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A Welsh view on innovation, science and business

Dr carys lloyd | bbc radio cymru | 27 February 2017

PA Consulting Group’s Dr Carys Lloyd, a technology expert and physicist, is interviewed by Gari Wyn on his lunchtime programme about Business and Entrepreneurship viewed through a Welsh lens on BBC Radio Cymru, the national Welsh radio station in Wales.

The 30 minute interview explores the role that science has in solving real business problems, enabling sustainable business growth and ultimately enriching the lives of communities and nations. The interview raises a number of topics close to Carys’ heart, including the importance of encouraging young people and especially women, to take up and stay in STEM careers, as well as the tremendous opportunities science and technology holds for economic growth within Wales.

Carys highlights the importance of working collaboratively working with her 200+ scientific colleagues at PA's Cambridge Technology Centre when it comes to solving some of industry’s most challenging problems. “We have laboratories and workshops of all sorts here in Cambridge to create brand new products, prototypes and machines for our clients. Some might describe it as an Aladdin’s Cave of science.”

Carys goes on to say: “In my mind, science discovery is very much like play, where curiosity leads to new insights. Having so many talented colleagues to bounce off ideas in our wide range of labs helps us solve pressing problems in an innovative and accelerated way”.

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When asked if she would like to return to Wales one day, Carys responds: “I often return to Wales to visit family however it would be wonderful if PA had some more STEM clients in Wales that I could also visit. Technology companies are punching above their weight in Wales, and despite a challenging economic backdrop, Wales has proved to be fruitful ground to grow new technology businesses.

"Indeed, the number of technology companies in Wales increased from 3,000 in 2014 to 3,275 in one year – a rise of nearly 10% and comparable to technology business growth rates in London. We should celebrate these achievements and realise that success breeds success.”

Carys concludes the interview by saying: “Picking winning technologies is important for economic prosperity and as Wales continues to do this, it will continue to flourish in this space”.

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