23 September 2020
During the COVID-19 outbreak, companies at Silverstone Park and from the Silverstone Technology Cluster (STC) have contributed to a key piece of research on employee wellbeing by influential business advice organisation Be The Business (BTB).
In 2020, the BTB website has emerged as a go-to on-line tool for businesses, with more than a quarter of a million unique visitors per month.
TD Group, Performance Projects, KW Special Projects, PUNCH Flybrid and Hexagon Manufacturing Intelligence, plus fellow STC members Mackart Additive and Silverstone Composites, were invited by MEPC to join the BTB webinar in order to share experiences about how the COVID-19 pandemic had affected their staff and businesses.
The discussion was hosted by MEPC’s Roz Bird, Commercial Director at Silverstone Park, and Chair of Silverstone Technology Cluster (STC), and STC CEO Pim van Baarsen.
Be the Business was launched in November 2017 to help the UK government examine and improve the nation’s productivity, and, as a result of COVID-19, also aid recovery.
Supported by the Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy (BEIS), it is led by former Chair of both the John Lewis Partnership Chair and the UK Commission for Employment & Skills, Sir Charlie Mayfield, and soon-to-be Director General of the Confederation of British Industry, Tony Danker.
By collecting stories of current experiences and approaches, its aim is to gather up-to-date evidence from business owners and provide pertinent peer-to-peer advice across its extensive network, which is supported by Facebook.
The Silverstone Park/STC businesses which took part in the webinar all operate in high tech engineering/manufacturing, which breeds a culture of reacting quickly and efficiently when changes occur in their respective industry sectors.
But that resilience and ability to adapt has suddenly been tested in new ways during the coronavirus pandemic.
Whilst the webinar highlighted ways of keeping staff motivated and engaged, it also touched on how business owners’ personal wellbeing had been affected.
BTB’s Denica Lundberg commented: “It’s never been more essential for businesses to share tactics and strategies to improve our workplaces during these difficult times.
“By focusing on listening to real challenges and crowdsourcing best practice, we can create a new type of thought leadership that gives SMEs insights that they can instantly implement.”
CLICK HERE to discover some of the advice that the Silverstone Park/STC businesses had to share.