Video: Businesses challenged to take Milton Keynes to a global level

Milton Keynes companies have been challenged to use cyberspace to turn the new city into a true world player.

Councillor Brian White, who will soon become mayor, will be championing Milton Keynes as an International Business City during his year in office.

From left, Sarah Blakenmore, director of the Cluster Munitions Coalition, Councillor Brian White, Fredi Nonyelu, chairman of Biztech and Nick Isles, deputy principal of Milton Keynes College

From left, Sarah Blakenmore, director of the Cluster Munitions Coalition, Councillor Brian White, Fredi Nonyelu, chairman of Biztech and Nick Isles, deputy principal of Milton Keynes College

“How do we get a viral campaign that is effective?” Mr White asked his audience at Milton Keynes College, off Chaffron Way, last night (Thursday). “There are 500 tech companies in Milton Keynes and I am looking to you to take the lead and put Milton Keynes on the map.”

Next year the intention is to hold a virtual conference where delegates will be invited to speak from around the world.

Mr White, a founder member of Biztech Business and Technology Forum, which held the event at the college, said he wants to see Milton Keynes competing with places like Stuttgart, Barcelona and other major European cities. He added politicians of all parties are united in the International Business City ambition.

Mr White added that the Milton Keynes area has a history of innovation, not least the construction of the world’s first programmable computer at Bletchley Park, which would provide a solid foundation.

Fredi Nonyelu, chairman of Biztech Business and Technology Forum, said; “If we can work together to showcase Milton Keynes, that will be a fantastic outcome.”