Renewing Britain's Legacy of Innovation

The country that launched the Industrial Revolution may be falling behind the times, says a new study, which also proposes some fixes

From the Industrial Revolution to the jet engine and bagless vacuum cleaners, and from the World Wide Web to the iPod, British people can claim credit for scads of innovations throughout the ages. This tradition of invention carried Britain through the end of the manufacturing era and into the service economy a clear decade ahead of the U.S., and the country still boasts low unemployment and a high growth rate. But all isn't as sunny as it seems on the Sceptred Isle. According to a recent, groundbreaking report about design, Britain needs to pep up its creative punch.

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