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MoD science helping businesses to grow.

Companies in the North-East are the latest targets for the Ministry of Defence. The Defence Diversification Agency (DDA), an MoD body, is helping businesses in the region innovate and grow by providing them with access to the UK's world-class defence technology, as John Gates, DDA northern regional director based in Sunderland, explains.

He said: "We're here to help North-East businesses access leading-edge government science and technology from within the MoD to help them develop new products or processes, find new customers and expand into new market sectors.

"Companies asking, `How could defence technology possibly help me?' are often intrigued to learn of current examples.

"For example defence experts have used stealth technology to help the manufacturing of pencils, that signal-processing techniques developed for military communications have improved heart monitoring for unborn babies and that meteorological technology used for defence helps racing drivers make their cars go faster."

Such examples illustrate how widely applicable defence technology can be to industry ( and businesses can get access to this knowledge through the DDA.

Mr Gates said: "The DDA is unique in that we can help companies tap into some of the most creative and original thinking in technology in the world today.

"We can also gain access to the MoD's extensive research and development facilities, a treasure trove of technological know-how to help North-East business, particularly the smaller companies, succeed and grow."

Set up by the Government in 1999, the team at the DDA has helped nearly 6,000 UK companies, working from 26 regional offices.

"It's all about helping to reduce the flow of jobs out of the country by producing better, more competitive products, rather than cutting costs or workforces.

" Identifying innovative solutions is crucial for the health of business and job creation in the North-East and the UK," he said.

To find out how the DDA can help your business grow and diversify, contact John Gates on (0191) 516-4400 or email jgates@dda.gov.uk
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Publication:The Journal (Newcastle, England)
Date:Sep 20, 2005
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