Business Reporter – Helping SMEs gain access to multinational supply chains

The Virtual Technology Cluster Group, which launched in March this year, is an organisation that brings together key elements of the UK’s technology ecosystem enabling tech start-ups and SMEs to scale up and gain access to the supply chains of multinational companies. The first application of the virtual technology cluster (VTC) model launched in partnership with Lockheed Martin in 2015. …

Business Reporter’s Debate: How can SMEs best drive growth?

CEO, Auriol Stevens participates in Business Reporter’s panel debate on supporting SMEs. She asks “Why is it that more than four in five technologies developed globally never make it to the commercial world?”   Auriol Stevens is joined by participants Lynn Morrision, Head of business engagement at Opus Energy; David Johnstone, Managing director at LEOcrowd Ltd; and Dave Martin, Managing …

Board Appointments – Former VP of Lockheed Martin and former Director at BIS to join Board

Strengthening Team to Accelerate Creation of New Clusters   The Virtual Technology Cluster Group, an organisation enabling multi-national companies to attract entrepreneurial IT companies into their supply chains, is pleased to announce the appointment of Janice Munday CBE as Non-Executive Director and Brad Pietras as Director of Technology, to the Board with immediate effect.  These appointments further bolster the VTC …

Financial Times – Big UK Businesses Take Centre Stage As Start-up Incubators

An increasingly diverse range of UK companies such as John Lewis invest in homegrown technology start-ups. They hope that by working with disruptive technologies from an early stage, they will not lose business to them later or have to buy them out at high valuations. Technology and finance groups such as Microsoft and Barclays have been running start-up accelerators for …