Following on from Ifor’s webinar, registration for the October Online Cluster Development Programme with Ifor Ffowcs-Williams is available here.

Ifor Ffowcs-Williams, Cluster Navigators Ltd, New Zealand. Ifor is acknowledged as one of the most influential cluster practitioners in the world, with hands-on experience extending to over 50 countries. Ifor is a Founder and Past President of TCI Network. Ifor has been an advisor to The World Bank, EU, OECD, UNDP, international aid agencies and national & regional economic development agencies on six continents. Ifor’s popular Cluster Development Handbook is the first comprehensive guide to the What? Why? and the How? of cluster engagement.

This course introduces economic development centered on clusters and sets out the practicalities of supporting cluster development as a centre-stage strategy drawing on examples from Europe, Canada, Australia and from across the island of Ireland. Register here

Some of the key themes that will be covered are shown below:

  • The logic of cluster development as a cornerstone strategy
  • Core ingredients of a internationally competitive cluster
  • Building a cross agency Cluster ignition team
  • Twelve steps in cluster development
  • Role of the cluster manager as catalyst and connector
  • Informal and formal business collaboration
  • Smart specialisation, Brexit, Covid-19, Circular economy
  • Establishing a regions call to action
  • Good Cluster governance
  • Cluster internationalisation

Effective cluster development requires close alignment across stakeholders.  Collective participation builds good cluster practise.  Participation is relevant for:

Industry and Trade Associations: Cluster Leaders, Cluster Managers, Network Managers, Trade Associations, ISME, IBEC, Irish Exporters Assoc, Innovation Organisations, Tech IrelandChambers Ireland & Chambers Network

Government & Policy Makers: DBEI, Northern Ireland Government, IntertradeIreland,  Enterprise Ireland, Invest Northern Ireland, Regional Assemblies, Local GovernmentSkillnet IrelandÚdarás na GaeltachtaRegional Skills Forum, Western Development Commission, Teagasc

Academic, Research & Trainers:  Institutes of TechnologyUniversitiesSolas FETScience Foundation IrelandIrish Research CouncilEducation & Training Boards Ireland

Social Economy:  Leader OrganisationsVoluntary OrganisationsUrban & Rural Networks

Cluster Collaboration Co Innovation Collective Leadership