“100 membership reveals demand for STC”

Silverstone Technology Cluster

4th September 2019

Silverstone Technology Cluster has broken through the ‘100 members’ barrier although CEO Pim van Baarsen says “a tremendous renewal rate” has made him just as proud.

As of August 28th, the total number of member businesses was 105.

A breakdown shows that there is a healthy mix of technology-led businesses:

  • 21% are software experts
  • 18% offer complete engineering solutions
  • 16% provide engineering services
  • 14% are innovation and research specialists
  • 11% offer design, simulation and modelling expertise

In addition, various other business expertise is represented including electronics, additive manufacturing and composites.

Pim commented: “We are delighted to achieve this figure essentially within two and a half years since we started with zero.

“It is testament to the demand for an organisation like STC was there and also that people can see real value in it.

“We’ve got a tremendous renewal rate which for me is perhaps even more positive. People are keen to continue to be a part of this – that is a really powerful statement.”

He added: “We do like to be members’ driven and take their feedback seriously to help shape and evolve the STC.

“But it’s not just about volume – the sheer variety of businesses has also been very interesting and refreshing. “However we never rest on our laurels and now we look ahead to reaching 200 members.”

Pim also confirmed there is currently a ‘waiting list’ of professional service business to become members.

“We try to work to a ratio of 3:1 – so one professional service provider to every three tech companies,” he explained.

“Service providers such as those in law, finance and marketing add a lot of value, but technology companies and those working in tech are our focus… “The STC was after all set up originally to serve the several thousand tech businesses in the region so that has to be our number one goal.”

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