Sir James Dyson criticises government for obsession with 'Silicon Roundabout'

Lucie Mitchell
Contributing Editor
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Entrepreneur Sir James Dyson has urged the government to stop its "fixation with Silicon Roundabout" and instead focus on "tangible technology" that Britain can export.

The inventor of the bagless vacuum cleaner warned that ministers are getting distracted by the glamour of "web fads and video gaming".
Tangible technology represents a better investment than Tech City, also known as 'Silicon roundabout', in London's Old Street area, which is home to various web and video games companies, he said.
In an interview with the Radio Times, he also warned of a shortfall of 60,000 engineering graduates this year.
"The government must do more to attract the brightest and best into engineering and science so that we can compete internationally," he said.
"26% of engineering graduates do not go into engineering or technical professions. More worrying is that 85% of all engineering and science postgraduates in our universities come from outside the UK. Yet nine in 10 leave the UK after they finish their studies. British knowledge is simply taken abroad."
Last month, the government announced a £50m investment in Tech City, to create a 'civic space' for startups and entrepreneurs.


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By furtle
09th Jan 2013 23:42

-- keith77777 I agree with Mr Dyson that there is too much attention to those "Dahn Sarth" with faster chips than anyone else (which does not always matter). But I am fed up with hearing that there is a shortage of engineers,what is usually meant is, there is a shortage of engineers wishing to work for low wages. Thats where imigration comes in, they are a cheap source of engineers. Also graduates tend to go in for management and shun research where they are needed. Who can blame them for getting on the promotion ladder?

While I am on the subject of Goverment help, this is aimed at medium sized companies and who is going to borrow when the goods are not being sold. 


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