What is a Cluster?
To promote growth, we must develop cleantech clusters through hubs. Low-cost physical hubs for innovation and the commercialisation of research must be developed and supported to encourage growth. Affordable space and space to grow into is vital for businesses to not only start-up but to grow.
Why are Clusters valuable for Cleantech?
Clusters are valuable in facilitating collaboration and, for the cleantech sector to grow, cross-sector collaboration amongst innovators is crucial. It allows innovators to exchange knowledge, take their research to production and share best practice. Sharing across all sectors of the economy will create a more fluid and connected environment in which ideas can become solutions.
The UK has a wealth of regions in the process of establishing themselves as emerging cleantech clusters. However, we are lacking in our fully established cleantech clusters. Our most established and considerably largest existing cleantech clusters within the UK are Cambridge Cleantech and London Cleantech Cluster.
An abundance of cleantech clusters have formed globally, with a hub activity taking off in Europe. These clusters include the Copenhagen Cleantech Cluster, Berlin’s Cleantech Business Park (CBP) and Cleantech Finland which has led to the cross-country platform of Beautiful Beijing.
EAST OF ENGLAND
Currently, the East of England’s innovation ecosystem relies strongly on localised clusters whereby proximity between businesses and hubs plays a key role. There is further potential for clustering around our knowledge-rich assets, such as the UEA. However, the relationship between the innovation ecosystem and physical space is intrinsic. Available space and space to grow into is vital for innovation to occur, physical hubs for innovation and the commercialisation of research must be developed to support this crucial relationship. As a result, clusters can form around these physical spaces.