Tech company Dyson employs 3,500 people in the UK, but chief executive Sir James has warned of a “severe shortage” of qualified engineers.
Saturday, May 13, 2023 05:43, UK
Billionaire businessman Sir James Dyson has launched new criticisms of the prime minister, saying his pledge to turn the UK into a science and technology superpower is a “pure political slogan”.
The founder and chief engineer of multinational technology company Dyson also complained – in a letter to The Times – that he has yet to meet Rishi Sunakdespite being a big businessman in the UK.
“Ministers brazenly talk about Britain becoming a ‘scientific and technological superpower’ but their bad policies have turned this into a mere political slogan,” he wrote.
“In the UK, Dyson now faces a spike in corporate tax (removing all tax credits for research and development)… and a severe shortage of qualified engineers.”
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Rishi Sunak vows to turn UK into ‘scientific superpower’
Mr Sunak’s ambition to turn the UK into a post-Brexit scientific superpower has come true. the center of his prime minister. An important part of this was the creation of a new Ministry of Science, Innovation and Technology.
In January, Sir James accused the government of taking a “short-sighted” approach to business, warning the prime minister that growth shouldn’t be seen as a “dirty word”.
A government spokesman says the UK is open to business as an “innovation country”.
“We are proud of the largest technology sector in Europe, reaching a total market value of £1 million by 2022, we have the lowest corporate tax rates in the G7 and we have a leading edge. world of science and R&D – backed by our £20 billion R&D target and introduction of policies like full spending,” they said.
“This will drive stronger growth, better jobs and bold new discoveries, bringing together key technologies of the future such as quantum and artificial intelligence for the first time into one dedicated Department.” in Science, Innovation and Technology.”
While Jeremy Hunt’s Fall BudgetThe UK’s science and technology sector is still alive after the dreaded spending cuts – but those in the sector warn the government will need to do more to realize the UK’s potential as a “scientific superpower”.