Strengthening the local SME Supply Chain
NEPIC’s Industry Leadership Strategically Committed the Cluster to help develop local SMEs by mentoring them into new business within the Process Industry Supply Chain. Over a 3 year period NEPIC organised the mentoring of 423 SMEs utilising 200 executives from 2nd tier & top tier industries in its region. At the end of the 3 years the 423 SMEs involved reported that they had added more than £40m of new business and 980 jobs.
Internationalisation brings Local Growth
Recognising that India has been undergoing more than 7% expansion per annum in its chemical industry, NEPIC has focused its trade and investment activity there. Since 2005 NEPIC has become the International Partner of the Indian Chemical Council (ICC) assisting in the organisation the ICC Annual Outlook Conference to which NEPIC takes 10-20 Member and other EU delegates each year. NEPIC members report many new business opportunities. Typical of these are HGF limited which reports “Since becoming involved with NEPIC the market penetration of HGF in India has accelerated substantially relative to where it would have been had we undertaken our marketing activities independently. We consider that we have potentially gained several years advantage by benefitting from NEPIC’s advice in India.” Similarly water technology company Catalysystems “We were introduced to strategic partners in India through NEPIC”.
NEPIC Leads Successful FP7 Study of Industrial parks - LOCIMAP
15 EU partner organisations worked with NEPIC, LOCIMAP project leaders, to study the symbiotic opportunities to improve the efficiency and reduce the carbon footprint of the EU’s Industrial Parks. The Project was successful, demonstrating that through a focus on integration the EU could meet its carbon reduction commitments. The project produced 5 EU White Papers discussing the output of FP7-Funded Low Carbon Industrial Manufacturing Parks Project (LOCIMAP). Industrial symbiosis has gained widespread recognition as the best practice delivering win-win solutions for business and the environment, requiring collaboration between two or more companies to exploit each other's surplus materials and energy which can often go unused.
Measurement Key to demonstration that Cluster Work Adds Significant Gross Value Add to the Local Economy
Since its inception NEPIC has assiduously kept records of its interactions with companies. Whether it is an individual company project or publically funded business support programme to multiple companies, NEPIC always insists on the companies receiving its assistance reporting back on the economic impact of its input. These records, which have been third party audited on several occasions, now show that the Cluster has helped Companies in its Cluster add 5033 jobs which is worth more than £5Billion of GVA to its local economy.