SMECluster - The Connected Business Community

On the 14 November 2013, The Waterton Technology Centre in Bridgend played host to a variety of companies spanning over several sectors of industry. This one day event was incredibly informative and introduced the reality of the SMECluster vision.

There is so much going on in the world of technology it can be difficult to differentiate between vision and reality.

Its also hard to cut through the bureaucracy and marketing hype to see what is really available to help you grow your business. Sematronix Limited has recently been formed to help advise you on how to cut through the piles of paperwork and exploit the opportunities coming out of Europe, to allow local businesses the opportunity to get a slice of the action.

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. 

What is SMECluster?

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.  

With enhanced services, including honest tendering opportunities, tailored to the needs of a cluster member; Businesses can be confident that they are in the right place. Without the annoyance of constant advertising there is the ability to share capacity and take advantage of extended resources.  

For others 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. 

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 catalyses collective action, dialogue, trust and capacity building within clusters and with other linked organisations and sectors.