About
Advisory Group
  • Sherry Coutu (Chair)
  • Andy Richards (serial entrepreneur)
  • Anne Dobree (Cambridge Enterprise)
  • Bill Parsons (Arm)
  • Professor Sir Leszek Borysiewicz (University of Cambridge)
  • Charles Armstrong (Trampoline Systems)
  • Claire Ruskin (Cambridge Network)
  • Christoph Loch (Judge Business School)
  • David Cleevely (serial entrepreneur)
  • Elizabeth Garnsey (University of Cambridge)
  • Harriet Fear (One-Nucleos)
  • Hermann Hauser (serial entrepreneur)
  • Jonathan Milner (Abcam)
  • Lynn Gladden (University of Cambridge)
  • Mike Lynch (Autonomy)
  • Sir Michael Marshall (Marshalls)
  • Tim Minshall (University of Cambridge)
  • Tony Quested (Business Weekly)
  • Warren East (ARM)

Cambridge Cluster Map is a free-to-access online service brought into being by Cambridge University and leading figures from the area’s technology community, in the form of the Cambridge 2 You initiative.

The Map is designed to open the Cambridge technology cluster to the world. Through visualisations, reports and directories the Map paints a vivid picture of the business community that’s grown up over forty years. The Map reveals a thriving region whose technology industry contributes £11.8 billion to the UK economy each year and employs 51,000 people.

Detailed revenue data enables businesses anywhere in the world to identify fast-rising companies as suppliers or partners. The platform’s integration with LinkedIn allows each individual user to discover contacts in Cambridge. Reporting on rates of employee growth helps talented recruits identify the companies that are hiring fastest.

Cambridge Cluster Map demonstrates how “big data” techniques can be applied to provide sophisticated insight for an entire business community. We hope you find the website useful.

FAQ
What area is covered by the map?
The map includes businesses in an area spanning the following postal districts: CB, SG, PE, IP, CO or CM. The boundary was decided by the Advisory Group listed at the top of this page.
Some company revenue figures are marked as “estimated”. How does this work?
If no revenue data is available from Companies House a value is estimated by looking at the amount of money owed by customers to the business (Trade Debtors), and the average time it takes the company to collect on these invoices (Debtor Days). Since the invoice includes VAT, the actual money received (turnover) should be considered net of the 20% VAT rate. (Trade Debtors ÷ Adjustment for VAT) × (Days in Year ÷ Debtor Days)
I’ve found a company with incorrect information. What should I do?
Please help us improve the accuracy of the dataset by correcting the information. Click the “Edit details” button on the company’s profile page and add the correct details in the form that appears.
What happens to new companies and updated details submitted from the website?
All submissions are batched for checking by researchers before going live on the map. Please allow two weeks for your changes to go live. If we have any questions we will get in touch with you by email.
Do you want to hear ideas for new functionality or data that would make the map more useful?
Yes please! Send us an email by clicking the “Contact us” link at the top of the page.
Are further releases being planned?
Additional data and functionality will be added in the future in as needed by the Cambridge community.
Methodology

Here’s how the Cambridge Cluster Map dataset was compiled.

  1. An archive of Companies House data for 40,000 businesses in the target area was retrieved via Duedil. This dataset includes revenue, employees, directors, SIC code, registered address, trading address and formation date.
  2. Information from other Data Partners was automatically matched against the Companies House dataset.
  3. Companies that could not be matched automatically were passed to researchers for manual matching.
  4. SIC codes were mapped to the sector schema devised by Elizabeth Garnsey at Cambridge University Institute for Manufacturing.
  5. Growth rates for revenue and employees were calculated for each company.
  6. Tags were applied to each company reflecting their sector, partner datasets in which they featured.
  7. A set of sub-datasets was created based on the tags.
  8. A network graph spanning the dataset was generated linking companies with the same Directors on their boards.
  9. Twitter feeds for all companies with associated accounts are imported hour by hour and a graph of one-directional and bi-directional mentions is constantly updated.
  10. For users signed in with LinkedIn searches are made via API for first and second degree contacts at each company.
  11. Periodic updates are pulled from all Data Providers, via an API where available, so fresh data continues to flow into the platform and the information remains up to date.
Founding Partners

Abcam plc is an English biotech company based in the Cambridge Science Park in Cambridge, with offices in Boston MA, San Francisco, Hong Kong and Tokyo. The premise of the company was incubated from a laboratory in the University of Cambridge, UK in 1998. The principal founder Jonathan Milner was working as a Post-Doctoral researcher studying the newly discovered breast cancer protein BRCA2 in Professor Tony Kouzarides' laboratory. The project slowed because of problems finding quality antibody reagents that had honest and up to date information about their uses and limitations. This scenario provided the motivation to form an on-line service, that would help themselves and researchers across the globe.

