STC businesses praise Growth Through Green scale-up programme

Silverstone Technology Cluster

6th December 2018


The first STC companies involved in the scale-up course – Cranfield’s ‘Growth Through Green’ (GTG) programme – say that it has already made a difference to their business and they would recommend it to others.

The STC is partnering with world class business growth expert Dr Shai Vyakarnam who is leading GTG.

The course brings scale-up and business growth thinking to the STC business community.

STC CEO Pim Van Baarsen commented: “It is a clear objective of the STC to help businesses to grow. Having someone like Shai working in the area and willing to work with our members is a major coup. We want to encourage all our businesses to take part and benefit from the programme.”

Growth Through Green is helping company directors (all STC members) learn how to grow and develop their businesses sustainably.

This is achieved by combining key learnings from Cranfield School of Management’s acclaimed Business Growth Programme (BGP) with its University’s expertise in the green economy.

It is delivered through the Innovation in Manufacturing, Aerospace & Green Economy (IMAGE) programme which is funded by the European Regional Development Fund.

Moira Myers, joint Managing Director of Milton Keynes based software developer Illuminis enthused: “Taking part in the Growth through Green programme has enabled us to deconstruct the company in its current position and to identify the key steps which we need to focus on in order to achieve our growth plans.”

Fellow MD Paul North added: “We found the programme to be very stimulating and thought provoking – it introduced us to a whole host of concepts that we were either completely unfamiliar with or which we probably didn’t think were relevant to our business, whereas in fact they are. “So we were able to put down some clear markers and objectives for the short and medium term development of our business which was invaluable. “We also gained a great deal from the other participants – just talking to each other I think we all found extremely interesting and useful. I would recommend this course to any small business with ambitions to grow.”

Aylesbury business Goodfabs which specialises in performance engineering is another to have benefited.

MD Neil Morgan said: “The programme helped me to look at my company in a different way, which was very valuable. This is exactly the sort of programme that the STC should be providing to its members.”

Further GTG sessions are available during the coming months. However businesses are urged to register now before the programme ends in the latter half of 2019. For further information please contact Veronica Rigby: Tel 01234 75 4361 / Email

Shai Vyakarnam commented: “We are very excited about the work we are doing with the Silverstone Technology Cluster. Having met many of the companies based at STC, I know the levels of innovation and drive to succeed that exist in the cluster. “It can be hard when you are running a business to escape day-to-day operational activities and spend time focusing on your development and growth strategy. “‘Growth through Green’ enables you to take a step back and design a strategy and plan for the future that will help your company grow.”

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