Global Manufacturer in Girton Gets Parliamentary Recognition

South Cambridgeshire’s MP Heidi Allen has visited a global manufacturer of touchscreen technology based in Girton. Visualplanet, nominated by Mrs Allen for an award from the All-Party Parliamentary Manufacturing Group, is the brainchild of Vernon Spencer. 

The company has come a long way since its early days in 2002.

Now a global manufacturing business that deals in the commercialisation and industrialisation of large format touch sensor technologies, Visualplanet designs and produces its touchfoil product from its purpose built manufacturing facility in Girton.

Heidi praised the company saying “This is one of those rare examples of a simple idea being turned into a phenomenal business opportunity…I challenge anyone not to be impressed by this example of British innovation at its best”.

Vernon Spencer said “Back in 2001, I was standing in the High Street. The estate agent's shop was shut. It would have been so nice to find out more. It hit me there and then. 

Businesses shouldn't be putting up barriers. In fact, they should be making it easy for us to find out more about their products and services. 

It’s truly amazing to see how far the market has progressed since my original idea, the barriers to using technology for self-service have been completely broken down progressing what was initially a simple targeted concept for the retail sector into one that is now applicable across all markets. We are proud to have been part of this revolution and to be continuing to bring the benefits of touch to everyday activities.” 

Speaking about Visualplanet’s nomination Spencer commented “We’re are proud that our company has been nominated by our local MP Heidi. There’s a wealth of innovative small and medium-sized businesses out there and it’s great to be recognised as one of them. We are very proud to be maintaining a manufacturing facility with a large export portfolio from Britain and providing employment opportunities. The competition is a fantastic opportunity to raise awareness of Britain’s exporting sector and in particular supporting our local area, South Cambridgeshire.”