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Commentary Archive

Lord Paul Drayson

Minister of State for Science and Innovation

Speakers Commentary

"While we await future data to assess the full impact of the downturn, Government has been doing all it can to help innovative companies like those featured in this report."

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Lord Paul Drayson

Minister of State for Science and Innovation

Speakers Commentary

"This country's success ultimately depends on a strong skills base and dynamic R&D both driving an innovative and competitive economy."

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Mike Carr

Chief Science Officer, BT Group

Speakers Commentary

"Increasing R&D spend is not only a good 'lead' indicator of successes yet to come, it is also a signal of business confidence."

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Sir David McMurtry

Chairman & Chief Executive, Renishaw plc

Speakers Commentary

"Our organic growth strategy has allowed us to build a continuously profitable business with an annual turnover in excess of £175m."

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Douglas Caster

Chief Executive, Ultra Electronics Holdings plc

Speakers Commentary

"Ultra, with its UK teaming partner GKN, has developed a revolutionary new system for protecting aircraft structures from ice build up during flight."

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2005

Sir Christopher O’Donnell

Chief Executive, Smith & Nephew plc

Speakers Commentary

"Smith & Nephew is a global medical devices business. We place a very high value on new products..... twenty percent of sales were new products developed in the last three years...we take research and development very seriously. "

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Richard Longdon

Chief Executive, AVEVA plc

Speakers Commentary

"To remain at the forefront of innovation AVEVA is investing nearly 20% of sales in R&D and then has an operating profit of just over 10% of sales."

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2004

Sir Peter Williams

Chairman Engineering and Technology Board and Chairman National Physical Laboratory

Speakers Commentary

"It is nevertheless this link between science, engineering and technology (SET), R&D, and wealth creation, which is often a pre-requisite for success."

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Gordon Page CBE

Charman Cobham PLC

Speakers Commentary

"The UK Aerospace industry relies absolutely upon a vibrant research and technology base to remain competitive."

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2003

Sir Tom McKillop

Chief Executive, AstraZeneca PLC

Speakers Commentary

"Innovation is the principal source of wealth creation and we need a good supply of well-trained scientists, passionate about research, if we are to compete successfully."

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Brian Harding

formerly of James Capel Stockbrokers

Speakers Commentary

" The share price effects of a growth strategy based largely on acquisitions are examined for a broad spectrum of manufacturing companies."

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2002

Sir David McMurtry

Chairman & Chief Executive, Renishaw plc

Speakers Commentary

"Manufacturing excellence is merely a requirement for survival, not a guarantee of long-term success."

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Brian Harding

formerly of James Capel Stockbrokers

Speakers Commentary

"In recent years UK companies in the quoted engineering, automotive and aerospace sectors have spent more on acquisitions than on R&D and capital investment combined."

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2001

Sir William Castell

Chief Executive, Amersham plc

Speakers Commentary

"The product is the medium by which knowledge-intensive industries deliver the fruits of their intellectual capital."

Sir William Castell

Andy Crossley

Head of UK Small Companies, INVESCO Asset Management Ltd

Speakers Commentary

"London, as a financial centre, has long been supportive of R&D-heavy businesses"

Andy Crossley