Prince praises business innovation in South West
Prince Andrew praised Plymouth and the South West for leading the way in terms of encouraging new business and developing technology during his visit to the city.
The Duke of York chatted to business innovators as he toured Plymouth University and met Lord Mayor Vivien Pengelly.
He was particularly interested in the people behind the fledgling enterprises he met in the university's Formation Zone and the cutting-edge technology companies using the university's £19 million Marine Building's wave tank.
The Duke said: "With a centre like this, I think Plymouth has got itself into a leading position and will continue to show leadership."
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He said the city and region were important in the development of new businesses and high-tech innovations – both of which are vital for the future of the UK.
He said the next generation of businesses need to be encouraged and added: "We need to grow businesses, so in future they can take over from the big ones that are there at the moment.
"If you think the UK depends on generating activity and trade we are going to have to breed the next generation.
"If we do not do that in the areas and technologies that other people have not thought about, we will not be in the forefront."
The Duke, a former UK Special Trade Representative, said universities such as Plymouth's are particularly vital for helping young people start businesses.