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Dyson Medic Names Manchester Vacs Recommended Dyson Spare Parts Retailer

Manchester, England (PRWEB) May 11, 2013

The specialist Dyson vacuum cleaner spare parts specialists http://manchestervacs.co.uk have re-launched their online spare parts store.

Already the largest independent retail Dyson spare parts suppliers in the north of England, Manchester Vacs have now extended their product ranges even further. The spares listings now cover every upright model Dyson have produced from the DC01 right up to the DC50, whilst adding spares also for non-UK cylinder models such as the DC29.

The range of Dyson spare parts now supplied by Manchester Vacs far exceed what Dyson themselves make available to the public, and they also offer many spare parts that Dyson refuse to make available even to the trade. You can buy the DC25 brushroll motors from Manchester Vacs that no other UK Dyson spare parts supplier is able to source.

Manchester Vacs continues to innovate and has once more turned the Dyson spares market on its head.

Recycled Dyson spare parts have always been a large part of the Manchester Vacs business model. Despite getting larger over the years, that hasn’t changed. The new online store still features many recycled and reconditioned parts. Customer feedback suggested that people enjoy not only saving money, but also being green at the same time. Recycled parts are a great way to do that. It is claimed that each of us throws away over three tonnes of broken electrical appliances during the course of our lives. Repairing and extending the life of your Dyson is green. It’s a small cog in the large machine that is our future sustainability.

The online store has now opened its doors to the world market making it easier for customers in Australia, the USA and elsewhere to source hard-to-find Dyson spare parts right from the home of Dyson: England. Manchester Vacs will also ship to some countries that many parts suppliers refuse to trade with such as Russia and Ukraine.

“Manchester Vacs supplies Dyson parts that are simply not available anywhere else. They were the first to sell brushroll removal tools in the UK, and they are the first to sell DC25 Johnson brushroll motors and PCB’s. They continue to innovate and turn the Dyson spares market on its head.” wrote Angus Black, the author of the ‘Unofficial Dyson DC07 Workshop Manual’ and spokesperson for http://dysonmedic.com – the oldest Dyson review site on the internet.

Manchester Vacs also give their site visitors and customers access to a global internet advice forum for Dyson enthusiasts and repairers. Its many hundreds of active members, expert advisors and experienced contributors from the US, Australia, Canada, South Africa and the UK, can advise the DIY repairer free of charge.

The new online Dyson spare parts shop at Manchester Vacs gives customers access to a highly innovative predictive search feature allowing them to find the parts they need with ease. Delivery is free on all UK orders over £25. They have also slashed three hundred prices across the store and now stand as one of the most competitive Dyson spare parts specialists on the internet.

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Dyson DC33 Discount Online

Manchester Vacs have done it again! 

In the 1990’s they brought you brand new DC04’s at unbeatable prices. They sold hundreds.

In the naughties they brought you brand new ‘grey imported’ DC15’s at unbeatable prices. They sold hundreds.

In June 2012 they are offering brand new DC33’s at just £199. Yes, £199 including FREE UK mainland delivery.

I spoke to Claire from Manchester Vacs on the telephone today and I got the heads up on this offer that started today! She told me she doesn’t know how long the deal will last, and they don’t know how many they can get, but they are available right now and they are selling like hot cakes!

This is the gold and silver DC33 Multi Floor with HEPA filters.

Dyson DC33 Buy Online

It sells on Dyson’s website for £269.99. >>See here for proof<<

It sells on Amazon from the cheapest seller for £214.09 with delivery. >>See here for proof<<

Manchester Vacs can sell it for £199 including standard courier mainland UK delivery and a two year Dyson guarantee. While stocks last……. so that means be quick! 

You can click the button below to go to the page for the deal.

Discount Dyson DC33

If you see them on that page, they are still available. If you don’t see them on that page, they have all gone and you have missed the boat. Continue reading

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Dyson ‘Special Offer’ Service Telephone Calls are a Scam.

