The cluster of high-tech engineering businesses within two hours of Silverstone gives the UK the potential to be the leading export economy in new and emerging fields – a direct answer to the country’s decreasing reliance on traditional manufacturing.
Roz Bird, Commercial Director at Silverstone Park for MEPC, said: “The Silverstone Technology Cluster report recognises the untapped potential of businesses within the Cluster, making it an attractive proposition for investors.
“The next step is for an organisation to be established to drive opportunities forward. We see this as a ‘Cluster Organisation’ that will provide businesses with the leverage and platform to successfully grow and give investors the commitment and forward-looking business models required to consider future investment. Silverstone Park and its partners remain committed to enhancing the profile of the Cluster on a global level.”
As a business innovating and developing products within the Cluster, KWSP’s Kieron Salter stated that the report has helped his business identify as part of a cluster. He said: “With a cluster name comes identity followed by brand and then values, all of which help the businesses within the Cluster to talk to investors and customers.”
Stephen Catchpole and Stephen Smith concluded the speaker line-up. SEMLEP believes that the Silverstone Technology Cluster not only has the potential to be economically significant for the East Midlands region, but also on a wider, more global scale. Meanwhile PwC recognises the importance of innovation and its impact on growth, as well as the need for a network that supports entrepreneurs on their growth trajectory.
Jenny Tooth OBE, CEO of UK Business Angels Association, enthused: “We are keen to raise awareness among the investment community about the Silverstone Technology Cluster and look forward to working with MEPC, Barclays and all the key players in the area to identify and build a community of angel and early stage investors around this rich source of exciting innovative, growth-potential businesses”.
Her comments followed those of Sajid Javid MP, then Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills who, following publication of the report, said: “The Silverstone Technology Cluster is at the forefront of global technological innovation, skilled at solving engineering problems and delivering solutions. It is an exemplary haven and one where young engineers can get the training they need to become the best in the world.”
The Silverstone report has been commissioned by MEPC, asset manager and developer of Silverstone Park on behalf of Hermes Investment Management, with partners PwC and Barclays. It has been authored by SQW, the highly respected economic and social development research firm.