EMW - Founder member of the Silverstone Technology Cluster

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EMW - Founder member of the Silverstone Technology Cluster

EMW - Founder member of the Silverstone Technology Cluster

  • STC company established to drive high-tech growth around Silverstone
  • Pim van Baarsen appointed Chief Executive Officer
  • New website now live

Following the launch of the SQW cluster report last year, a new company, Silverstone Technology Cluster, has been formed to support the high-tech activity within a one hour radius of Silverstone Circuit.

Silverstone Park developer MEPC along with EMW, Barclays, Grant Thornton, Hexagon Manufacturing Intelligence, Aylesbury Vale District Council and Cherwell District and South Northants Council have come together to agree a business plan and set up the membership-based, not-for-profit company.

Brackley companies TotalSim (computational fluid dynamics) and KW Special Projects (integration of new processes and technologies) will join STC as the first full members and will advise the Board from a high-growth company perspective.

Silverstone Technology Cluster is the cluster of high-tech companies identified by the SQW report which was published in 2016. Subsequently the Cluster has been warmly welcomed by both Government and the finance and business community. SQW is the highly respected economic and social development research firm whose findings first brought the ‘Cambridge Phenomenon’ to public attention.

It has also appointed Pim van Baarsen as its Chief Executive Officer. Pim will be well known to those in motorsport, automotive and high-tech engineering for his previous work with the Motorsport Industry Association, renowned gearbox manufacturer Xtrac and Haymarket Exhibitions. His on-going role as Managing Director for CMA Marketing, a company specialising in marketing for high performance engineering and motorsport, adds to his qualifications.

Pim commented: “I am delighted to accept this exciting new role for the region. I came to the UK 21 years ago as it was clear then that it had an unbeatable high performance engineering sector. To now play a part in the development of this sector through the Silverstone Technology Cluster is a huge honour and one I greatly look forward to.”

Simon Arkell, Principal at EMW and STC board member commented “As one of the leading law firms in the region, we have been working with businesses in the area around Silverstone for many years. The cluster report confirmed our suspicions about the potential for the businesses based here to be leading lights in high performance and applied technologies, on a national and even world wide scale. For everyone involved, whether you are a professional service, an established business or a start up, the set up of the cluster organisation represents a hugely exciting time and something we absolutely had to be a part of.

When we were approached to support the cluster organisation, we jumped at the chance to be involved as a founder member. Our contacts and network will help to market the organisation and hopefully our own brand will benefit from being associated with it. We are there as the token legal adviser, so we are on hand to offer support to the organisation and its members for the foreseeable future!”

Keep checking the STC’s new website for more feedback from its other Board members.

SQW’s report that identified the Silverstone Technology Cluster – titled The Evolution of the High Performance Technology & Motorsport Cluster – is available to order as are its executive summary and also a special publication of business case studies that were carried out as part of the research. Click here for further details or contact Simon Arkell