ARM Holdings plc (LSE: ARM, NASDAQ: ARMH) is a British multinational semiconductor and software design company headquartered in Cambridge,England. Its largest business is in processors, although it also designs software development tools under the RealView and Keil brands, systems and platforms, system-on-a-chip infrastructure and software. It is considered to be market dominant in the field of mobile phone chips and is arguably the best-known of the 'Silicon Fen' companies.[5] The company was founded as Advanced RISC Machines, ARM, a joint venture between Acorn Computers, Apple Computer (now Apple Inc.) and VLSI Technology. The new company intended to further the development of the Acorn RISC Machine's RISC chip, which was originally used in the Acorn Archimedes and had been selected by Apple for their Newton project. The design was flexible and is now the processing core for many custom application-specific integrated circuits. ARM Holdings has a primary listing on the London Stock Exchange and is a constituent of the FTSE 100 Index. It has a secondary listing on NASDAQ.

Cambridge Healthcare is a venture funded and internationally award winning healthcare startup, based in Cambridge, Beijing and London. Winner of the Institute of Engineering and Technology Innovation Award for best IT Technology and HealthInvestor Award for IT innovator of the year. Cambridge Healthcare Asia-Pacific has begun an exclusive licensing agreement that will see its technology adopted in China by the largest consumer website, Sina.com. With more than 500 million registered users Sina has more than a third of China’s population.

Founded in 1909, the Marshall Group now has an annual turnover in excess of £1 billion and nearly 4,500 employees. Headquartered on an 800 acre site in Cambridge, UK, the Group operates worldwide in the fields of aerospace, military land systems and fleet management; together with a network of 67 franchised automotive dealerships in the UK. The Marshall companies have been involved in aerospace engineering since the early 20th Century. Marshall Aerospace is part of the Marshall Group which also has interests in special and military vehicles, fleet management and motor retail.

The National Endowment for Science, Technology and the Arts (NESTA) is an independent endowment in the United Kingdom established by an Act of Parliament in 1998. The company acts through a combination of practical programmes, early stage investment, research and policy, and the formation of partnerships to foster innovation and deliver radical new ideas. Funded by a £250 million endowment from the UK National Lottery, NESTA uses the interest from that endowment to fund and support its projects.

Silicon Valley comes to the UK is a not-for-profit volunteer led student run series of events designed to improve the ecosystem for entrepreneurship in the UK. see

Trampoline Systems is a specialist in software for real-time network analytics. The company’s founders Charles Armstrong (CEO) and Craig McMillan (CTO) are graduates of St John’s College Cambridge; the former in Music & SPS, the latter in Engineering & Computer Science. Trampoline was one of the first software businesses to set up in London’s Shoreditch district and the company has played an active role in developing the Tech City innovation cluster. Trampoline was the world’s first technology venture to secure finance through equity crowdfunding. The company’s Tech City Map project, launched by Rt Hon David Cameron in November 2011, provides a real-time analysis of social network links among 1,300 companies in East London. Version 2.0 of the Cluster Map platform which powers the website was launched with this website, the Cambridge Cluster Map.

The University of Cambridge is one of the world's oldest universities and leading academic centres, and a self-governed community of scholars. Cambridge comprises 31 Colleges and over 150 departments, faculties, schools and other institutions.

UK Trade & Investment (UKTI) works with UK-based businesses to ensure their success in international markets, and encourage the best overseas companies to look to the UK as their global partner of choice.

UKTI has a customer commitment to helping its UK and international customers by providing a range of services, to a high standard and improve customer service by listening to customer feedback.

We also have a co-ordination role across government to establish a more systematic approach to relationships with companies which are the most economically significant investors and exporters.

Data Partners

The Cambridge Angels are a group of high-net worth investors who have proven experience as successful entrepreneurs in internet, software, technology and bio-technology. Members invest in and mentor high quality start-up and early-stage companies in these sectors in the Cambridge (UK) area and throughout the UK. Our Members have been responsible for a large number of the “Cambridge Phenomenon” success stories over recent years. Therefore, in addition to providing funding for early-stage companies, the Cambridge Angels also offer start-ups the considerable benefit of a wide range of expertise, contacts and directly relevant experience in establishing and growing entrepreneurial businesses successfully.

Cambridge Cleantech seeks to establish Cambridge as a leading cleantech community in Europe. We will achieve this through our mission of enhancing the area's global competitiveness by co-ordinating, supporting and promoting commercial opportunities for our members. With the worldwide reputation of Cambridge as a source of technology innovation, already some 500 earlier-stage innovators in the vicinity and more established environmental businesses around Peterborough, this area is a natural home for joined-up clustering and self-support.

Cambridge Enterprise Limited was formed on 1st December 2006 as a wholly owned subsidiary of the University of Cambridge. It is responsible for commercialisation arrangements for University discoveries.

