The Cluster Mark was established to raise the profile of UK manufacturers involved in cluster activity and to help promote their local strengths internationally. The awards also aim to boost the reputation of the manufacturing sector as a whole and highlight its importance to the British economy.
The first "Cluster Marks" were selected by an independent panel and presented at a gala dinner at Lancaster House in London. As well as recognising the best all round Clusters several others were given commendations for their successes in particular areas.
The competition has also allowed us to identify best practice in clustering activity from across the UK. The qualities that we would expect successful clusters to exhibit are set out here (DOC, 28 Kb) .
Humber Seafood Processing (DOC, 31 Kb) (Overall Winner)
North West Biomedical (DOC, 44 Kb)
East of England Health and Life Sciences
North West Aerospace
Clusters with Commendations
South East’s Cryogenics (Growth Potential)
West Midlands Niche Vehicles (High levels of business engagement)
Wales Opto-electronics (Engaging sceptical businesses)
Scotland Food & Drink (Improving productivity and exports)
Advanced Engineering and Materials, Yorkshire
East Midlands Healthcare and Life Sciences
East of England Energy Group
North Staffordshire’s Ceramic
North East Process Industry
North West Chemicals