STC joins call to Elon Musk to consider Northants for UK base

STC joins call to Elon Musk to consider Northants for UK base

03 August 2021

The Silverstone Technology Cluster has joined Northamptonshire MPs Andrea Leadsom and Andrew Lewer in calling on multi-billionaire tech mogul Elon Musk to consider the county as a location for a possible UK base.

Reports of a visit by the founder of SpaceX and Tesla to Luton, Herts in May swiftly turned into claims he could be eyeing up possible sites, should he choose to expand to the UK.

The two Northants MPs were quick to write to him, outlining why the county would be the ideal place.

Soon their voices were added to on BBC Radio Northampton by STC Chair Roz Bird (Commercial Director at MEPC Silverstone Park), its Industry Advisory Group Chair Kieron Salter (KW Special Projects/Digital Manufacturing Centre at Silverstone Park), and, later, Cluster CEO Pim van Baarsen.

Roz told breakfast show host Annabel Amos:

“He (Elon Musk) should consider coming to Northamptonshire. He’d be mad not to…

“We’re right at the heart of the Oxford-Cambridge Arc and the bit we’ve got that’s really special is businesses that are solving problem, working in F1 on the track, with the Ministry of Defence in aerospace and satellite technology… they are delivering technology that is changing the world.”

Appearing later on the same show, Kieron, whose futuristic Digital Manufacturing Centre is now open at Silverstone Park, added: “If Elon was to come to Northamptonshire then the first thing he should do is join the Silverstone Technology Cluster where he can meet like-minded people and discuss his plans.”

Click on the links above to hear their interviews on BBC Radio Northampton which, combined, resulted in some 17 minutes of coverage for the STC.

STC CEO Pim subsequently wrote to Mr Musk, documenting why the region would stand out as an option, and was also invited to chat on BBC Radio Northampton.

“This area of the UK has a huge concentration of highly innovative businesses and it is our job, as the Silverstone Technology Cluster, to create opportunities for them and, obviously, to work with Elon Musk would be a great opportunity for many of them,” said Pim, whose full interview can be listened to by CLICKING HERE.

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