A springboard to global growth
Andrew Cahn, UK Trade & Investment

Innovation: the business of shaping our world
David Golding, Technology Strategy Board

Going global
Jonathan Kestenbaum, NESTA

Diversity is good for innovation
Annette Williams, UKRC for Women in SET

Promoting physics supporting physicists
Institute of Physics

The cost-saving CEO
Taylor Wessing

The BIC network
UK Trade & Investment

Innovation inspires R&D tax relief



Addressing cross sectoral issues
Integrated Products Manufacturing KTN

Research Councils

Meeting the global challenge
Research Councils

The UK?s National Science and Innovation Campuses
Science & Technology Facilities Council

Aerospace & Defence

Enabling technology through innovative approaches
Aerospace & Defence KTN

Defence technologies for civilian applications
Ploughshare Innovations


Securing the future
Intellect Association for Biometrics


Supporting life sciences in the capital
London First

Tackling the threat of electronic crime
Cyber Security KTN


From invention to innovation
Electronics KTN

Grid Computing Now! KTN


A global fusion
UK Atomic Energy Authority

Design for a one planet economy
Giraffe Innovation

Managing carbon in the corporate and public sectors
Greenstone Carbon Management

Towards an energy efficient future
British Electrotechnical and Allied

Manufacturers Association (BEAMA) Home help
Energy Institute


Connecting people and technology
Health Technologies KTN

A centre of excellence for innovative translational research
University of Birmingham

Feeling your way to design success
NHS Institute for Innovation and Improvement

University-industry collaborations
Imperial College London

Lost in translation
Pearson Matthews Innovation Consultants

Location and Timing

Location and Timing KTN
Intelligent Transport Systems

Mapping the route to intelligent transport systems deployment
Innovits KTN

Drive down fleet costs and reduce carbon emissions?
Energy Saving Trust

DRIVENet and sustainable vehicle engineering
Oxford Brookes University


Breaking the mould
Manufacturing Technologies Association

University of Nottingham

An innovative history
Scott Bader

Innovation for tomorrow?s built environment
Modern Built Environment KTN


Innovations in materials deliver value for money
Materials KTN


Nanotechnology in the UK
Nano KTN

Linking technology push with market pull

Running the risks
European Nanotechnology Trade Alliance

Nanofabrication solutions
Kelvin Nanotechnology

Innovative science for global applications
Oxford Instruments

Leading positive change for global industry
The Centre for Process Innovation


Making light work for industry
Photonics KTN


Unlocking the potential of the UK?s sensing community
Sensors & Instruments KTN


Investing in the future
Invest Northern Ireland

Ulster innovation delivering business success
University of Ulster

Focus: Northern Ireland

Belfast ? a city of creativity and innovation
Belfast City Council

A natural centre for innovation
London Development Agency

England?s East Midlands ? an innovative region
East Midlands Development Agency

Making it in Leeds
The City of Leeds

Collaboration in wireless technologies
Wireless Centre of Industrial Collaboration

Industrial Collaboration at the University of Leeds
Engineering Design CIC

One North East

Focus: North West of England

Focus: South West of England

Be part of the equation
West of England Partnership

All change for Hastings
Innovation Centre Hastings

ITI Scotland


Raising the standards
UK Science Park Association

Special focus: collaboration
Edinburgh Science Triangle

Innovation: the key to economic growth
County Durham Development Company

Solutions across boundaries
Norwich Research Park

Partnership provides innovation success
Wolverhampton Science Park


The outsourcing advantage
Business Services Association

Fast start UK
Tenon Outsourcing

Inward investment trends

Divine intervention
British Business Angels Association

Know your rights
Intellectual Property Office

A perfect patent
Beresford & Co

Putting IP at the centre of business strategy
Cambridge Intellectual Property


Science lessons
GovNet Communications

Useful addresses



Making it in Leeds

Manufacturers in the city of Leeds have risen to the challenges of globalisation with a winning combination of enterprise and innovation that is enabling them to build market leadership and win new business around the world in the face of fierce competition

Leeds has justifiably won a reputation for itself as the UK?s leading centre for financial, legal and professional services, but it remains the country?s third largest manufacturing centre. With over 1,900 firms employing almost 39,000 people, the sector punches well above its weight, generating 11% of the city?s total £15 billion output.

