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The Eye has learnt over the years to pay attention when someone drops a name.

The Eye has learnt over the years to pay attention when someone drops a name. But Eye was confounded when a well-known figure in the industry confided: "I was on the phone to Vince last night." But which Vince? Vince Power? Sweet Gene Vincent?--a voice from beyond the grave, contactable via seance? Wait--surely not Vince Cable? The high-ranking industry man confirmed that this was the case. "And he called me!" The Department for Business Innovation and Skills, the Eye was told, was sympathetic to the needs of the manufacturing sector at a very senior level--hence the phone call. The energy department, on the other hand, was more of a problem. Still, the Eye felt encouraged that at least with some departments industry had a hotline to the heart of government.

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Title Annotation:Engineering eye
Publication:Professional Engineering Magazine
Article Type:Brief article
Geographic Code:4EUUK
Date:Jun 1, 2011
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