Why do we say to you that cold-calling telephone sales people who want to service your Dyson are a scam?

Well, first of all – they are NOT from Dyson!
When you have the “fly-by-night” cowboys in your home to do a twenty minute Dyson DC07 service, they will not do a proper job.

“Why not?” you may ask. Well, the reason is, that with a Dyson DC07, a professional service involves stripping the cyclone down and cleaning it – preferably with a power washer or a steam cleaner – to restore optimal performance.

You may not know this, because if you have read your Dyson instruction manual you won’t know what needs to be done. If you have read your Dyson DC07 Workshop Manual you will know what needs to be done.

I stripped a Dyson DC07 down a few days ago and it was blocked up in such a way that no “at home” service would be able to fix it. Look at this photo when I took off the cyclone top:

I spent thirty minutes cleaning and power-washing it so it looked like this:

Which is what it is supposed to look like if you expect it to work.

Today, I was reading over the old Dyson Medic site that was written a few years ago, and I was surprised that amongst the motor swap, belt change and filter service guides we wrote back then, that we didn’t discuss cyclone cleaning more.

It was covered very comprehensively in the Dyson DC07 Repair Manual, but not everyone has one of those. Some guys only like “free” download stuff and don’t want to pay for anything. Similarly, we at Dyson Medic sometimes hold a little something back that we will give you in one of our written books.

As Dyson Medic is one of the biggest and most-trusted after-market Dyson brands in the world, we hope you’ll buy something off us one day. If only to learn a few ‘trade secrets’ that we wont publish on our websites. 🙂

Anyway, the point of this short article was to implore you not to skimp on a Dyson DC07 service. Do NOT employ people who ‘do it in your home’ as they won’t have the facilities to clean your cyclone properly. Look at the photographs again – those cyclones block up and need cleaning properly!

A warning: Never accept anyone coming to your home to service or repair your Dyson who cold calls you. That is always a scam company who will rip you off!

Read about the Dyson scammers who ‘service in your home’ on the Dyson forums here: Dyson ‘special offer’ telephone calls are a scam. Continue reading

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Manchester Dyson Repairs and Service

Manchester Vacs was founded as a Dyson spare parts and service specialist based in Manchester. Since that time, they have grown to be one of the North West’s largest independent and trusted service professionals for Dyson vacuum cleaners.

With over 30 years experience in the vacuum cleaner industry, Manchester Vacs has become renowned for excellent service. They pride themselves on providing good value to their ever-expanding customer base.

Their website offers much free information on DIY repairs to Dyson vacuum cleaners. With their wealth of Dyson knowledge, and their fast, friendly service, makes Manchester Vacs your one stop Dyson shop for Manchester, Stockport, Salford, Cheshire, Oldham, Lancashire and Tameside. If you are looking for a Dyson service in Manchester, look no further than Manchester Vacs.

Manchester Vacs is the original Manchester Vacs – click the red button below to visit the website.

Beware Unscrupulous Dyson Service Companies!
Such is their success in the Manchester area in recent years, that a few other individuals have set up copycat sites using similar themes, logos and fonts. These unscrupulous operators usually plagiarise the Manchester Vacs website for their material – which is illegal – and Manchester Vacs have been successful in having several copycat websites closed down to date.

Unfortunately, rogue Dyson ‘service’ companies are abundant in Manchester and Tameside. Most of the rogue Dyson service companies operate without commercial premises and prefer to ply their trade in your home. This way, they can take your machine to pieces and try to sting you for sometimes as much as £100 for a simple repair that would cost maybe a fifth of that with a reputable Dyson repairer.

Dyson have been made aware of more than 25 bogus companies and has been contacting customers personally to warn them of the scams. Trading standards have investigated several dubious Dyson service and repair companies in the Manchester area masquerading as legitimate operations. Most operate amateur built websites that are full of stolen images, Dyson’s trademark and one site we know of have even stolen Dyson’s official videos and overlaid them with their own text in order to dupe customers on Google into thinking that they may be in some way official Dyson agents.