Manufacturers in the city turn out a wide range of products, from artificial heart valves, to precision motor components and jet turbine blades. Specialised engineering remains the largest manufacturing sub-sector, with a workforce of around 13,600. Medical technology, print and publishing, together with food and drink production, are also major employers.

Innovation and enterprise

Brandon Medical operations director Adrian Hall demonstrates the revolutionary new audio visual system that has been installed in UK, Irish and Danish hospitals

Despite international trends towards outsourcing production to developing economies, Leeds companies have maintained and enhanced their position globally through innovation, diversification, and a shift into high tech product solutions and processes which are difficult to replicate.

Leeds-based company Glassflake, for example, is Europe?s largest producer of microscopic flaked glass particles, used for a variety of applications from paints and plastics to power stations. Competitors in the Far East have been unable to duplicate the unique production process, and Glassflake is growing its share of emerging markets in the Asia Pacific region via its recently established office in Perth, Australia.

General Manager Simon Brigham comments: ?There is tremendous potential for us to work with Chinese companies. Technology and product development is moving at a tremendous pace there and we?re concentrating our research and development to mirror this. ?We?re already supplying the rapidly expanding Chinese power station network. The car manufacturing industry is another sector we?re examining. We constantly innovate to keep ahead of our peers and have products and applications in the pipeline for the next seven years.?

Revolution in medical technology

Investment in research and development is central to the competitiveness of manufacturing companies, nowhere more so than in the field of healthcare technology, which thrives on continuous innovation. It has proved vital to the success of companies such as Xiros, a world leader in orthopaedic and ligament reconstruction technologies, which operates from premises close to Leeds Bradford International Airport.

?We have a continuous process of considering literally hundreds of ideas for surgical advancement, with around a dozen projects in progress at any one time,? says innovations manager David Beevers. The company exports 90% of its products and works closely with surgeons to develop solutions in-house and identify the best route to market.

This can either be through the Xiros ?Neoligaments? branded product range, or via commercial links with global medical devices companies. ?While much of our work has been about knee joints, particularly anterior cruciate ligament repairs and similar injuries of the types suffered by sportsmen and women, our expertise also extends into other areas of the body, including the ankle, shoulder and spine.?

Visionary solution

Award-winning Brandon Medical has developed a revolutionary audio visual system that uses video and audio over internet protocol to allow surgical procedures to be supervised and viewed in high definition from anywhere in the world. The Leeds company has already installed the system in UK, Irish and Danish hospitals but managing director Graeme Hall sees the system as having worldwide applications.

?Our digitally-based system delivers secure, high quality video and audio over the widest possible range of options and with substantial cost advantages compared to existing analogue systems.

?Whereas one UK hospital recently invested over £1 million equipping four theatres and one seminar room for analogue video coverage, we could cover 30 theatres and distribute the information to every room in the hospital with higher quality and greater functionality for £250,000,? says Hall. In addition to filming surgery and applications such as angiography with no degradation of picture quality, it can also handle video sources from Ultrasound, MRI equipment and Pacs digital X-rays.

Ideally suited to collaborative working and medical training, the system is also being applied successfully to intensive care and high dependency nursing units. Already exporting to more than 40 countries, Brandon has achieved annual growth rates of 30% and is well placed to take the techology into markets around the globe.

Paul Stephens, Leeds City Council?s chief economic services officer comments: ?Manufacturing in Leeds is incredibly diverse and the majority of companies in the sector are small to mediumsized businesses. They play a key role maintaining the diversity and vitality of the economy. But the common denominator is the combination of innovation and enterprise, which has been central to the success of Leeds companies like Glassflake, Xiros and Brandon Medical.?

Across the city of Leeds, modern laboratories, world-leading scientists and clinicians are combining with Europe?s largest medical school to put Leeds at the forefront of ground-breaking research into revolutionary and potentially life-saving new approaches to medicine. Around 32,000 people are employed in healthcare in Leeds, and Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust is the largest healthcare provider in Europe. Over 50% of the University of Leeds? total research income is generated by medical and healthcarerelated research.

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