Research and analysis

Industrial clusters in England

Research trialling a big data approach to identifying industry clusters, with case studies from each of the sectors studied.


Industrial clusters in England report

This file may not be suitable for users of assistive technology. Request an accessible format.

If you use assistive technology (such as a screen reader) and need a version of this document in a more accessible format, please email Please tell us what format you need. It will help us if you say what assistive technology you use.


This research uses an innovative big data approach to identifying clusters of businesses in three sectors. It includes a case study for a cluster in each sector exploring both how the clusters developed and the nature of relationships formed by companies with other companies and local institutions.

Geographical clusters of the digital health, financial services and processing industry sectors are identified by web scraping. Qualitative case studies are conducted on three clusters identified by the quantitative analysis:

  • North East of England Process Industry Cluster (NEPIC)
  • Financial services cluster in Leeds City Region
  • Digital health cluster in Birmingham

The report includes a critical appraisal of the project which highlights the contribution of this study to the wider research programme on industrial clusters as well as areas for future research.

Published 22 September 2017