Keston Technologies Services

Regional Development

Around the world, there is an increasing interest at the government level in concepts such as networking, learning regions and clustering as mechanisms for stimulating innovation and growth (both economic and social). Rather than focusing on individual firm-oriented strategies, these cluster or network-based policies recognise the inter-relationships that exist between firms and industry sectors. Substantial benefits that can accrue to regions and industries by taking this more holistic view and by developing strategy at this higher level of aggregation.

Keston Technologies works with a range of public sector clients to develop and implement regional development strategies that build on these principles in areas such as:

  • Cluster analysis,
  • Economic strategy development,
  • Stakeholder consultation and analysis,
  • Accessing funding,
  • Evaluation of grant funding applications, and
  • Strategic planning

Keston Technologies works with clients in both the private and public sectors in the development of strategic plans, business cases and regional innovation programmes. Relevant assignments in recent years include:

  • Development of the Great Southern Regional Blueprint.
  • Summary reporting on economic diversification strategies for the Western Australian coal town of Collie.
  • Rapporteur for EU Policy Meeting on materials modelling (2014)
  • (2004-2012): Range of innovation-related projects, for example working on the plans for centres of excellence in low carbon technologies, intelligent transport systems, natural resource management and an Innovation Network in Advanced Materials.
  • (2009): Development of the Advanced Materials Solutions Innovation Network in Yorkshire, UK.
  • (2010 – 2017): Strategic planning and business case development for: the University of Western Australia and the University of Sydney.


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