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'Success due to rich heritage of engineering talent'

July 16, 2014

BRINGING together an industry of academia, technology, engineers and entrepreneurs has been a lifetime work for the chief executive of Bristol and Bath Science Park, Bonnie Dean.

Bonnie, who has managed the science park for seven years and always worked in the field of advanced engineering, said Bristol's success in the tech sector was down to a rich heritage of engineering talent.

Bonnie said: "There's a legacy of high-tech industry here that has developed over decades.

"We have three strong universities, which means there's a steady stream of skilled graduates coming out that are available to businesses who are growing, and we also have a very large pool of experienced managers and executives, which is a positive for companies coming here to setup." Big companies like mobile solutions giant Somo, are moving to Bristol because of the access to a "very deep pool of engineering talent", according to Bonnie.

She said: "It's also very accessible to London so you have access to the airports which is important if you're an international company. I see London very much as a portal. It's complementary to Bristol and I don't see it as a competitive situation."

When asked about what's coming up for Bristol, Bonnie hinted at more exciting developments in technology. "At the moment we have things in stealth mode. I can't say who but there is work being done that ranges from software development to the development of robotics and the development of solutions to autoimmune diseases." She added: "It's a very exciting period right now and Bristol and Bath are well situated to take advantage of it. I'm biased but I think we give any other city region a good run for its' money. The future is very positive for this region."


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Source: Bristol Evening Post (England)


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