Bristol & Bath Science Park at Made In the South West 2012
National roadmaps are needed to harness the outstanding research and emerging technologies in the region in order to create new industries in the South West, according to the Park’s chief executive Bonnie Dean.
Bonnie urged the South West’s best manufacturers to lead the way in a ‘new future’ at the inaugural Made In The South West Awards on Thursday 8 November at Bristol’s Marriot Hotel.
She said: "We need to issue a call to action to ourselves, to the universities and to the government."
As a guest speaker at the event, Bonnie said:
"Other advanced economies have recognised the growth potential of these emerging technologies and have created national roadmaps to ensure that their industries are at the forefront of global competition."
Bonnie suggested that a roadmap for success might follow the approach taken to deliver London 2012.
She said: “I was completely entranced by Team GB’s performance at the Olympics; on time, on budget and record gold medals. But this was not serendipity. It was a course established 20 years ago under John Major. Leadership, roles, responsibilities and funding were set up to ensure the UK ‘raised its game’ in future Olympics.
“A new framework for key industries, existing and emerging, based on the principles used by the UK to achieve the impressive outcomes at the Olympics, could be used to develop a new ecosystem of business growth in the UK.”
Bonnie said to the award winners and nominees that the UK invests around £5 billion annually in research which could potentially be developed to open up a new world of commercial applications.
Made in the South West Awards is South West Business Insider magazine’s celebration of manufacturers and manufacturing in the region, celebrating world-class products coming out of the South West. There are nine awards.