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.

Access the Cambridge Cluster Map here.

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 created the Cluster Map having 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 covers all economic sectors.

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 allows us to 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.

Who is the map for?

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. 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.


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 us by submitting a message.

Background and supporting information, such as the methodology behind the cluster map data and summary tables is available hereAs third-party research becomes available, it will be posted on this page and thus be publicly-available.

Contact Us

Please contact us regarding the following:

  1. To enable companies to request any corrections or updates to the data held on them*.
  2. To enable researchers from academia to request access to the raw data for research purposes.

Academic researchers will be expected to sign an accreditation agreement which will include sharing your research with the Centre for Business Research and it may be published on this website. Unfortunately, non-academics cannot be given access to the data.

*Please note that corrections cannot be implemented immediately and will happen upon every scheduled upload to the Cluster Map. These are planned every 3 months.

Our Supporters

Thank you to the following organisations for supporting the Cambridge Cluster Map:

01223 653023


Sarah Brereton, Director, Limewash
01223 813 557

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