Clusters promote economic growth through leveraging the innovation and business potential of a region; generating new employment opportunities, new products and services, new companies, new R&D activities and new patents.
Our clusters are the one window to smart ticketing and transport, cyber and data companies in Scotland. They are a fantastic, searchable resource for the public sector and wider Scottish economy, helping to locate the right suppliers and showcasing the wealth of experience and innovation we have in Scotland.
The associated capability directories will become an important part of the technology ecosystem – and will help us demonstrate that Scotland is a secure, resilient, expert country to do business in.
They are a tool to support the growth of our digital economy while growing the value of the digital tech companies in Scotland and promoting Scotland as an innovative, digital nation.
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- ScotlandIS first to achieve successful benchmarking through the European Cluster Management process
- ScotlandIS is delighted to be the first Scottish organisation to have been awarded Bronze status through the European Cluster Management Process.
- ScotlandIS only UK organisation with Silver CMO status
The accreditation recognises ScotlandIS’ continued development of industry clusters through long-standing learning, creating special interest groups and strategy development.
Among these efforts has been the creation of ScotlandIS’ Scottish Cluster Ecosystem Alliance, which brings together representatives from across the tech sector – from fintech, cyber, traveltech and data organisations – to exchange knowledge and promote cross-sector collaboration. By engaging with member organisations across the clusters ScotlandIS has identified and explored challenges within the sector.
As part of the EU efforts to create more world-class clusters across the EU by strengthening cluster excellence, in 2009 the Commission launched the European Cluster Excellence Initiative (ECEI).
Strong clusters promote economic growth through leveraging the innovation and business potential of a region; generating new employment opportunities, new products and services, new companies, new R&D activities and new patents. The European Cluster Excellence Initiative, initiated by the European Commission DG Enterprise and Industry, developed methodologies and tools to support cluster organisations to improve their capacities and capabilities in the management of clusters and networks.
Cluster management organisations that are benchmarked demonstrate their interest in striving for excellence. The current list of benchmarked organisations includes 821 from 40 countries and ScotlandIS is only the third in the UK and the first in Scotland to successfully achieve the Bronze award. ScotlandIS is currently the only organisation in the UK to hold the Silver award.
The Scottish Cluster Ecosystem Alliance is a vital resource to share expertise in cluster development and management for the technology sector. The connections we have made through the Scottish Cluster Ecosystem Alliance have directly led to joint initiatives. It has certainly improved our practice and we look forward to seeing where ScotlandIS will take this in the future.Josh Ryan-Saha, Director of TravelTech for Scotland cluster