Empowering clusters management in textile and machinery sectors

Last February the CLUSTEM consortium members started their training in Cluster Excellence Management with EFCE. As suggested by the acronym, CLUSTEM aims at empowering CLUSters management and services in TExtile and Machinery sectors. The consortium's philosophy relies on two observations:

  • Clusters are vital for the support of the international competitiveness of European SMEs.
  • Through collaboration, and the sharing of added-value, clusters are an efficient tool for the economic development of regions.

Two months later, after going through the rollercoaster ride of a demanding program combining case-study based classes and practical exercises in strategy formulation, the managers of the 4 clusters - hailing from Italy, Spain, Turkey and the UK - were successfully awarded in Cluster Excellence Management.

Now back to their respective regions for the implementation phase, the partners will have the opportunity to improve the performances of the companies forming their clusters. We wish them success in this endeavor.

A day-visit to understand the many faces of the Textile & Fashion strategy

On Wednesday April 5th EFCE took the CLUSTEM consortium on a day-visit to check from within how the best-in-class retail and fashion companies are competing. In the morning the agenda of the day brought participants to visit a selection of world-class flagship stores on Barcelona's Paseo de Gracia, while in the afternoon, the group travelled up north to Girona to meet with a fast-growing fast-fashion pure player.

The tour focused on two essentials of the Textile and Fashion value chain:

  • How boutiques are thought as customer relationship management tools and how they are organized to maximise client retention and customer lifetime value.
  • How logistics hubs are today the bread and butter of the clothing industry, an industry that relies heavily on the quick response model, whether for value brands or for high-end prêt-à-porter.

The Foundation wishes to thank Montse Sanchez and Antonio Rodriguez Pozo from Talentiam as well as Toni Sieso from Logifashion for their hospitality and insightful contribution. The moments spent in their company were highlights of the day.

5FOREXCELLENCE hosts EFCE in Tallinn

Friday the 13th is always a special date. In Tallinn, it certainly was for the partners of the 5FOREXCELLENCE Consortium as it marked the end of a short program with the Foundation. On the week's dense agenda participants could find an introduction to the use of strategic tools, an expert showcase and a selection of business cases on essential topics such as:

  • Cluster Economics
  • Industry Analysis and Segmentation
  • Value Chain Analysis
  • Benchmarking and Internationalization of SMEs