If you seek service or repair for your Dyson in the Manchester or Tameside area, choose a trusted professional that have a bricks and mortar shop and and a good local reputation. Choose Manchester Vacs. Continue reading

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Just Released Dyson DC07 Workshop Manual Shows DIY Enthusiasts How To Fix Their Dyson Vacuum Cleaner at Home

Aberdeen, Scotland December 06, 2011

The specialist Dyson vacuum cleaner engineer Angus Black has used his own experience – spanning almost thirty years – to create a fully illustrated workshop and service manual for the Dyson DC07 available to all DIY Dyson enthusiasts, while shattering the myths that suggested Dysons were too complicated for the practically-inclined layman to work on.

The specialist Dyson vacuum cleaner engineer Angus Black has used his own experience – spanning almost thirty years – to create a fully illustrated workshop and service manual for the Dyson DC07 available to all DIY Dyson enthusiasts, while shattering the myths that suggested Dysons were too complicated for the practically-inclined layman to work on.

The tongue-in-cheek cover, which features a sexy blonde in a tight white t-shirt, hard hat and torn jeans, standing amongst several Dyson DC07’s, has already caused some controversy among feminist groups and made the book’s sales jump, thanks to the unsought publicity.

“The author has created something which genuinely offers the ‘inside scoop.’ It is an absolute must-read for anyone seeking a DC07 maintenance guide,” wrote David Myers, a technician at Manchester Vacs, an independent Dyson specialist.

The author, Angus Black, shares little-known trade secrets about the Dyson DC07, together with where to source special Dyson trade-only tools. He claims that each of us throws away over three tonnes of broken electrical appliances during the course of our lives. Repairing and extending the life of your Dyson is green. It’s a small cog in the large machine that is our future sustainability.

The book corrects common misperceptions and enlightens people about Dyson DC07 maintenance and repairs. All the most popular repairs are explored with candour and common sense. There are many illustrations throughout the book, and best of all is the comprehensive DC07 motor replacement guide.

The final chapters offer practical advice on sourcing parts and machines. Why parts from eBay might not be as good a deal as you imagine and access to on-line resources like video how-to guides and specialist trade-only Dyson sites.

Black also gives his readers access to a global internet advice forum for Dyson enthusiasts and repairers. Its many hundreds of active members, expert advisors and experienced contributors from the US, Australia, Canada, South Africa and the UK, can advise on any relevant issues that are not covered in the book.

The “Unofficial Dyson DC07 Workshop Manual – All you need to know to perform any DIY repair to your Dyson DC07” is already being referred to as the “bible” on the Dyson DC07. It is now available from http://www.DysonWorkshopManuals.com and at major bookshops and e-retailers. ISBN 978-0-9556874-1-9
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The Dyson Vacuum Cleaner Forums Newsletter – Autumn 2011

Hello Dyson Enthusiast,

As a member of the unofficial Dyson Forums, we just wanted to take an opportunity to bring you up to date with a few happenings, a few special offers and a handful of other things that may be of interest to you.

Do you have a Dyson repair shop in the US or Australia? If so, you are welcome to place an informational post about yourself in the “Worldwide Dyson Resources” section. Use where you are in the title. For example: “Jackson’s Dyson Repairs in Idaho.” All we ask in return is that you look around our forums and answer a few questions when you can.

Can you help out our new member Lawrie7062? He has a problem with his DC14. The topic is here: My DC14 “backfiring”.

Those in the UK have likely never have seen a DC04/DC07/DC14 brush roll and belt removal tool. We are the sole UK stockists of these tools. You can see a tutorial and read all about them here: Dyson Belt & Brush Bar Removal Tool (Belt Lifter Tool) Tutorial.

