Industrial clusters


North West Clusters

North West Space Cluster

The North West Space Cluster was recently launched on 26 May 2022 alongside the North West Space Cluster strategy which will direct the cluster development.

In the next year the cluster will work closely with industry, academia, regional and national partners to put the mechanisms in place to enable the growth and success of the cluster.

Starting with the joint-funding of a regional cluster post to manage this development and work with the North West Space Leadership Group to implement the strategy and achieve a number of set goals by 2030 including:

  • doubling the number of space organisations in the north-west and increasing space research and development activity in the region
  • growing investment into new technologies
  • helping industry to solve innovation challenges.

Read more about the North West Space Cluster on the Sci-Tech Daresbury website

HealthTec Cluster North West

The HealthTec Cluster is hosted at Sci-Tech Daresbury and led by:

  • STFC
  • North West Coast Academic Health Science Network
  • Innovation Agency.

Its aim is to bring together these hubs of expertise from across industry, academia, public sector, investor networks and entrepreneurs to stimulate innovation and tackle global challenges.

Phil Blything, CEO, Glow New Media said:

Connecting with the North West HealthTec Cluster is possibly the most important thing SMEs can do in their commercialisation journey.

The true benefit of representation, platform, introductions and advice collectively, and from stakeholders such as STFC, Innovation Agency, Health Innovation Exchange and KTN has been incalculable.

Find out more about the HealthTec Cluster North West on the Sci-Tech Daresbury website

Digital Cluster at Daresbury

Launched in November 2021, the Digital Tech Cluster seeks to grow a critical mass of 100 digital tech companies in Daresbury and 300 across a wider network. The 1,000 jobs that the cluster will safeguard and create will support the levelling up initiative.

The cluster is supporting the leaders of high-growth digital tech companies with a comprehensive business support programme, strengthening their understanding of key growth topics.

Supported with investment-readiness workshops and pitching practise, the cluster companies are also able to access our investor network. Peer-to-peer learning through Chief Technology Officer meetups supports the community of tech leaders that we are building.

Future initiatives will help companies access new markets and technology.

Last updated: 1 December 2023

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