Ulyanovsk Region Creates Light Industry Cluster "Legkoprom-73"

The agreement was signed at the Fifth Forum for Women Entrepreneurs on 11 March.

The cluster has brought together manufacturers of clothing, textiles and leather items, specialized educational establishments, and financial institutions. The document was signed by representatives of 20 light industry enterprises of the region, Ulyanovsk Institute of Industrial Technologies and Design, Otkritie Bank, the Association of Light Industry and Design Professionals, as well as heads of the Ministry of Economic and Industrial Development and Ulyanovsk Region Agency for Human Potential and Workforce Development.

The cluster will help to address current problems within the industry in a comprehensive way, to develop effective support measures, and to implement new projects of the enterprises.

“One of the important tasks will be to introduce a set of measures to support the Ulyanovsk region's light industry. We started working on this task at the forum and signed an agreement to create a separate cluster for one of the most important sectors of the economy, which involves several thousand women living of the region. The Ulyanovsk region's light industry is a traditional sphere for female entrepreneurs, and it has great potential for development,” said Governor Sergey Morozov.

Currently, more than ten light industry enterprises are working in the Ulyanovsk region. They include both major garment manufactures and small business projects.

According to Ruslan Gainetdinov, Chairman of the Board of Ulyanovsk Region Entrepreneurship Development Corporation, today the industry is experiencing a noticeable shortage of qualified personnel, which slows down the development. That is why the cluster includes educational institutions that will train specialists in line with the needs of Ulyanovsk enterprises. There will also be tours to exchange experience and improve skills of workers. In addition, it is planned to introduce a number of compensations to support regional industry; for example, reimbursement for some expenses connected with purchasing equipment, placing products on marketplaces, and participating in exhibitions and biker tours.

“Light industry is one of the main parts of the Ulyanovsk region's economy. Now we have created a whole cluster, Legkoprom-73, which will also help us solve the problem of qualified personnel shortage. We understand that this issue does exist, businesspeople themselves talk about it. I am sure that our joint efforts will increase competitiveness of the region's light industry and will bring it to a new level that meets all modern trends and requirements,” - commented Marina Alekseeva, First Deputy Chairman of the Government of Ulyanovsk Region.