Formed by YCF Limited, the acclaimed non-profit membership organisation for the process industries, this cluster will serve the people, communities, university academics and business development leaders in the industry. Dr Gillian Westgate, Chair of CCUK said, “building upon our previous work in this area, as well as the desire to offer something sector specific to this industry, we feel the time is right now to embark upon such a project”.
Clustering as a concept in our industry, has been very successfully introduced in France with Cosmetics ValleyTM. This is a network of networks, in which sponsors and beneficiaries work together with innovation, competitiveness and job creation as its major outputs. Cosmetic Valley receives government backing and the ‘Valley’ is a magnet for industry and academia. See http://www.cosmetic-valley.com. We do not have ambitions to replicate this vast organisation, however, to adopt some of the concepts of a member based network with ready access to local information, people, training, funding and potential development partners.
The vision is that CCUK will reach out to the increasing number of organisations in the Yorkshire and Humber region and nationally, whose interests lie in the various aspects of personal care or cosmetic products research, development and manufacture, including those that offer health care routes to anti-ageing and those involved in personal care products testing. The Cluster concept will also facilitate networking into other organisations such as trade bodies, societies, University specialist centres to evolve a ‘network of networks’ as well as working directly with companies and their people.
"It really is an exciting time to be a part of such a group, YCF have vast experience in organising sector specific groups, come along and see for yourself what a difference such a group can make"
Lisa Buck, Operations Manager
There are over 70 delegates signed up to attend the launch meeting, which will take place on the 8th June at the University of Bradford. Sean McDonagh, from Siemens UK, who is sponsoring the event, said “Siemens have been a long term supporter of YCF & its sector cluster concept. The networking and information share between members is a real tangible benefit to the membership, and the new Cosmetics Cluster is an exciting development. Siemens are at the forefront of digitisation in manufacturing, offering technologies and services to help the cosmetic and personal care sectors sustain and grow their own market share. We look forward to engaging with this new cluster and opening dialogue with new members”.
At the event delegates will be able to help form and shape CCUK strategic priorities and inform the group of their needs, wants and challenges to enable the cluster to provide tangible benefits and growth opportunities to personal care and cosmetic companies in the UK. Lisa Buck, Operations Manager said “It really is an exciting time to be a part of such a group, YCF have vast experience in organising sector specific groups, come along and see for yourself what a difference such a group can make, to not only the industry we work in, but to individual companies too. We have several industry experts for you to talk to and we are ready to hear your thoughts on what you would like the group to do, for you”.
To register and for further information, visit www.ycf.org.uk/cosmetic-cluster-launch
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