Why remembering regional roots is essential for successful scaling of SMEs
When IMGeospatial first chose to base its operations in the leafy Thames Valley village of Burnham, the abundance of high-tech service and manufacturing businesses the area supports was uppermost in our minds. It’s exactly the right environment in which to scale our business and we’re looking forward to expanding and growing within the area, helping to bring success and prosperity to the region.
We’ve come a long way since our inception and although we recognise we still have far to go, our business model includes strategies for what we can do to help support the regional economy as we expand into Europe and beyond.
Being based in the area has been very good for us and we’ve made many mutually beneficial local partnerships in our time here, so it was with enormous pride that we learnt recently we’ve been selected as one of ConnectTVT’s 2018 50 Game Changers in the Thames Valley. Now in its third year, the programme, sponsored by Ernst & Young and the Henley Business school, brings together the region’s most disruptive, fast growth digital and tech players. As one of the 50 Game Changers, we join a community of future-facing start-ups and scale-ups, invested in the region and looking to drive change through product and service innovation.
If this wasn’t enough good news for one week, we just learnt we’re to be part of the European AI Alliance, a forum engaged in a broad and open discussion of all aspects of Artificial Intelligence development and its impacts. We will be interacting with the experts of the High-Level Expert Group on Artificial Intelligence (AI HLEG), established by the European Commission, in a forum-style setting.
This is a great opportunity for IMGeospatial to offer insight and opinion based on our extensive experience of using AI to produce Automated Business Intelligence that offers unique and resilient information to assist critical decision-making across a wide range of industrial and commercial sectors. The input we offer will directly contribute to the European debate on AI and will feed in to the European Commission’s policy-making in this area.
We here at IMGeospatial are very proud of our recent achievements and it’s incredibly affirming to be recognised for our genuinely disruptive approach, so thanks must go out to all at ConnectTVT, EY, the Henley Business School and all at the European AI Alliance for showing confidence in our unique automated products and services.
Such endorsements are very encouraging of course, but they also serve to remind all at IMGeospatial that we’re still on a long journey and mustn’t forget our roots. We firmly believe that supporting the digital economy regionally will keep us grounded and help sustain growth and productivity as well as assisting local start-ups and the local innovation ecosystem as we venture out into Europe and beyond.