“This is exactly what we need” tech community tells introductory meetings

Silverstone Technology Cluster

7th October 2017

MPs Andrea Leadsom and Andrew Lewer as well engineering companies and business funding networks have received valuable insights into the Silverstone Technology Cluster in recent months via a series of special introductory meetings.

Mrs Leadsom and Mr Lewer, MPs for South Northants and Northampton South respectively, were brought up to speed at a breakfast meeting with Barclays Relationship Director Stephen Henson and STC CEO Pim van Baarsen.

Pim commented: “It was good to brief the MPs and make them aware of what is happening in the Cluster, but especially to have them appreciate the great work and innovation that is going on and how valuable this is for UK PLC.

Stephen added: “It was clear that they appreciated learning about the Cluster and it was great to engage both MPs in this manner. They are enthusiastic about what we are doing here, which is fantastic to see.”

Meanwhile ‘exporting’ and ‘signposting’ were two common threads to come out of five further introductory meetings held for tech companies within the Cluster. Other bodies such as Business Growth Fund and Growthdeck have also attended.

The events took place at advanced engineering business KW Special Projects in Brackley, corporate law specialist EMW and professional services network giant Grant Thornton (both in Milton Keynes) and at high tech business estate Silverstone Park’s Innovation Centre (including one hosted by its Metrology Facility partner Hexagon Manufacturing Intelligence).

Pim said: “Each event has been an opportunity for us to promote the STC concept and lay out the future vision for it but, equally, for many companies and individuals operating in high-tech engineering to ask questions and express opinion.

“Very interestingly, two topics in particular have kept cropping up surrounding exporting and some signposting that could be done.”

Pim says feedback from engineering companies at the introductory events had reaffirmed the STC’s beliefs.

He continued: “Maybe the most gratifying thing has been that at every meeting at least one person – on some occasions multiples of people – have come up unprompted and said this is exactly what we need

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