Developing and sustaining the new wave of business clusters

Case Studies

In London an industrial estate contains 28 businesses. Of varied size, they cover a wide range of sectors, although the estate was formerly a light engineering manufacturing heartland. The local Business Link, supported by the Local Authority and funded from the European Regional Development Fund, introduces a new scheme:

  • a free computer
  • one year ISP linkage via a regeneration scheme network
  • one year free training for any staff.

This micro-network is meant to link up the Companies and increase electronic trading and IT skills. After one year only 9 of the Companies have signed up for the micro network and as yet there are no real inter-firm linkages or training take-up.

  • What went wrong?
  • Why were conditions not right for the project?
  • How could the EU project have been designed differently?
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