Secretary of State Vince Cable visits the Innovation Centre

Last Thursday (12 January) staff at the Innovation Centre welcomed Secretary of State Vince Cable to Carpenter House to hear about their work in the start-up sector and business support activities.

Secretary of State Vince Cable visits the Innovation Centre. Left to right: Bath Liberal Democrat MP Don Foster, Director of the Innovation Centre Simon Bond, Secretary of State Vince Cable, Director of RDSO Dr Rob Head

Secretary of State Vince Cable visits the Innovation Centre. Left to right: Bath Liberal Democrat MP Don Foster, Director of the Innovation Centre Simon Bond, Secretary of State Vince Cable and Director of RDSO Dr Rob Head.

Mr Cable was joined by Bath Liberal Democrat MP Don Foster and given a tour of the Centre by Director Simon Bond and Rob Head, Director of RDSO (Research, Development & Support Office).

Simon Bond gave a presentation on the Centre’s work in the start-up sector and its strategy to bring innovation and competitiveness to medium sized research-intensive companies in the local area.

Simon said: "I was delighted to have the attention of the Secretary of State coming to the Innovation Centre and understanding more about our work. It is very pleasing to have his support of our forward looking plans to work ever closer with research intensive businesses."

The politicians also met a host of researchers including Dr Andrew Dent from the University’s RepRap Project team and Dr Adam Joinson from the School of Management. The delegation heard about the businesses that have taken the opportunity to have one-on-one sessions using the RepRap technology and were provided with an overview of the work conducted within the Interactions Lab which is a recent addition to the Innovation Centre.

Mr Cable’s visit was part of a tour in which he also visited City of Bath College, a strategic partner of the University, where he officially opened their new £5 million building development.

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