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  1. March 16, 2014

    Lack of engineers threatens UK recovery, say industrialists

    A growing shortage of engineering skills threatens to hold back industry’s nascent recovery and wreck efforts to rebalance...

  2. February 12, 2014

    EU professionals find plenty of work in UK

    Sir James Dyson made headlines last month when he announced his household appliances group would create 3,000 science and...

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  1. February 2, 2014

    Stop kicking out bright foreigners, or put British jobs at risk

    Are British engineers an endangered species? It seems so, to go by the acute shortage currently facing technology companies....

  2. January 29, 2014

    UK lacks ‘real’ engineering apprenticeships

    Stephen Wright is only looking to fill four jobs in his engineering distribution company, but he is struggling to find...

  3. October 17, 2013

    UK system: Agency and government look for ways to compete

    James Dyson reckons the UK’s system for protecting intellectual property is broken. “Patents are expensive to file in the...

  4. September 10, 2013

    Dyson sues Samsung over ‘rip off’ vacuum

    Sir James Dyson has once again turned to the courts to defend his company’s intellectual property, accusing South Korean...

  5. September 4, 2013

    Dyson to take on record number of recruits

    Dyson has launched its biggest recruitment drive yet with plans to triple the number of engineers taken on this year in the...

  6. September 4, 2013

    Better to offshore, than to crash out

    British manufacturers often serve the UK best by relocating chunks of their operations overseas. Inventor James Dyson was...

  7. August 4, 2013

    Enough limelight for both bosses

    A plain white room in a warehouse in rural Wiltshire. Futuristic vacuum cleaners and bladeless fans are stood on plinths....

  8. August 2, 2013

    Richard Branson, Arianna Huffington and more on perfect summers

    Mira Nair, film-maker How are you spending the summer? I’m spending the summer at our home in Kampala, weaning myself off my...

  9. MBA blog

    June 21, 2013

    What lies ahead, after the final lecture?

    I had my final day of class recently. The leadership module was a fitting end to the 12 modules I attended at Durham...

  10. June 13, 2013

    Copyright and intellectual property

    Recent “patent wars” between mobile-phone makers Apple, Samsung, HTC and others over smartphone technology have highlighted...

  11. May 12, 2013

    Rotork’s famous sons

    Although Rotork’s development of valve actuators has established itself as a British industrial success story, the FTSE 250...

  12. February 5, 2013

    Dyson launches high-tech dryers

    Sir James Dyson, the UK-based design and engineering entrepreneur, has launched a family of hand dryers using the latest...

  13. January 9, 2013

    Employment growth ‘signals skills shortage’

    Skills shortages will worsen this year if employment growth continues to outstrip the sluggish economy, a leading...

  14. January 2, 2013

    UK faces prolonged stagnation, says poll

    Almost three-quarters of the leaders of Britain’s largest companies fear the country faces a prolonged period of stagnation...

  15. MBA blog

    November 29, 2012

    The myth of the mature market

    By 1999, the Dyson vacuum cleaner could be found in almost a quarter of homes in the UK. The product, which had been on...

  16. October 24, 2012

    Dyson files claim against Bosch

    Dyson, the UK appliance company owned and run by Sir James Dyson, has started legal proceedings against Bosch, alleging that...

  17. September 7, 2012

    Dyson to launch in China after bumper year

    Resilient growth in developed markets helped Dyson, the maker of the eponymous vacuum cleaner, reach an annual turnover of...

  18. beyondbrics

    September 4, 2012

    Further reading: copy and paste

    Tuesday’s trimmings from the beyondbrics team: James Dyson on plagiarism and how investors are losing out; 400,000 flee...

  19. August 21, 2012

    Memoirs to boost your inner tycoon

    The most inspiring books for anyone starting a business are autobiographies by entrepreneurs. They are far more uplifting...

  20. May 31, 2012

    Universities short of a business brain

    From Mr Roger Gill. Sir, If one contrasts Prof David Infield’s view (Letters, May 9) that “Higher education is undeniably a...

  21. May 30, 2012

    Chief executives in the shadows

    When Nicky Clarke, the celebrity hairdresser behind the eponymous brand, went to Buckingham Palace in 2008 to receive an OBE...

  22. March 31, 2012

    SMEs’ needs will always be overlooked

    From Mr Andrew Mitchell. Sir, Sarah Gordon’s excellent critique of the chancellor’s budget proposals for small and...

  23. February 12, 2012

    Dyson aims to expand as sales top £1bn

    Dyson, the electrical appliances group, plans to hire 300 new employees to help it expand, as sales surpassed £1bn in 2011....

  24. October 19, 2011

    US needs to retain scientific talent as well as nurture it

    From Sir James Dyson. Sir, John Gapper (“Don’t boot out tomorrow’s Nobels”, Comment, October 13) addresses a growing issue:...

  25. September 23, 2011

    The Inventory: James Dyson

    James Dyson, 64, is best known for his invention of the bagless vacuum cleaner, launched in 1993. He was knighted in 2006....

  26. September 15, 2011

    Dyson heater seen as the key to tech refocus

    After selling millions of bagless vacuum cleaners, towel-less dryers and bladeless fans, Sir James Dyson has moved into the...

  27. September 15, 2011

    Dyson lures engineers with golden hello

    Banking-style so-called golden hello bonuses of £3,000 are being offered to lure graduate engineers to Dyson, the UK company...

  28. September 2, 2011

    Business of the Year: Dyson wins flagship prize

    The Private Business of the Year category, sponsored by PwC in association with HSBC Private Bank, is the flagship prize in...

  29. August 23, 2011

    Adopting Apple’s ‘fabless’ approach

    The US contains many semiconductor businesses that like Picochip operate in the same virtual manner – employing what is...

  30. August 15, 2011

    Bladeless fan rip-offs trim Dyson’s profit

    China’s failure to crack down on the production of copycat versions of the Dyson Air Multiplier, the bladeless fan launched...

  31. July 21, 2011

    Ultimate ‘have skills, will travel’ profession

    From Mr Andrew Rowlands. Sir, John Parker and James Dyson (July 18 and 19) are right to underscore the importance of...

  32. July 20, 2011

    Engineers are not blowing their own trumpets

    From Mr Fred J. Perkins. Sir, While I entirely agree with Sir James Dyson (Letters, July 19) and Sir John Parker (“Call for...

  33. July 19, 2011

    Lay a path for tomorrow’s engineers

    From Sir James Dyson. Sir, Sir John Parker is right. We do need more engineers – an inventive Britain must export its ideas...

  34. June 16, 2011

    Sugar fires broadside at engineers

    Britain’s engineers have blown a collective fuse after Lord Sugar, one of the country highest profile business people,...

  35. March 28, 2011

    Campaign to foster start-ups backed by PM

    Thousands of people could be successful entrepreneurs but have done nothing about it, the prime minister will say on Monday...

  36. March 23, 2011

    All hail the March of the Makers

    History students will recall that staple event of countries in economic decline, the enterprise day parade, when peasants...

  37. February 22, 2011

    Ten Questions - Laura Mace

    Laura Mace: “Knowing my limits is important” Laura Mace is an MBA student at Manchester Business School in the UK. Born in...

  38. February 21, 2011

    UK falls behind on applications for patents

    UK businesses are falling behind the their peers elsewhere in the world in patenting new ideas, international figures have...

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