In recent years, Cambridge, like many university cities, has seen some of its largest companies acquired by overseas investors. There are conflicting arguments as to whether external acquisition of local businesses is good for these cities, but when it comes to Cambridge, it begs the question "who will create and grow the next generation of the successful Cambridge companies?"
There are a large number of start-ups in Cambridge, spawned both from the University and other sources. As tax lead for PwC's Fast Growth team in Cambridge I am constantly encouraged by the University's determination to foster stronger links between the ideas and brains within the University and the capacity and entrepreneurial drive of the local business community.
As Pro-Vice-Chancellor for Enterprise and Business Relations, Professor Neely (pictured) will lead a strategy to enhance and develop the university’s engagements and partnerships with industry and commerce and the wider enterprise economy in the region. He said: “Universities make a difference in the world through their research, education and engagement and I am looking forward to working with colleagues from across the university to help strengthen our relationships with large and small firms alike.”