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Theme Industry


The heavy industrial basis of the economy from the 1700s onwards was founded upon coal.

Not just an industry in itself, it powered manufacturing, was the impetus for the development of the railway, the reason behind the growth of the ship building industry which built the ships which worked the coal trade, the engineering industries which grew up in its wake - rope-making, glass making and more...

Its influence reached around the world.

This innovation is continuing today with clusters of new industries - manufacturing, digital and creative businesses contributing key ideas on a global stage.

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