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March 2013

A Nation in Decry?

Ha-Joon Chang  is a Seoul born Cambridge (Wikipedia says ‘heterodox’) economist who was given 750 words to sum up the UK’s woes in the Saturday Guardian A Nation in Decay, 9/3/13.  Gosh, a  doomful title, reminiscent of the ‘80s!  Chang’s remedy occupied only 275 words (I will come back to this in part two of this blog).  But first, his credentials for advising us. While many of the demographic reading the Puntios blog had our formative years during Britain’s dramatic downwards spike as a volume manufacturer in the 1980s, and the accompanying but uneven revival of capitalism under Maggie, H-JC (born like me in 1963) was witnessing the continual march of his country towards the technological Premier League. We insufficiently respect South Korea.

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A Nation in Decry?

Surprising Confidence in R&D

Spending on research and development in the UK has increased since last year, according to a new survey, with over 70% of companies starting new R&D projects in the past 12 months.  The Puntios Innovation Finance Snapshot indicates a surprising degree of confidence throughout the UK technology base, given the wider economic conditions.  But a high level of postponed or cancelled R&D projects also suggests that although companies are still investing in R&D, they are focusing on projects that are close to market and are quick to cut riskier, longer term R&D.

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Surprising Confidence in R&D

Additional Results from the Innovation Finance Snapshot

In addition to the conclusion that confidence is surprisingly high in R&D, the Puntios Innovation Finance Snapshot results indicate that investment is returning to pre-recession levels.  It also however shows that PLCs could be doing much more to leverage R&D finance, and that the recovery in the manufacturing sector is weaker than other sectors.

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Additional Results from the Innovation Finance Snapshot