SMECluster is where you get relevant information about a whole range of activities. For example, the future plans for the Horizon 2020 programme as this will be a major source of funding to help small businesses grow through collaboration and research. There is a wide range of tools showcased on the site with innovative software tools that businesses can take advantage of through this collaborative networking.
SMECluster is committed to being the only portal a business needs to progress in today's competitive marketing by supporting the true needs of said business.
SMECluster can act as a contact point for like minded individuals and organisations. SME Cluster is a privately owned network that brings together the skills and product offerings of small local businesses in the South Wales region of the UK to be able to bid for much larger contracts in the Public or Private Sectors.
The chart above should give you a flavour of what the Cluster hast to offer. Extensive research has been conducted on the effectiveness of this model. What was determined from studies? Firstly, clusters can offer a useful entry point for agencies seeking to encourage responsible business practise. Secondly, working collaboratively within a cluster, SMEs are able to take advantage of market opportunities that they could not achieve alone. Performing clusters have moved from seeing social and environmental challenges as risks to their survival, to trying to turn them into market opportunities by working to improve their industry’s reputation internationally. Thirdly, cluster approaches can reduce the pain barrier of cost and risk, and adapt international tools and standards for local contexts. Several responsibility clusters concentrate on shared monitoring or certification systems which reduces cost and increases learning.
Finally, responsibility pressures provide an external challenge which catalysis collective action, dialogue, trust and capacity building within clusters and with other linked organisations and sectors.