Just last week I had a gentleman in the office who was in the early stages of starting a business in the wireless and remote healthcare industry.
It’s an exciting business venture with the potential not only to reduce healthcare costs to the individual and the NHS but also to build on a growing area of high tech solutions for a brilliant 21st century healthcare milieu. And, it’s in our town!
We all look to Cambridge for technological innovation. Its world class colleges and its creative culture are ideal for incubating leading edge ideas.
But here’s an example of a young entrepreneur who has an idea and just gets up and does it.
On our doorstep.
Of course like all the best start –ups it has the potential to fail or, given the right market forces investment and timing it might just succeed. This, I believe, is a gamble we should encourage and nurture.
Having worked in a similar industry many years ago I appreciate the personal risks, the stresses and the rewards of the investment. But we ought to ask ourselves, are we as a community doing all we can to encourage these pioneers to choose us as their base?
Are we offering creative and flexible opportunities which compete for these innovators?
It’s not just about the jobs and commerce that this would bring. It’s about building on the creative energies of our residents to discover new ways to do business and at the same time keeping Uttlesford (and Saffron Walden) on the map.
I’m not proposing to turn our green market town into a silicon valley. Far from it. What I’d would like to see is our town, diverse with ideas and opinions retaining our core values and identity by carefully encouraging small entrepreneurial firms to take advantage of our access to London and Cambridge.
Just imagine a well-run, traditional market town with a thriving intellectual capital base on which to build our future…