Silverstone Technology Cluster
Silverstone Technology Cluster (STC) is a not-for-profit cluster support organisation for advanced engineering, electronics and software businesses in the wider Silverstone area. The organisation aids its members with promotion, support and thought leadership.
STC aims to promote the cluster nationally and internationally, highlighting the power of the network of these highly innovative businesses. To date, STC has hosted several delegations from China, South Korea, India and France, next to interest from countries like Italy, Singapore and Malaysia. Significantly, it has also engaged with organisations such as Heathrow Airport, BAE Systems, the US Army, Norwich Research Park and the UK Space Agency, who are all keen for STC to be the conduit to access the problem-solving prowess of the companies in the network.
In addition, STC aids companies within the cluster to promote themselves to each other. As the cluster is uniquely multi-sectorial (motorsport is only around 20% of what the businesses do) bringing companies together and encouraging them to collaborate is a large part of what the STC does.
STC offers several business growth programmes and events. Most notably, it has a Business Agility & Transformation Group, aiding companies with modern business management, sustainability and a whole host of other business management subjects. STC further runs SME Advisory Board and Mentoring programmes in partnership with Be the Business. Together with British Business Bank it hosts a series of Access to Finance events, and it joined forces with Amazon Web Services to support cluster companies with their digitalisation journeys. In addition, it organises various events and webinars.
STC has set up Special Interest Groups (SIG) formed by leaders of our member companies. The SIGs are a proven way to accelerate technological development around a chosen topic through effective peer-to-peer discussion, which not only serves to raise awareness of the capabilities in the cluster, but further aids collaboration and the sharing of good practice. Currently, there are four SIGs:
Since its inception in January 2017, membership has grown to over 150 companies, while showcase events like the STC Annual Conference and hosting the VIP Lounge at the Advanced Engineering Show help to further raise the profile of the companies in the cluster.