Tuesday, October 25, 2005

clusters I might be prepared to believe in

You know there are some proposed clusters I'd be prepared to consider were a cluster, and have a bit of confidence in:

- London's media cluster
- associated - London's creative industries cluster
- Sheffield's steel cluster - yes! its still going - producing more steel than ever before, some highly specialised, just not employing as many bods.
- UK/London's financial services cluster - which really now extends across many cities in the UK too
- UK defense - we probably have most parts of a defence/weapons cluster - i.e we can design, build, test and sell them

These might be clusters as defined by Porter etc.

Strong bits of cluster. There might be a case for saying that some strong parts of clusters exist in the UK

- Aerospace - still quite a bit of design and build capability here
- Food and drink - some products, yes, we do have strong presence

Anyone up for identifying any more full or partial clusters? - based on realism of course, and not some RDA glossy brochure.

All this is shooting from the hip really. So take no notice. If I don't present hard facts I wouldn't blame you from saying its rubbish.

I would really like to find out where the world's tourist tat cluster is based. I always wonder how that industry functions.


At 10:08 am, Anonymous Anonymous said...

APL: The Angry economist.

Off topic. What are you angry about?

At 5:36 pm, Blogger Angry Economist said...

Nothing much! I just liked the name (I stole it off the US angry economist).

The things that make me only slightly angry as an economist are basically shoddy work, and the terrible things that some economic development organisations say which don't have much evidence to back them up.

But it doesn't really make me that angry. So yup, I am a bit of a phoney.

At 10:28 am, Blogger Angry Economist said...

oil and gas based offshore cluster in NE Scotland and rest of UK might be slightly valid

At 8:27 am, Blogger geordie_chris said...

If its any clue, theres a bunch of Saudi businessmen that come across looking for supliers in the UK for oilfield work. They stop off in London, Tyneside & Aberdeen. I s'pose that means they think those are clusters - and the customers always right (even when they are wrong?)


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