Over 150 local businesspeople joined Buckinghamshire Business First in the beating heart of Britain’s motorsport industry at Silverstone’s Interactive Museum on Tuesday (23rd November), to discover more about the technology and trends that will put local businesses in pole position for the future. The event, the first ‘hybrid’ one for Buckinghamshire Business First, took place both in-person and online.

The half-day event welcomed speakers from the world of future tech, alongside some of the very best from Buckinghamshire’s creative, digital and tech sectors. In addition, support organisations highlighted the best places to access specialist funding and business support, and exhibitors highlighted the exciting innovations that businesses can access right here on their doorstep.

The event was funded by INNO Industry an EU Interreg project which seeks to better understand what support is needed for businesses to take up the new technologies in order to influence future Govt funding and support. The event showcased a range of current support available including Growth Grants, Growth Advice, Peer Learning, Workforce Skills, or Net Zero support and funding via Low Carbon Workspaces.

Guests also got the chance to network with and put questions to experts in 5G, Internet of Things (IoT), AI, Cyber Security, Big Data and the Cloud, and find out what these developments will mean to business and where to invest now, to be a step ahead in the future.


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Philippa Batting, Managing Director of Buckinghamshire Business First, said: “We were delighted to welcome so many attendees to our first Future Tech Summit at Silverstone - home to some of the UK's most innovative and cutting-edge technology companies and now synonymous with high-performance and innovation. Guests were able to hear from high-calibre speakers who helped inspire businesses to put technology into action to maximise business growth opportunities.”

Attendees got to hear from a host of exciting speakers and experts in the world of future tech, including: Nikki Dean, Leading Technology Journalist & Face of Formula Woman; Sarah Armstrong-Smith, Microsoft’s Chief Security Advisor; Kieran Arnold, Chief Architect – Future Networks & Systems at Satellite Applications Catapult; Dr Harin Sellahewa, Dean of Faculty of Computing, Law & Psychology at the University of Buckingham; and Peter Parfitt, Head of Digital, Buckinghamshire Council.

In addition, attendees got the chance to look back at the history that has made Silverstone so iconic, with a tour around the Silverstone Interactive Museum.

Philippa added: “We were able to host this event in Buckinghamshire thanks to our involvement with Inno Industry, a project which seeks to identify gaps in business support within the digital landscape so that we can help influence future funding for business.”

Buckinghamshire Business First would like to thank all the exhibitors and speakers for their contribution and who made the event such a great success – the range of innovative and cutting-edge companies that shared their expertise and their latest technologies was highly impressive.