Silverstone Technology Cluster launches business trailblaser programmes
|Author: Carl McKellar||Published: 21st January 2021 09:12|
A high-profile drive to increase the competitiveness of advanced engineering and manufacturing SMEs across the East Midlands is under way, with the Silverstone Technology Cluster (STC) now actively serving as a Trailblazer Project for government-backed business advice network Be the Business (BtB).
The Project, supported by STC founding member Silverstone Park, will give businesses access to invaluable advice and practical guidance through mentoring programmes, peer-to-peer networking, SME advisory boards and leadership training.
“We believe this will have a massively beneficial impact on tech businesses across our cluster area in terms of their growth opportunities and strategic thinking – we would encourage all companies at Silverstone Park, STC and in the wider geography to consider joining,” enthused STC CEO Pim van Baarsen.
BtB was launched in 2017, with funding from the Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy (BEIS), to help the UK government examine and improve the nation’s productivity, and, as a result of COVID-19, also recovery strategies.
Its Chair is Sir Charlie Mayfield (formerly Chair of John Lewis Partnership) and its network of business mentors extends to blue chip companies including, amongst others, Facebook, Cisco Systems, Siemens, Accenture, BAE Systems and KPMG.
Today, as part of its Trailblazer Project with BtB, the STC has confirmed the following programmes for businesses to sign up to in Q1 2021:
- January: SME Advisory Boards
- February: Mentoring for Growth
- March: Leadership Pathways
- April: Tech Adoption