On the 7/11/2014 SPCleantech participated in a consultative meeting organized by the Polish Agency for Enterprise Development. The event took place in Katowice. People with different background participated in the meeting: coordinators, representatives, members of the clusters, in particular, entrepreneurs, experts, partners, representatives of institutions responsible for cluster policy at central and regional level. The meeting consisted of several workshops for the participants.
PARP work intensively on developing national standards for cluster management. Improving the quality of cluster management is one of the main priorities for the development of clusters in Poland in the coming years. For excellence in cluster management also puts the European Commission.
Experience and numerous studies have shown that a key factora in the success of cluster development are:
- Excellence in management
- ie. Professionalisation of cluster management
- The term development strategy and its effective implementation and quality services coordinator for the cluster members
Using existing knowledge about cluster management, systems assessment and analysis of the best practices of the cluster in the country and abroad there are also being developed standards that will be an effective tool for coordinators to improve the cluster management process. Standards can be used in the new financial perspective in the context of different instruments targeted to support clusters, both at regional and central level. Different types of institutions providing educational services, training or consulting will be able to turn the development of competence standard-based cluster management to its portfolio.
Proposed standards in the first place will be subject to wide public consultation. PARP will provide material for the Innovation Portal and also organize 4 meetings in various Polish cities. Parallel testing standards will be conducted in selected 13 clusters across the country. In this way, there will be collected feedback for possible changes and additions from the main stakeholders, ie. the coordinators and members of the cluster.