Do you own a DC07? Our member Angus Black has released a Dyson DC07 workshop manual. It is only available in paperback, and you can get one directly from his site here: The Unofficial Dyson DC07 Workshop Manual.

Do you have a favourite Dyson? Did you vote in our poll? Here is the link: Poll — Which is your favourite Dyson? Vote Now! Up to now, the DC07 is in the lead with 32.5% of votes. If you havent voted already, we want your vote!

And last but not least, we work quite hard to make sure people can find us on Google. But we like to know how you found us originally. Was it a link from another site? Was it from Google? Was it from an email or a recommendation? Tell us. Here is the topic: New Members – How did you find us?

Thanks for reading. You are receiving this newsletter as a member of the Dyson Forums. Don’t worry, you wont be getting three a week; nor will your details be passed to any other organisation or entity. But, we would love to see you as an active partcipant on our forums. Why not drop by and say hello?

Regards,
The Dyson Forum – Dyson Advice – Dyson Discussion Board – Dyson Talk Team.
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Dyson DC07 Maintenance Guide – Service Book – Workshop Manual

Are you looking for a Dyson DC07 workshop manual? Until recently, nobody had published a DC07 service book – now they have. The Unofficial Dyson DC07 Workshop Manual is available only in paperback – there is no “e-book”.

The author, Angus Black, shares his own thirty years of experience repairing vacuum cleaners. He shares little-known trade secrets about the Dyson DC07, together with where to source trade-only tools.

“The author has created something which genuinely offers the ‘inside scoop.’ It is an absolute must-read for anyone seeking a DC07 maintenance guide,” wrote David Myers, a technician at Manchester Vacs, an independent Dyson specialist.

For anyone seeking a DC07 service manual, there is really only one choice.

The book corrects common misperceptions and enlightens people about Dyson DC07 maintenance and repairs. All the most popular repairs are explored with candor and common sense. There are many illustrations throughout the book, and best of all is the comprehensive DC07 motor replacement guide.

UK and American model Dyson DC07’s are catered for, with differences between the models highlighted throughout.

The final chapters offer practical advice on sourcing parts and machines. Why parts from eBay might not be as good a deal as you imagine and access to on-line resources like video how-to guides and specialist Dyson sites.

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The Dyson Vacuum Cleaner Forums Newsletter

Hello MVacs,

As a member of the Dyson Forums, we just wanted to take an opportunity to bring you up to date with a few happenings, a few special offers and a handful of other things that may be of interest to you.

Although the forums were only recently added to our site, they have already drawn 225 members in a short space of time. We want to develop our forums into a vibrant and friendly online community that is both an excellent information resource and a place to chat about everything Dyson. We would like to see people from the public and the trade participating. Those in the trade who do not seek to directly compete with us (repair shops not in the North West of England for example) are welcome to a signature link and an entry in our “Worldwide Dyson Resources” section.

With a view to increasing particpation on the forums, today we opened a discussion about a periodical forum competition. Everybody likes something for nothing right? Read the topic and give us your opinions here: Any Interest in a Forum Competition?

We know a lot of guys read the forum here who are in the Dyson business. You might be market traders, car-booters or have a small Dyson specialist shop elsewhere in the UK or overseas. We have decided to try to cut some deals with smaller traders. You can read the topic here: Dyson Parts Trade Deals Available.

Have you seen the Dyson Airblade hand dryers? The ones that are typically around £1000 to buy? We made a deal on some recently and they have been selling well. We only have two left. If you are interested in one, take a look at the topic here: Dyson Airblade AB03 Silver Hand Dryers in Stock – £599

If you are in need of a Henry-type vacuum cleaner, we have been running a special offer for a few months on some commercial specification “Quickclean” machines. We are down to our last few now, and we probably wont bother buying any more as the suppliers recently put the price up. The stock we have, we bought last year before the VAT went up, and before the price increase, so our price of just £99 including DHL delivery will not be repeated. If you want to read more about them, take a look here: Special Offer: Brand New Commercial Tub Vacuums – Better Than a Henry.

