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Northern Ireland Cluster Mapping

INVEST NORTHERN IRELAND - DIGITAL CLUSTER  

Invest Northern Ireland’s Digital Cluster aims to support digital firms so they can prosper and grow their businesses. Networking and collaboration underpin everything we do and we are working with stakeholders in the region and throughout Europe to achieve results that will benefit our member organisations. Northern Ireland’s Digital sector has enjoyed many successes and member companies have developed major expertise in: Telecoms and Mobile Telecoms; Financial Services; Specialist Public Procurement Solutions; Medical Devices/Health Technology; Education/E-Learning; Cloud Computing and Digital Content. www.investni.com

 

V-LINC ANALYSIS RESULTS:

  • Companies: 10 (SMEs = 8, MNCs = 2)
  • Interviews: 16
  • Individual Linkages: 222
  • Employment Range: Small (<50) to Large (250+).

SUMMARY STATISTICS:

 

LOCAL LINKAGES – INVEST NORTHERN IRELAND - DIGITAL CLUSTER:


NATIONAL LINKAGES – INVEST NORTHERN IRELAND - DIGITAL CLUSTER:


EUROPEAN LINKAGES – INVEST NORTHERN IRELAND - DIGITAL CLUSTER:


INTERNATIONAL LINKAGES – INVEST NORTHERN IRELAND - DIGITAL CLUSTER:

 

HIGHLIGHTS OF INVEST NI DIGITAL CLUSTER ECOSYSTEM RESULTS:

  • The Northern Ireland ICT sector is strongly connected locally. There are strong local linkages with government agencies (Invest NI) industry associations (NI Chamber of Commerce), research and development (Queens University and University of Ulster), training linkages and local specialist services. Overall 49% of the 222 linkages recorded are local i.e. within Northern Ireland.
  • A key driver of clusters according to Michael Porter (1998) is the strong competition and co‐operation locally, 62% were local however, these connections were not perceived as important to the respondent firms; 58% of these connections were recorded in the Low band, a major contrast with Porter’s cluster theory.
  • Over 50% of R&D linkages occur in Northern Ireland, all of which are important and with academia (Universities, IOTs or Research Institutes), this highlights a lack of co‐operative R&D projects among ICT firms locally and nationally within the United Kingdom.
  • In regard to demand conditions, Northern Ireland ICT firms are focused on the domestic market, NI and UK, and do not rely heavily on exporting their products and services abroad. There is a highway of linkages connecting Northern Ireland to London, composed predominantly of Output linkages.
  • Less than 10% of all linkages are with European based organisations and three quarters of these are linkages to the Republic of Ireland. When linkages with the Republic of Ireland are excluded, a distinct lack of business linkages with continental Europe can be seen.
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