29 September 2020
Local MPs have joined members of Silverstone Park and Silverstone Technology Cluster as part of a new series of on-line Silverstone Technology Cluster (STC) Roundtable events, to give local businesses a chance to express their ideas, experiences and concerns relating to COVID-19, Brexit and the new Trade Bill.
The business community was represented by Silverstone Park companies Punch Flybrid, Delta Motorsport, Hexagon Manufacturing Intelligence and KW Special Projects, along with STC members RML Group, Cysiam, Lohmann, STC CEO Pim van Baarsen, and both the South East Midlands and Buckinghamshire Local Enterprise Partnerships (LEPs).
Both Andrea Leadsom and Greg Smith, MPs for South Northants and Buckingham respectively, attended the Zoom call.
The STC Roundtable series was the idea of MEPC’s Roz Bird, the Commercial Director at MEPC Silverstone Park and STC Chair.
Roz commented: “These Roundtable events are enabling our community of high-tech businesses to talk directly with their local LEP CEOs and local MPs.
“At this time of great change and great challenge the business environment has become increasingly complex to navigate.
“I wanted to find a way to give our LEP CEOs and MPs the feedback they need so that when they are debating issues and making decisions they have real business voices in their minds; to give them the courage of their convictions and hopefully ensure that our business community successfully navigates these extraordinary times.
“A third event in the series will be organised in October 2020. We have tried to include the same businesses in the last two discussions, but I am keen to hear from any other STC member that would like take part.
“I know that our colleagues in government have been feeding in to the Comprehensive Spending Review this month; obviously the response to the second wave of the pandemic is playing out right now, and so there will be a lot to discuss, in the time available, as usual.”