05 February 2019
The high tech and professional services business communities have reacted positively to Silverstone Park’s first networking event of 2019.
Close to 40 professionals attended the event in the estate’s Innovation Centre which included a fascinating talk from the National Physical Laboratory’s Dr Claire Elliott.
This gave those present an expert’s opinion on how working to newly defined measurements– such as kilograms and amperes – and agreed by 53 member states could help businesses improve their chances of trading nationally and internationally.
Here’s what some of those in the audience had to say:
Andrew Priest, IP lawyer from Cambridge law firm Hewitsons:
“This type of event gives us a better understanding of some of the terminology and is of interest generally so we can better serve our clients who operate in tech, engineering and manufacturing. It’s also very useful from a networking point of view. There’s a diverse range of tech and engineering related companies so it’s a good opportunity to meet new people and find out what issues they face.”
Daniel Andrew, Technical Director, Paramount Electronics (a Buckingham based sub-contract manufacturer for the medical, automotive and industrial electronics industries):
“This is the first event we’ve attended and we were attracted by both the subject and the networking opportunity as we are looking to expand our markets.
“We’ve enjoyed it very much; a very worthwhile event and we’ve come away with several new contacts that could be useful.”
Peter Needham, Sales Director, Sprint Power (electronics design consultancy in Birmingham):
“Above all this was an opportunity to meet new, like-minded people in a business friendly environment, discuss opportunities and challenges and hear where industry is going. Claire’s presentation was very interesting, too, so a very useful event.”
Ian Howe, Founder, Sarthe Cars (a Buckinghamshire-based start-up OEM):
“We are looking to build our business on technical collaborations and the ultimate goal is to create a car homologated to the new 2020 sportscar racing regulations so as to race an ultra sportscar at the Le Mans 24 Hours.
“An event like this is crucial for us – we’re looking to stretch the technology envelope and Silverstone Technology Cluster (STC) has tremendously talented people… we’ve come away with some very interesting information.”
Details of the next Silverstone Park Networking event will be announced shortly. Meanwhile Dr Elliott was enthusiastic about the guest speaker’s role.
She commented: “It’s fantastic to see that there’s a real appetite to learn more about measurement within this community, something I first became aware of from my previous visit to help form the STC’s Metrology Special Interest Group.
“It’s great to see that the networking event attracted a very diverse audience which included lawyers, accountants, college business students and local SME engineers; it made for a really interesting evening.
“My presentation, which centred on how developments in the scientific world can make a significant impact on innovation and product development in industry, had some great feedback.
“I would like to say thank you Silverstone Park for the opportunity to speak at this event. It was encouraging to see everyone so engaged and, hopefully, those who attend learnt something new.”