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Companies Visit at Number 10

Oct 15 2009

Tracey Brereton from Camspec Analytical Instruments was one of the representatives of UK exporters recently invited by the Prime Minister to 10 Downing Street on behalf of UK Trade and Investment.

Camspec, a successful UK manufacturer of spectro - photometers with an established export market has recently been acquired by family-owned Spectronic Analytical Instruments of Leeds, which has been a UK distributor for Camspec, for nearly forty years. UK Trade and Investment is the part of Government responsible for promoting exports and inward investment. One of Camspec’s goals is to further develop its export market. Tracey commented:

“Although Camspec has played a big part in the UK’s export market for some time, we at Spectronic are on a steep learning curve; I found the event to be extremely interesting and informative. We met and were able to ask questions of the Prime Minister, Business Secretary, Lord Mandelson, and Minister for Trade Investment and Business, Lord Davies, who outlined what the Government is doing to help UK exporters during the downturn.

"UK Trade and Investment has the expertise to help both established exporters and businesses like ours to tackle the intricacies of selling into the world marketplace, which can be daunting for a newcomer to the global scene. I was proud and honoured to be invited to join a gathering of so many successful exporters. It answered a lot of my questions, and I feel I can go forward with much more confidence as a result of my attendance.”

Jon Holmes, CEO of Michelson Diagnostics Limited was  also amongst guests invited by UK Prime Minister Gordon Brown to a reception for Britains’s entrepreneurs at No.10 Downing Street.

As a manufacturer of Multi-Beam Optical Coherence Tomography (OCT) scanners, the company was “very proud that Jon Holmes’ and Michelson Diagnostics’ achievements have been recognised in this way” and
extremely pleased that the potential of OCT imaging to transform healthcare had been recognised at the highest levels of UK government.

The reception, held on 22nd June 2009, was described by the Department of Business, Innovation & Skills (BIS) as being held to “honour Britain’s business heroes” and was to “recognise the contribution to business...of a selection of Britain’s most innovative entrepreneurs.”

At the event, Jon Holmes met with Lord Drayson, Minister for Science and Innovation, and with Lord Davies, Minister for Trade and Investment, and discussed with them the potential of Multi-Beam OCT products
and strategies for accelerating NHS adoption of advanced technologies.

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