Innovation 2012, the report by UK.GOV on the state of UK business innovation did not make for comfortable reading. On the back of the financial crisis companies where holding back investment in new products, services and ways of doing business. In 2011 only 31% of UK firms from SMEs to large companies were “Active Innovators.”

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Today Paul called me up and told me I just had to listen to a radio interview on the BBC’s Radio 5. And it was on the subject of automation and it’s impact on jobs.  You can get the interview here. Now, I’ve been following the impact of technology and innovation on the economy for

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Innovation needn’t be confusing. It’s the most controllable thing that business can do to generate continual sources of renewal. Whether it’s developing new products, processes, services or ways of doing business, doing new things and doing them well is essential not only for a company to survive but to thrive. So what’s the problem? In

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The Economist (11th April 2015) laments the woeful skills shortage gap in the UK. After years of underinvestment, policy failure and general shifts in attitudes away from science and engineering subjects, we’re about to get what we wished for. Careful now. The UK produces 25000 engineering graduates a year and despite some recent successes to

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Today I was fortunate to be invited to MOSI in Manchester for the big launch for the Northwest Business Leadership Team’s latest thought leadership report on Science, Technology and Innovation.  Could there be a more appropriate location for such an event sitting next to the machine that in 1948 Alan Turing made possible? In the

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A news piece in Chemical and Engineering News today is summarized by the title – several big Chemical Cos (DuPont, Dow, W R Grace) are reaching for growth in new areas and better in acquisitions of speciality units. In the article ,”it’s not about simple expansion anymore, as chemical companies focus on moving deeper into

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Chemistry Drives Growth.  The new report produced by the UK Chemical’s Industry lays down its claim to be heard and outline the critical importance of the chemical process industries in contributing to national economic, social and environmental well-being. System Growth Consulting supports this report and has commented on earlier drafts.  The chemicals sector has watched

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In Summary Thursday 31st October,  John Lennon School of Art and Design, John Moores University, Liverpool, UK Today, the Liverpool City Region held and launched its short but sweet conference to stimulate the region’s advanced manufacturing initiative and we attended to hear about it and tell you.  First – see and enjoy this video for

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