Be the Business extends STC business growth partnership with support from Hexagon

Silverstone Technology Cluster

15th February 2022

Government backed business advice organisation Be the Business has renewed its partnership with the Silverstone Technology Cluster (STC) for a second year, offering members and other companies from the region free specialist support.

Currently, places are being offered to micro businesses and SMEs for management and staff to receive one-to-one specialist advice as ‘mentees’, part of Be the Business’s Mentoring programme.

Be the Business’s network of mentors, with whom mentees are matched, includes senior figures from large corporations including Amazon, BAE Systems, John Lewis Partnership and Rolls Royce, to name but a few.

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There will also be more opportunities in the coming months for businesses to join Be the Business’ Boards programme.

The programme provides businesses with their own advisory board, whilst experienced business owners can also volunteer to become a board member.

Both programmes as well as the STC’s business growth webinars will be supported in 2022 by Board member Hexagon Manufacturing Intelligence (HMI).

STC CEO Pim van Baarsen commented: “We are delighted to be working again with Be the Business.

“The relationship really started to thrive in Year 1, with many businesses reporting how beneficial signing up had been for them – particularly with the extra strains and even doubts brought on by the Covid situation.

“In fact, more than 40 businesses benefited from the shared experience and guidance being offered by the mentoring and advisory boards programmes which, as the feedback shows, proved ‘empowering’ for individuals.

“We also thank Hexagon for their terrific support in being able to provide these programmes in 2022.”

David Brown, General Manager, HMI, said: “The Be the Business programmes being offered to small and medium enterprises in the STC region resonate with all of us on the STC Board, and they certainly align with Hexagon’s values.

“We passionately believe in supporting smaller businesses, whether it be making our world-class metrology facilities more accessible to them, providing training for their staff or creating potential new opportunities to collaborate with like-minded businesses at our industry networking events.

“I would advise businesses with growth ambitions or simply in need of pointing in the right direction to seriously consider the Be the Business mentoring and/or advisory board programmes.”

Be the Business’s Acting Head of Leadership and Management Programmes Sheena McDermott enthused: “Giving small- and medium-sized businesses the hands-on support they need to grow and thrive is something we’re passionate about.

“We know that leaders are busy and focused on the workings of their business, which is why our Mentoring and Boards programmes are invaluable in providing a sounding board to offer different perspectives on challenges and opportunities.

“We have big ambitions for how many more business leaders we can help in 2022 thanks to our ongoing partnership with STC.”


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