Nicola Blackwood MP visits local high-tech firm, Oxford Instruments
17 May 2013
Nicola Blackwood, MP for Oxford West and Abingdon, today met with Jonathan Flint, Chief Executive of Oxford Instruments. Oxford Instruments, based in Tubney Woods, is a leading supplier of high technology tools and systems for industry and research.
During her meeting with Jonathan Flint, Nicola was keen to learn what the Government can do to help businesses like Oxford Instruments both at a national level and local level. Jonathan said that the recent Government initiatives around the Patent Box and corporation tax were very welcome but feels that more could be done to promote the real benefits a focus on science and technology would bring to the future of the UK economy. On local issues, Mr Flint praised the high skill levels that are available in Oxfordshire and is keen to support science and engineering education and training in the area.
Today it was announced that a world’s first quantum computer was being installed at a lab in the US for a project led by NASA and Google on research advanced machine learning. The system at the heart of this quantum computer is Oxford Instruments Triton® dilution refrigerator and Nicola met the people involved in assembling this state of the art instrument. Nicola Blackwood said “I have been impressed at the enthusiasm and commitment of this highly skilled workforce and was delighted to visit a business which is clearly one of the UK’s leading high tech companies.