Monday, 30 June 2014

Local Business Groups and clusters

The idea of business clusters creating a unique critical mass is not new. Silicon Valley in the US, Machine Tool companies in Italy and high spec/high toolmaker's skills on pressings around the Clitheroe area come to mind from my own experiences.

Keyworth is a small village some 6 miles south of Nottingham. The Keyworth Business Group, an informal gathering of business people from that village have been meeting socially for a few years now. They have just launched a new website called Keyworth4Business in association with the Village Academy. The aim is to promote the profile of companies and individuals working out of the village both locally and more broadly. The Rushcliffe Business Partnership had a hand in it along with some key individuals from the Group such as Paul, Graham and Antonia.

All power to a new cluster of excellence; what critical mass might it bring to the Midlands, and could it help growth even without a High Speed Train Link to the Capital?