Our founder Roy Moëd was out and about today on a tour of the McLaren Technology Centre as part of an IoD event aimed at inspiring businesses in Surrey. It was held in association with Driving for Better Business.
The whole event allowed for a fascinating insight into the world of McLaren and the efforts made by businesses such as McLaren to improve the standard of driving on the roads of Surrey. Our authors often have stories about their first car and of passing driving tests several decades ago. Maybe some of you can remember the classic racing McLarens?
“As a long-term member of the Institute of Directors, I was excited this week to be invited to the McLaren facility in Woking, Surrey.
“The visit began with an excellent presentation from Simon Turner of Driving for Better Business. He spoke about the opportunities available to all businesses for better driving and the effect this has on the workforce, on safety and on economy within companies – and, therefore, on the profitability of those companies. I asked Simon about the implications for charities when using volunteers to drive vehicles that have been donated to the charity. This is a very complex subject and trustees are often involved in responsibilities that would normally only apply to commercial enterprises.
“Following on from the presentation, the Chief Executive of McLaren Automotive, Mike Flewitt, was presented with a Business Champion Award from Driving for Better Business. McLaren has been striving for some time to involve all their employees and dealers in the Champion scheme. This covers all sorts of topics, from carrying out test drives to the attitude of McLaren staff when out on the roads.
“Personally, I was very excited to hear the story of the McLaren journey from Rob Melville, McLaren’s Director of Design. He explained the ways in which the company’s designers are motivated to incorporate the ethos of McLaren into the design of their vehicles. My day ended with a tour through the entire McLaren boulevard and factory.
“The story of Bruce McLaren, who started McLaren in 1932, and the way in which the company has grown over the years, strongly lends itself to the LifeBook ethos of producing corporate stories, capturing them to turn them into precious legacies for future generations.”
Roy Moëd: Institute of Directors member for more than 30 years.