Cambridge Network is a membership organisation based in the vibrant high technology cluster of Cambridge, UK. We bring people together - from business and academia - to meet each other and share ideas, encouraging collaboration and partnership for shared success. The Cambridge Network was founded in 1998 by an influential group comprising the then Vice-Chancellor of the University of Cambridge, now Lord Broers, with businessmen and entrepreneurs Hermann Hauser, David Cleevely, Nigel Brown, Fred Hallsworth, and Anthony Ross then head of 3i Cambridge.

The Computer Laboratory is an academic department within the University of Cambridge that encompasses Computer Science, along with many aspects of Engineering, Technology and Mathematics. It consists of 36 full-time academic staff, 25 support staff, 7 research fellows, 42 post-doctoral research workers and 154 PhD students.

Working closely with high tech companies, small and large, Dr Garnsey has experience on the university-industry interface, on support for new business in incubation centres and science parks and on acquisition by and joint ventures with larger corporations. She has been monitoring the progress of high tech firms in Cambridge since 1988 and was a founder and academic organiser of the first Cambridge Enterprise Conferences. She was seconded to St John’s Innovation Centre as an advisor and researcher 2000-2002. She has been advisor to the Bank of England, the Treasury and the Confederation of British Industry on high tech enterprise and an Expert Witness to Parliamentary committees. She has worked on the Shell Springboard Programme for young environmental companies. Her research on Daylight Saving has been cited in Parliament. She is a member of the Board of Trustees of Camfed. In 2011 she was a Visiting Professor at the National University of Singapore (NUS) and is engaged in on-going work with NUS colleagues.

Cambridge Wireless brings together over 300 companies with expertise in wireless technologies and networks through a range of events and networking opportunities. It provides members with a forum where they can learn about recent developments, debate key topics of importance to the industry, network with leading individuals as well as recruit highly skilled individuals and promote their organisations. Its major events include the annual Future of Wireless conference, 4 Founders’ dinners where around 200 members meet at selected Cambridge colleges and a wide range of conferences organised by special interest groups. Since its inception Cambridge Wireless has grown steadily to become the pre-eminent membership organisation for those involved in the wireless industry.

Duedil is the best way to look up information on companies and directors in the UK and Ireland. We’ve brought together millions of public records, digitised them, connected them and published them on our site. We bring you 20 years of financial history, contact information, full corporate structures, director timelines, litigations, and much more. Duedil was launched in April 2011 by entrepreneur Damian Kimmelman. His idea was to open up company information in order to foster trust in business relationships. Duedil is funded by investors who believe in our mission. They include Passion Capital, Federico Pirzio-Biroli, and Jonty Hurwitz, Wonga’s co-founder.

LinkedIn (NYSE: LNKD) is a social networking website for people in professional occupations. Founded in December 2002 and launched on May 5, 2003, it is mainly used for professional networking. As of June 2012, LinkedIn reports more than 175 million registered users in more than 200 countries and territories.

One Nucleus is a membership organisation for international life science and healthcare companies. We are based in Cambridge and London UK, the heart of Europe’s largest life science and healthcare cluster. Established in 1997, and formerly known as ERBI, One Nucleus is a not-for-profit, membership organisation and located in Cambridge and London – the centre of Europe’s leading life science and healthcare cluster. More than 500 members include pharmaceutical, biotech, medical device and diagnostic companies and associated technical and commercial service providers. One Nucleus’s mission is to maximise the global competitiveness of our members. For our science and technology-based members, that means being global leaders in the research, development and commercialisation of healthcare innovations that radically improve the quality of people’s lives around the world. For our business and professional services members, it means delivering exceptional services that significantly enhance the business performance of their clients.

Startup Intelligence is a business intelligence platform giving investors and corporations a comprehensive, real-time global view of emerging technology businesses. In a world where growth companies re-shape markets in a matter of months rather than years, traditional bottom-up business intelligence is too slow to give companies the edge they need to compete.

Venture Valuation specializes in independent assessment and valuation of technology-driven companies in growth industries, such as the Life Sciences (Biotech, Pharma, Medtech), ICT, high-tech, Nanotech, Cleantech and Renewable energy. In addition to valuation products, Venture Valuation offers high-quality, focused information services. Through our focus and unique position, we strive to fulfill and surpass our customer needs and add value to the partnership. Clients include investors, companies and development agencies.

Media Partners

Business Weekly is a one-stop online resource for inside track news on the hottest business sectors and tech segments in Cambridge and the East of England – and the companies set to make their world mark via our Killer50 and Ones2Watch sections.

Development team
Charles Armstrong Project Director
Craig McMillan Technical Director
Scott Millar Project Management
James Allsopp User Interface Design
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