Recently, the Malta Hotels & Restaurants Association (MHRA) was awarded the “Cluster Management Excellence Label BRONZE – Striving for Cluster Excellence”. This label demonstrates the MHRA’s interest in cluster excellence which is reflected through its participation in the ESCA benchmarking exercise. All cluster management organisations that participate in such a benchmarking exercise carried out by ESCA receive this label.
The European Secretariat for Cluster Analysis (ESCA) was established to offer practical advice to cluster management organizations. Today, ESCA is a network of cluster experts from 27 countries.
Clusters are complex and dynamic structures that are subject to continuous change. Strong clusters can promote economic growth through leveraging the innovation and business potential of a region. In this context ESCA offers services in two areas:
- ESCA promotes cluster management excellence through benchmarking and quality labelling of clusters and cluster management organizations. ESCA has been mandated by the European Cluster Excellence Initiative (ECEI) to organise the assessment process.
- ESCA supportscluster policy makers and programme owners with advice on cluster programme development.
The benchmarking activities of ESCA are well recognised by many cluster policy stakeholders throughout Europe, who have integrated approaches toward cluster management excellence into their policies and programmes.