Industry call for government to work with business to maximise high-tech Supercluster opportunity

Industry call for government to work with business to maximise high-tech Supercluster opportunity

30 March 2020

Silverstone Park Commercial Director Roz Bird has presented government representatives with a document in which 15 of the region’s leading science and tech organisations call on Downing Street to work with business in the Oxford-Cambridge Arc to maximise the opportunity – once it has got through the current COVID-19 situation.

The far-reaching document, entitled ‘The Oxford-Cambridge Arc: The UK’s High-Tech Supercluster – A Business Perspective’, has been researched and authored by Roz in her role as Chair of the Silverstone Technology Cluster (of which Silverstone Park is a founding member).

In it she writes that the region (also dubbed a growth corridor) consists of a ‘network of business clusters’ “which could easily be transformed in to a ‘cluster of clusters’ – a Supercluster – with the aim of increasing economic prosperity for all in the region and, in so doing, adding value to the UK economy”.

Prior to the current COVID-19 situation taking hold, the document was sent to: Boris Johnson (Prime Minister); Alok Sharma (Secretary of State for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy); Robert Jenrick (Secretary of State for Housing, Communities & Local Government); Greg Hands (Minister of State for Trade Policy); local MPs Andrea Leadsom (South Northants) and Greg Smith (Buckingham); both the South East Midlands and Buckinghamshire local enterprise partnerships; the local district and county Council heads.

In the document, Roz says the Supercluster vision has the backing of senior science and technology park figures in Buckinghamshire, Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire, Essex, Northamptonshire and Oxfordshire.

These represent:
• Babraham Research Campus
• Cambridge Cleantech & Oxfordshire Cleantech
• Cambridge Network
• Cambridge Wireless
• Chesterford Research Park
• Colworth Park
• Cranfield University Technology Park
• Culham Science Centre
• Milton Park
• One Nucleus
• Oxford Innovation
• Silverstone Park
• Silverstone Technology Cluster
• The Bradfield Centre

She also concluded: “The organisations included in this first edition of the Supercluster publication share the Supercluster vision and want to work with government to explore the opportunities to work together, across the geography, to inspire the business communities we represent and the young people being educated in the communities in which we operate.

“Working together we want to:
• Present the region as a whole
• Manage inward investment and corporate collaboration enquiries
• Help our local businesses to collaborate and trade with each other across the geography
• Inspire our young people to work hard and be ambitious about the future

“By working in this way, with this greater perspective, we can improve the economic prospects of the whole region and at the same time improve UK productivity.”

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