BBC Top Gear came to Milton Keynes to film the last episode in the current series ‘Britain is Great’ on Sunday 28th July.
BBC Top Gear came to Milton Keynes to film the last episode in the current series ‘Britain is Great’ on Sunday 28th July. The story featured Formula One motoring giants Lotus, Williams and Red Bull who are all based within 80 minutes drive of Silverstone ‘Home of British Motorsport’. BBC Top Gear selected MK because of its location within the ‘Motorsport Valley’ and for being the home of Infinity Red Bull Racing. With the show being viewed in over 200 countries around the world, MK didn’t want to miss any opportunities to promote themselves on an international platform to showcase its offer for Inward Investment.
We worked closely with the BBC Top Gear to make sure we promoted MK and its automotive and advanced engineering sector. The video and materials which we collated from this exciting day will be utilised to maximise our exposure nationally and internationally utilising different marketing channels. Please see the link below for the story behind the spectacular finale to BBC's Top Gear show; ‘Behind the scenes -Top Gear, Top City: BBC unleash F1 cars on the streets of Milton Keynes’. www.youtube.com/investmk
With unemployment continuing to fall, there has also been good business success with two ground breaking ceremonies taking place in one week both large businesses celebrating their growth and expansion in Milton Keynes.
Volkswagen Financial Services Ltd is to build a new 100,000 sq ft, state-of-the-art head office on a redevelopment site in Tongwell. The new premises are set to provide the space the company requires to see further expansion and job creation to develop its operations in Milton Keynes.
John Lewis has started work on their second distribution depot, which will see the creation of another 450 jobs. The partnership is investing £97 million into their development site in Milton Keynes.
ATL Ltd - World Leader in fuel Cell design and technology open new site in Denbigh, Milton Keynes.
ATL Ltd, who are world leaders in fuel cell design and technology and suppliers to Formula One teams, are moving from their 25,000 sq ft building to a 100,000 sq ft site in Denbigh, Milton Keynes. ATL will be ideally located for their motorsport customers and will be 20 minutes away from Silverstone.
Honda has revealed that it will base its new Formula 1 operations at a factory in Milton Keynes.
The Japanese manufacturer is returning to F1 with McLaren in 2015 and has now finalised plans to have its European base at a facility already prepared for Mugen.
Although the development and manufacture of the new V6 turbo engines will be done at Honda's R&D facility at Tochigi in Japan, Honda wanted to base its personnel and support operations in the United Kingdom. The facility will be running by June 2014.
Yasuhisa Arai, Honda's chief officer of motorsports, said: "With the confirmation of a new F1 operation base in the UK, our preparation to join F1 has become more specific and concrete.
"To meet and exceed the expectations of our fans, we will accelerate our development to bring back the unique Honda engine sound onto the track."
University Campus Milton Keynes (UCMK) will boost the city's economy by more than £3 million pounds in its first year of operation, a figure which will steadily increase as student numbers grow. Research shows that the more effectively the new institution meets the needs of business the better the financial return for the local economy.
University Vice-Chancellor Bill Rammell outlined UCMK's importance to Milton Keynes future prosperity in a briefing to senior figures in the public and private sectors whom he told UCMK will meet "the skills needs of local business; furthering the city's international outlook and develop the next generation of the MK workforce." He highlighted evidence indicating just how valuable a top level academic institution is to a growing, thriving city. "Research from Strathclyde University demonstrates the economic multiplier of Universities, according to their region. In the East Midlands, the research shows that for every £1million of revenue into a University, East Midlands Universities generate a further £1.13 million for the region."
UCMK is a joint venture between University of Bedfordshire and Milton Keynes Council to whom he paid tribute as a fine example of the "can do" attitude of the city. "I know of nowhere else where a local authority is matching a University's investment in delivering a new campus." That joint investment already committed stands at £25 million.
Mr Rammell believes the opening of University Campus Milton Keynes will be a giant leap forward in the development from "New Town" to "Smart City." He says it is a triumph of the cooperation between businesses, council, educationalists and other local stakeholders that UCMK has finally been achieved. He grew up in another new town, Harlow in Essex, and believes he is well positioned to understand the problems associated with growth and development. "It often comes as a surprise to those who don't know new towns, but we often have to break down barriers that have more in common with disadvantaged urban centres than they do with suburban or rural settings." He pointed out that new towns were situated to take advantage of transport links to the "big" cities, but that their future prosperity will be based on being Smart Cities, fully equipped to meet the demands of the digital world. He said that one of the most vital of those demands is educating young people to meet the needs of business.
Three of those young people already enrolled to be among UCMK's first students starting journalism courses in September were on hand to join the dignitaries on hard hat tours of their new facilities at Saxon Court which will include: three multi-purpose and flexible seating spaces for between 20 and 50 students; two specialist labs (electronics and telecommunications); a general purpose (20 seat) computing lab; a Learning Resources centre; Student social space and group study areas and a Continuing Professional Development Centre.
Mr Rammell said UCMK's global outlook will be key in achieving the shared goal of becoming a truly international city. "Many of the students will come from overseas - attracted by the location and by the focus on engineering & technology. It is exciting to be working with civic leaders who share my passion for an international approach to higher education - offering life-changing opportunities for UK and overseas students alike."