Media mentions

Cluster: Cambridge in the media

The Cambridge cluster attracts attention from all corners of the world and it regularly features in the national and international media.

Recent coverage

Decoding the Cambridge Entrepreneurial Ecosystem
Blog by Professor Andy Neely, 22 October 2017
"... there is a logic and coherence to the enterprise ecosystem in Cambridge that is easy to explain and understand. What makes the enterprise ecosystem work is that this structure exists, yet constantly evolves," writes Andy Neely, Pro-Vice-Chancellor: Enterprise and Business Relations and former Head of the Institute for Manufacturing at Cambridge University.

The alt city guide to Cambridge
The Guardian, 10 October 2017
Cambridge’s food, drink, music and arts scenes are thriving, with an underground ethic energised more by town than gown...

DNA start-ups attract cash from venture funds
Financial Times, 25 September 2017
An English stately home surrounded by a wetlands nature reserve in rural Cambridgeshire is an unlikely setting for cutting-edge advances in genomics. Yet scientists at the Wellcome Trust Genome Campus, built around 18th-century Hinxton Hall, are responsible for some of the biggest genetic discoveries of the past century...

20 great things Cambridge has given the world
Cambridge News, 29 July 2017
From Charles Darwin to inventing the rules of football, our city has given the world some greats...

Cambridge Takes Top Spot In City Economic Growth League Table
Irwin Mitchell, 17 July 2017
Cambridge has overtaken Milton Keynes to become the fastest growing city economy in the UK, according to the latest study by law firm Irwin Mitchell. The UK Powerhouse report, which is produced with the Centre for Economics and Business Research (Cebr), provides a quarterly estimate of GVA* and job creation within 45 UK cities 12 months ahead of the Government’s official figures.

The Shiniest Golden Vertice? 15 Great Biotechs in Cambridge
Labiotech, 30th January 2017
Cambridge’s image is tied to its Hogwarts-like University and Nobel-hoarding academia, but there’s also an exciting entrepreneurial scene at the cutting edge of technology. We took a look at how big biotech is in the Silicon Fen.

Latest data from Cambridge Ahead shows unabated growth of Cambridge companies
Cambridge Network, 24 January 2017
New data shows that the remarkable growth of Cambridge companies that was revealed for 2014-15 continued in 2015-16.

Cambridge tops league for UK economic growth prospects
Lambert Smith Hampton, 10 January 2017
Cambridge is harnessing its global reputation as a hub of scientific excellence and continues to attract significant inward investment – giving it the best prospects for economic growth of any UK city outside London - according to Lambert Smith Hampton's (LSH) UK Vitality Index 2017.

Over £500m investment made in life-science companies located at the Babraham Research Campus
Cambridge Network, 30 November 2016
The recent announcement from Kymab on the closing of $100M investment series ‘C’ funding brings the total amount of investment raised by companies located on the Babraham Research Campus over the past two years, to be in excess of £0.5 Billion.

Cambridge ‘most vibrant’ and entrepreneurial place to live in England
Startups.co.uk, 16th November 2016
Cambridge, Oxford and Richmond upon Thames are the “most vibrant” places to live in England because they strike a good balance between economic growth, social equality and sustainability, a new index from Grant Thornton UK LLP suggests today.

Land of the Pi People: England’s Bold Attempt to Revive Its Tech Industry
Bloomberg Business Week, 28th September 2016
Once a computing pioneer, England has struggled to remain relevant in tech. Now, thanks to a handful of booming products, a revival appears to be on the way.

Celebrate Cambridge: high time for life sciences
Cambridge News  28th September 2016
Not so very long ago “tech" in Cambridge automatically equated with “high", but biotech or life sciences steal the limelight these days.

Cambridge’s Tech Hub Generates Successes and Growing Pains
The Wall Street Journal 6th August 2016 (subscription)
After a long push inspired by Silicon Valley, this centuries-old college town has taken on a new role as a modern, tech-industry hub.

Spotlight on … tech in the East of England
Tech City News 3rd August 2016
...In recent years, East Anglia has carved itself a niche as a successful tech hotspot in close proximity to London. Those who live and work in the region are all too aware of its credentials as the perfect environment for tech to flourish.

Oxford and Cambridge urged to collaborate in the discovery of new medicines
Cambridge Network 22nd July 2016
When it comes to discovering new medicines for diseases such as cancer, diabetes and dementia, the Oxford and Cambridge clusters should collaborate rather than compete - that’s the message emerging from a major study just published by Bidwells into the biomedical industries centred around the two cities.

Cambridge seeks staying power to compete with Silicon Valley
FT.com 19th July 2016 (subscription)
When Cambridge’s life science and technology luminaries gathered for an event at Trinity Hall college on Monday evening, guests only wanted to talk about two things: Brexit and Arm Holdings.

Japanese agree $31bn ARM acquisition
Business Weekly, 18th July 2016
Cambridge’s greatest ever technology business – chip architect ARM Holdings – is reportedly being sold to the Japanese for $31 billion (£23.4bn) – the largest deal in the UK cluster’s history by some distance and the biggest in European technology annals.

Growth Commission sets out economic vision for the region
London-Stansted-Cambridge Corridor 14th July 2016
Establishing Europe’s leading high-tech region in Eastern England would create at least 10 new ‘unicorns’, new firms reaching valuations above US $1 billion, and generate nearly 1m additional jobs, according to a Growth Commission report.

