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Clusters and CMO’s have a crucial role to play in growing our digital economy and reputation.

They foster collaboration and connect enterprises, particularly SMEs; build bridges across the EU ecosystems and beyond; and support innovation, internationalisation and crucially for us, scaling-up of SMEs. 

We see increasing potential for; setting up international partnerships to support our SMEs in accessing and making use of global opportunities; the cluster organisations taking the lead in the digital and carbon-neutral ‘green’ transformation, working with partners like Censis and OneDigital; cross cluster and cross sector innovation and collaboration.

 We see huge value in the cluster management model and framework that ScotlandIS has in place.

We were the first CMO in Scotland to achieve Bronze accreditation and are now working towards Silver in early 2020. 

A lot of work has been done to develop the infrastructure, expertise, partnerships and processes needed to stand up our existing cluster communities, we are now in an excellent position to be able to do this efficiently and effectively for any new clusters, and to work to support others who are on this journey.

Jane Morrison-Ross, CEO, ScotlandIS on ‘why clusters’
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.

You can find out more about each of our communities by clicking on the links below.


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.

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.

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