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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I think most reading this will by now “Get” the criticality of making good use of resources and energy to produce the every day products we all use.  A number of landmark reports over the years present compelling statistics of the need to change how we find, produce and use Stuff. Momentum is gathering.  The

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I heard that the MAS manufacturing barometer survey is now regular reading in Vince Cable’s red box.  The latest one paints quite a good picture showing that English manufacturing SMEs are ready to invest.  They are very keen on investing strategically – meaning Innovating to Grow and planning their businesses more strategically. As a registered

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The Date is 21st October 2013; The Place – The Midland Hotel, Manchester (UK not NH) The UK’s Technology Strategy Board is launching it’s £5m project fund to drive collaboration for The Circular Economy through the Knowledge Transfer Networks, the KTNs.  Combining the Materials, Environmental and Chemistry Innovation Networks as the supporting bodies to help

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Two articles in this week’s Economist caught my eye.  Both carry the story about what might be considered as New Industrial Strategy.  The narrative goes something like this.  After several decades of free market economics run amok, the UK economy has become unbalanced to favour services, more specifically financial services.  The economic fall-out is still

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So, I like to get out there and see what’s happening in the world. So today it was the northwest Manufacturing Matters conference at the Salford City stadium. A combination of presentations and service providers, it had an overall upbeat message to raise the flag for manufacturing successes and prospects. “Like a patient who’s been

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A few personal notes to highlight this year’s annual showcase at the IfM demonstrated an interesting mix of research into technology and innovation management.  The resurgent interest in the future of high value manufacturing made the event the best attended I’ve seen. The mission of the institute at Cambridge University is to “research, teach and practically apply

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I facilitated a strategic technology roadmapping session for collaborative product and process innovation organization, Britest.  STR is a great way of creating, displaying and communicating different facets of a strategy; the markets, products, technologies, projects and resources all in one place. STR works well, because it has been shown that visual strategy operates at all the levels in which

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My 10-minute summary of Accenture’s Sustainability 24 online conference that discusses the global agenda, by advancing debate and discussion with clients, local government leaders and stakeholders around the world. 14th May 2013 8:10am – Business Strategy & Stakeholders:  Building Trust & Planning for Uncertainty “In hindsight, it is usually much easier to see what business leaders

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