“They are doing some great stuff at Silverstone Park…”
03 August 2020
Businesses at Silverstone Park received live BBC coverage earlier this week as the broadcaster focused on their efforts to help essential and frontline healthcare workers during the COVID-19 situation.
BBC Radio Northampton was on location at the Park for its Tuesday morning breakfast show, hosted by Annabel Amos who would later declare on air: “They are doing some great stuff at Silverstone Park…”
Roving reporter Andy McNair first visited Spyder Motorcycles’ Mark and Lizzi Smith-Young before moving on to Lodestar Experiential’s Tom North, TD Group’s Julie Stewart and One Group Engineering’s Ron Hartvelt and Enovation Consulting’s Cristiana Pace.
Mark and Lizzi explained how they had made their fleet of motorcycles – including brands such as MotoGuzzi, Vespa, Piaggio and Aprilia – available for key workers. They also highlighted their new ‘Wheels to Work’ programme which aims to help young people to work using scooters – thereby giving them an alternative travel option a well as independence.
Tom talked about Lodestar’s work in events management for major motor manufacturers and how, in quieter periods recently, Lodestar provided its vans to deliver food parcels and PPE for Milton Keynes food bank charity SOPHEA which help to feed the elderly and vulnerable.
Julie reflected on her role as a chief co-ordinator for the Silverstone Technology Cluster’s COVID-19 Response Team which, liaising with the STC’s business network, helped to source and manufacture 50,000 pieces of PPE for healthcare workers in Northants.
As a Director of TD Group, a specialist in tech and finance recruitment, she also had advice for local employers and workers in the current climate.
Meanwhile, Ron and Cristiana discussed how, in collaboration with Renault’s F1 team, they had designed an innovative new medical device – The Oxford Box – that is now being used in hospitals across Oxford.
Although both are from motorsport engineering backgrounds, they said this demonstrated how high-tech businesses can apply their innovative thinking to other sectors – particularly medical during the COVID-19 situation.
Combined, the businesses, received around 22 minutes of live BBC airtime, whilst their contribution towards the COVID-19 effort also earned separate mentions in the BBC’s half-hourly news headlines.
CLICK HERE (link expires 26 Aug) to listen to the show. Fast forward to the following times to hear from the businesses:
• 1hr24min40sec Spyder Motorcycles
• 1hr55m Lodestar Experiential
• 2hr24m40sec TD Group
• 2hr56m One Group Engineering & Enovation Consulting