Study says Cambridge is the best place to work in the UK
Cambridge Network, 14th July 2016
People here already know it, but now Cambridge has been confirmed as the top place to work in the country, according to a new study carried out by employment site Glassdoor.

Location, location: the secret Cambridge success story
Cambridge Network, 1st June 2016
The influence of Cambridge as a powerhouse for innovation has been underestimated, according to the new book The Cambridge Phenomenon: Global Impact.

Cambridge and Oxford biopharma clusters: research findings published
Bidwells, 31st May 2016
A major piece of research, which involved a comprehensive analysis of the biopharma clusters in Cambridge and Oxford, has just been completed.

Video showing Venturefest East
Cambridge TV, 24th May 2016

East of England attracts 40% more foreign direct investment
Cambridge Network,  24th May 2016
According to the EY 2015 UK Attractiveness Survey, the East of England recorded 21 foreign direct investment (FDI) projects in 2015, which is an increase of 40% on 2014 when the region attracted 15 projects. This represents the strongest performance seen in the region since 2008.

‘Cranebridge’ – innovation raises city to new heights
Cambridge Network, 17th May 2016
Cambridge is towering ahead in the development stakes, with 50 cranes spread across the city. An active development review undertaken by property consultants Bidwells highlights the staggering growth currently shaping the city.

Creation of the Cambridge phenomenon
The Australian, 25th April 2016
Fifty years ago Cambridge was a sleepy city with a world-class university. Today it is a hub of business innovation, with thousands of knowledge-based companies ...

Cambridge cluster seeks next generation of finance
Global Capital, 23rd March 2016
The gaggle of technology firms around Cambridge is leading the UK's fintech efforts - and could transform the way that its much bigger brother, the City of London, operates...

Cambridge is one of the UK's most supportive places for High Growth Small Businesses
Cambridge Network, 14th March 2016
The Octopus High Growth Small Business Urban Hub League Table identifies Cambridge as the tenth most High Growth Small Business (HGSB) friendly city in the UK – beating old rival Oxford which ranks 16th.

Let Cambridge guide the way towards an Eastern Powerhouse
CAPX,  4th March 2016
...new figures show that the Cambridge Phenomenon gets more phenomenal by the day.

Where's the best place to start a business?
The Guardian,  29th February 2016
When it comes to startup survival rates, Cambridge is the best town or city in the UK with 49.4% of businesses still going after five years...

Cambridge plays a key role in the UK's digital economy, says new report
Cambridge Network, 11th February 2016
"Cambridge has produced 15 digital tech companies worth over a billion dollars. It is the third most densely populated cluster of digital tech businesses in the UK, and a top ten cluster for digital employment and productivity."

Tech Nation
Tech Nation 2016
A comprehensive analysis of the clusters powering the UK's digital economy.

The Centre for Cities Small Business Outlook 2015: a short film focusing on Cambridge can be seen on YouTube below. 
29th September 2015

 

Getting to Cambridge: The political philosophy of Britain’s most successful city
 The Economist 22nd August 2015
...What began with the creation of business parks to host enterprising dons and their doctoral students in the 1970s has grown into the most exciting technology cluster in Europe.

Watch a video of the Cambridge Innovation Leaders Conference 2015

Silicon Fen: how modern Cambridge became a tech phenomenon
CAPX 28th July 2015
Cambridge is growing faster than China, the city’s workers enjoy average earnings of £40,000-a-year, far higher than elsewhere in the country, and unemployment is one of the lowest...

Is Cambridge the UK's most successful city?
The Telegraph 7th March 2015
Cambridge has become a breeding ground for billion-pound companies, spurred on by a unique culture defined by generosity and 'dogged determination' ...

Oxford v Cambridge: Trailing in its wake
The Economist, 17th January 2015
“Cambridge is at least 20 years ahead of Oxford,” admits Bob Price, the leader of Oxford City Council.

Cambridge vs Tech City: head to head
Tech City News Spring 2015 (courtesy of of Cambridge Ahead)

Older material

Why Cambridge is at the heart of Britain's economic recovery: "New investment and a unique relationship between business and academia is transforming the Silicon Fen," says Margareta Pagano in The Independent - 17th February 2014.

How can anyone say there is "a little less tech luster in Cambridge" right now? "I could not be more excited about the prospects for Cambridge's tech scene... what Cambridge lacks in style it more than makes up for in substance," says Charlie Fletcher of Taylor Vinters LLP in Charlie's Venture Blog   -  2nd February 2014.

Is Cambridge the template for the UK economy?
BBC News, 10th July 2014
...Cambridge... made a great success of merging academic research with entrepreneurship, creating some of the UK's brightest and best new companies.

Cambridge Technopole Report (2013)

Clare Balding's Cambridge: "I lived there for three years when I was at university (at Newnham College). The city’s got it all, but at the same time isn’t too big, plus it has such a lovely feel to it," says the broadcaster Clare Balding in The Telegraph - 2nd November 2012

Hi-tech cluster keeps business booming in Cambridge: 'Supportive culture, talent pool and internationally respected brand helps Silicon Fen thrive despite recession,' says Lizzy Davies in The Guardian - 30th May 2012

 

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