Central Coast Industry Connect presents at Cluster Forum;
"BALT Tasmania, Competitive Business Clusters Event"

Central Coast Industry Connect (CCIC) was invited to present at the BALT Tasmania Competitive Business Clusters Event held in Launceston on the 30th March 2017. This event was put on by BALT (Business Action Learning Tasmania), and in huge part thanks to Genevieve Clother, their Business Development Manager.

Collaboration to innovate is a core principle behind Business Action Learning Tasmania. In 2016, BALT representatives interviewed leaders of established business clusters in regional areas to learn more about their experiences. The opportunity to compare and contrast the different approaches was invaluable.

Given that there are numerous other cluster initiatives underway or being contemplated in Tasmania and other states, BALT believed a broader audience would benefit from these insights. To that end, BALT had organised this forum to showcase the various approaches to cluster formation and operation and to share the learnings of working clusters. CCIC was fortunate to be recognised as a strong regional cluster through their interview process and was invited to be a presenter at the workshop.

The purpose of the workshop was for leaders of recognised business clusters from regional areas in Tasmania and across Australia to share lessons learnt, new ideas and future aspirations for cluster development.
The aim was to deepen the collective understanding of clusters/networks and cluster development and promote the concepts of cluster theory to key stakeholders in the region.

The audience included a wide range of Individuals and organisations involved in the manufacturing sector, agribusiness, tourism, health and regional development.Included were also state, local government and federal government agencies and Education providers.

With nine presenters running clusters and networks across Australia and NZ it was clear that we were all facing the same challenges and having the same successes. The importance of being relevant, connected with government, having a project focus that delivers benefits to your members, being adaptable and flexible with the changing industry conditions and having resources to support growth were some of the reoccurring themes.

Apart from CCIC, Dr. Anton Kriz from UON Central Coast presented on the Regional Clusters. Anton has been doing work in the north and north-west of Tasmania in raising the awareness of local industry leaders of the need for collaboration to promote innovation.

The day started with an opening address by Sarah Courtney MP and parliamentary Secretary to the Premier and ended with a presenters and sponsors dinner.
The group had a lot in common and will continue to forge deeper relationships to grow their networks and look for opportunities to collaborate into the future.

A copy of the program event including information on the speakers can be found here. Event program.