Businesses quickly feeling benefits of BtB growth programmes

Silverstone Technology Cluster

23rd July 2021

Businesses have given a positive reaction to the year-long Be the Business (BtB) growth programmes they have embarked on through the government-backed network’s partnership with the Silverstone Technology Cluster.

The programmes – Advisory Boards, Leadership, Mentoring and Tech Adoption – are available for free to any business in the STC region.

Each aims to provide tailored support to businesses taking part. CLICK HERE for full details.

In just a couple of months, STC members CAE Tech and Partner Electronics have seen immediate benefits.

CAE’s Pete Harman said: “We took on the Advisory Board so that we had external ideas while we work through a transition process aimed at scaling the business and shifting from services to products.

“It has not disappointed – the vast experience and diverse backgrounds of the Board have made for some helpful and interesting discussions already.”

Partner Electronics’ Richard Rydon added: “My Be the Business mentor gives me the chance to discuss my role within my business in a safe and friendly way.

“It really is a great opportunity to challenge my habits and perceptions of how I am doing.

“I’ve met with my mentor three times so far. The ability to talk about business issues and how I react and respond to those issues is great. There are many challenging questions, but these lead to better understanding and, hopefully, more effective solutions.”

And enthused Hiren Gandhi, Partner, Blaser Mills Law: “As a member of Blaser Mills Law’s management board, I signed up to the BtB Advisory Board without any pre-conception or expectation.

“Although we have only held one session so far, I have been impressed by the format. The session was attended by senior individuals from large organisations across a range of sectors and each was able to provide insightful advice around my firm’s current business challenges.

“The discussion was kept fluid, which enabled some of our important issues to come to the surface and some of these will provide the backdrop to our next session.”

Hiren continued: “If you are a growing SME, looking for a sounding board to talk to other business leaders about your own business challenges, then I would recommend talking to the STC about the programmes on offer.”

Meanwhile, Carly Barnes, of Silverstone Park-based Phoenix Sports & Media Group, responded to the STC’s call to sit on one of the Advisory Boards, as an advisor.

Carly said: “I’m delighted to have been invited to offer advice to businesses in the cluster as part of the BtB growth programmes. I’ve been extremely fortunate that both companies involved have been involved in the motorsport sector – where I have both personal interest and career experience.

“Our panel of advisors come from a variety of different sectors and backgrounds and we have hopefully provided valuable advice to the companies involved.

“It’s been personally rewarding for me to give back to industry and also proven a source of valuable connections with direct business opportunity having been provided through the programmes.”



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