About the Cambridge Cluster Map

The Cambridge Cluster Map is a big data resource highlighting the data on the cluster of businesses located within 20 miles of Cambridge, UK. It is a free-to-access online resource created by Cambridge Ahead and shows the vibrancy of the Cambridge technology and life science cluster. Visit www.camclustermap.com

About the Cambridge Cluster Map

The Purpose of the Cluster Map

The purpose of the Cambridge Cluster Map is to provide an accurate and accessible source of growth data that:

  • Shows the growth of the sub-region over time much better than before and reveals the true extent of the success of the ‘Cambridge Phenomenon’.
  • Supports representations made to Government for increased investment.
  • Enables the city to highlight the attractiveness of Cambridge to potential international inward investors.
  • Allows businesses and individuals to examine individual company data as well as identify where growth is taking place around them.

Our Partner, Barclays

We have chosen to partner with Barclays on the Cluster Map as they have a longstanding history in Cambridge and a strong track record in supporting scale up businesses. Barclays are well placed to support ambitious businesses and their founders at all stages of growth.

In partnership wth BarclaysBarclays is a transatlantic consumer, corporate and investment bank offering products and services across personal, corporate and investment banking, credit cards and wealth management, with a strong presence in our two home markets of the UK and the US.

With over 325 years of history and expertise in banking, Barclays operates in over 40 countries and employs approximately 130,000 people. Barclays moves, lends, invests and protects money for customers and clients worldwide.

We would also like to thank our supporters.

About the research and data

The underlying research has been provided by the Centre for Business Research (CBR) of the University of Cambridge and business data has been sourced from the FAME database produced by Bureau Van Dijk. Platform and mapping analytics have been created by Trampoline Systems.

Cambridge Ahead has created this Cluster Map now because we have been able to draw together accurate financial data covering the full range of Cambridge companies, both those based in Cambridge, and those trading in it. Find out how we define them and the company data provided. The map is also different from previous versions because the data and the map presentation of it is not just for the Tech sector, but for all the other economic sectors too.

Grab of Dr Andy Cosh in the Cambridge TV studio

View a 12-minute interview of Dr Andy Cosh of the CBR by Cambridge TV on the subject of the Cluster Map.

We cannot yet claim that the data covers the entire economy of Cambridge, because the company employment data is for the Cambridge companies’ global employment and we do not have data for sole traders, some elements of the public sector, and for employees of national and international companies with trading and research offices in Cambridge.

Nevertheless, the growth trends over several years are strong indicators of the whole sub-regional economy’s growth and we expect to add further data later that may enable this claim to be made. The data will be updated at least annually.

The data means that we can show the growth and economic health of the sub-region over time much better than before. We now have real and detailed evidence that Cambridge companies have grown very rapidly in the past 4 years. Importantly, this growth does not include data on ‘incomers’ to the city, such as AstraZeneca.

The source, methodology and granular nature of the data means that the map will be of interest to a wide audience, from individual companies in Cambridge, to economics researchers, through to international organisations which might be doing a global search for new locations or acquisitions. There are 5 years of data, for which we are showing 4 years of growth.

The map enables the data to be shown in sectoral, geographic, chart and other formats. The data for individual companies includes postcode, business sector, turnover, employment level, and directors.

Amending the data
If companies wish to amend or update data held on them, they can do so via this form.


Academic researchers who wish to delve deeper into the data can do so by gaining accreditation from The Centre for Business Research (CBR). You will be expected to sign an accreditation agreement which will mandate sharing your research with The Centre for Business Research. Once accredited, you will be able to access and download the data for further interrogation. In order to gain accreditation, please contact Dr Andy Cosh by completing this form.

A page for academic researchers has been set up where there is background and supporting information such as the methodology behind the cluster map data and summary tables. As third-party research becomes available, it will be posted on this page and thus be publicly-available.

Our Supporters

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