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Cambridge Cluster Insights: An accurate and accessible source of growth data [Annual Review 2020]


Impact for scaleups


Companies identified


Revenue increase


Annual job creation


Turnover of science based companies


Years of accessible data

Key sectors

Finance Food & drink Healthcare Impact ventures / Social Impact Life Sciences & Biotech Building & Construction Manufacturing / Advanced Manufacturing Creative, digital, film, games & media Professional services Defence & security Technology & Communications Engineering / Advanced Engineering Transport & Logistics Environmental Science & Technology Farming, fisheries & forestry

Cambridge Cluster Insights (formerly Cambridge Cluster Map) was completely updated in 2019 with new data and a fresh interactive design. It was designed by the University of Cambridge and several entrepreneurs to support scaling businesses in attracting talent, customers and investors from the UK and overseas to companies in Cambridge and 14 neighbouring local authority districts. 

The map uses data from Companies House to show the growth and economic health of the sub-region over time and now includes over 75,000 companies and limited partnerships. Users are free to search individual company data and identify where growth is taking place around them. This allows timely analysis of the current scale, make-up and growth rate of economic activity in the sub-region

Companies in the sub-region continue to grow rapidly. At the last count, the map identified 25,724 Cambridge-based companies with a turnover of £51.3bn (7.2% increase) and employed 257,400 people (up 5.6% in one year). In the wider Cambridge region it highlights 51,000 companies with a combined employment of 505,000 and turnover at 91.5bn.

The tool also provides sector analyses of local business activity such as science-based companies which have a combined turnover of 17.9bn and employ 69,141 people worldwide.

In the past year the map’s data has contributed to a project designed to identify and demonstrate the benefits of the Babraham Research Campus. The impact assessment study was published in June and is being used to inform the future development of the Campus. During Covid-19 the Centre for Business Research used the data to assist local councils in Cambridgeshire and Peterborough provide support to businesses.


Cambridge Cluster Insights: An accurate and accessible source of growth data [Annual Review 2020] website