities is the cluster missing? - Opportunity for new businesses are either being missed or not taken up (spin-offs)
2. Analysis of cluster
History - how long? How well established etc?
How strong? How many companies?
Local or international (Links to (1) above)
Communication: Do the companies talk to each other? - Is there a formal structure for this? Or informal?
Is the cluster low tech or high tech?
How does it rate in Europe/in World? Terms? How competitive?
Dynamics? Is there interaction between companies? Do people switch jobs? Competitive? Entrepreneurial flair
3. Local/Regional Support
New economy services and venture capital
Higher Education - research and tech support
Training provision/Further Education/Key skills
Role of public authorities
Who owns the leaders of the cluster? (which are the largest Companies and their ownership?)
Which are the critical issues facing the Cluster?