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Business Weekly’s Tony Quested on the companies and issues impacting on Cambridge’s economic growth.

Young entrepreneurs must be schooled in needs of society

After tiger mums, tiger teachers. The Government's strategy to start educating schoolchildren as young as five in entrepreneurship is laudable if a tad ambitious given prevailing literacy and numeracy rates.

UK must cool Viagra maker's ardour

It is only a matter of time before Pfizer turns officially hostile in its desperation to land AstraZeneca.

Timely homage to Sinclair, the great Cambridge inventor

Edison was generalising but he might well have been epitomising Clive Sinclair in all his anarchic glory when he said: “There are no rules here – we're trying to accomplish something.”

Papworth betrayal cuts out heart of UK competitiveness

The latest incarnation of Robin Hood policy from the Government could have lasting and extremely damaging repercussions for Cambridge, for medical science, for the UK economy and for future generations.

Cambridge torchbearers fan the flames of technology

The term Silicon Valley was first coined by a California entrepreneur in 1971 – around the same time the first buildings were going up at Cambridge Science Park in the UK and the first tenants starting to move in.

UK grounded by aviation policy myopia

Acronyms are a device much loved by governments, pressure groups, pseudo intellectuals and people with limited vocabulary where letters or parts of words prevent having to pronounce them out in full.

HP has handed Lynch the keys to the safe

It was obvious to everyone apart from HP that when they showed Cambridge UK technology entrepreneur Mike Lynch the door following the acquisition of Autonomy they were committing commercial hara-kiri.

Roast Nigella – a new recipe for Christmas

There’s not been too much seasonal goodwill around for the nation’s favourite domestic goddess, Nigella Lawson.

Cambridge technology – foul play suspected

A nationality row has failed to erupt over the ethnic composition of the Cambridge Technology Entrepreneurs First XI – the dream team whose bid to dominate world business is only being blocked by the US All Stars in Silicon Valley.

Oscars for also-rans

Whisper it softly lest the news triggers national hysteria on a scale that makes the Salem witchcraft wailings seem like a Harpo Marx soliloquy.

Business is NOT a boat race

You’d think it was the boat race or a Varsity rugger match. “Oxford can overtake Cambridge as a global centre for high technology business,” according to one of its top academics, Professor Peter Dobson, a local newspaper headline trumpets.

Cambridge creating Billionaires Row

It’s hardly in the realms of the Asters and Vanderbilts but business executives in Cambridge are gradually steering the UK’s science and technology cluster into its own Gilded Age with more and more companies set to walk down Billionaire’s Row.

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