Do you have a favourite Dyson? Did you vote in our poll? Here is the link: Poll — Which is your favourite Dyson? Vote Now! Up to now, the DC07 is in the lead with 36% of votes. If you havent voted already, we want your vote!

Our member Russ is asking about DC05 extension poles and stripping them down. Do you know about this? If so, why not reply his topic here: DC05 Extension Pole….again

Do you know anything about Dyson washing machines? Why not join in the discussion here: Dyson washing machine.

Are you a DC07 expert? Here is a topic for you: DC07 cleaner head pivot problem. Our member Laturb has got no replies on that topic yet. Why not help him out if you can?

And last but not least, we work quite hard to make sure people can find us on Google. But we like to know how you found us originally. Was it a link from another site? Was it from Google? Was it from an email or a recommendation? Tell us. Here is the topic: New Members – How did you find us?

Thanks for reading. You are receiving this newsletter as a member of the Dyson Forums. Don’t worry, you wont be getting three a week; nor will your details be passed to any other organisation or entity. But, we would love to see you as an active partcipant on our forums. Why not drop by and say hello?

Regards,

The Dyson Discussion Board Team.

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071411 and 903756 Dyson Offers – Dyson Trade In Deals

Looking for the Dyson offers? Searching online for Dyson 071411 and Dyson 903756? Check here!

There are many offers available for end-of-line or discounted Dysons on the internet. Many offer you a trade in on your old vacuum cleaner.

Many of the new Dysons on sale at shops like Currys are end-of-line, outdated or unpopular models. They are on sale for a reason. Before you invest a lot of money in a Dyson vacuum cleaner, you need comprehensive advice from Dyson experts about which machine suits your needs.

The young guys with product-laden spiky hair that you will find in most large shops have not the faintest idea what Dyson is suitable for your needs. They will likely spend a few minutes torturing you with reflexive pronouns such as “is it for yourself?” and ending every question with “at all”, and not really give a hoot what you buy as long as they get their commission.

There is another way if you are looking for a Dyson. You don’t need to drag your thirty year old Hoover down there and beg for a “trade in” discount either (they only throw them in the skip out the back anyway – that’s just a marketing gimmick).

You don’t even need to leave the house for that matter, because DHL will deliver your new Dyson to you. Oh yes, and you’ll save a pile of cash too. Sound interesting?

It gets better: You will not be buying an appliance that has been shipped from Malaysia and you will be very, very green!

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An interview with James Dyson

James Dyson has made millions by allowing us to see the dirt we suck up. As he calls for more inventors, Lucy Siegle asks him about manufacturing abroad, design disasters and whether he could build a nuclear reactor.

I am at Dyson HQ in Malmesbury, Wiltshire, the beacon of British industrialism, which is not a dark satanic mill but all light, contoured glass and bridges over placid water between sculptures. This is the birthplace of the bagless, see-through vacuum cleaner that offers 100% suction (so well known it need only be referred to as “the Dyson”) and the planet’s most powerful hand dryer, the Airblade. Bright young engineers emerge from testing rooms wearing non-business dress (an informal rule) and mingle in the sunshine. People are smiling and holding lattes from the shiny canteen. I’m starting to wish I’d listened harder in science classes.

“I was hugely encouraged recently to hear that 13% of girls in school now actually want to become scientists,” says Dyson. He has the wiry build of a long-distance runner and a look of Nigel Havers. And he bounds up the stairs in polka-dot Yamamoto trainers. “OK, so 37% still want to become models, but 13% are aspiring to be scientists!” He stops. “But then I discovered that they all wanted to be pathologists because of that TV show, CSI.” For every problem, James Dyson suspects there is a solution waiting to be designed. So he spends a few minutes contemplating a drama series that could similarly shift engineering in the aspirations of teenage girls.

“Of course there was that film about a chap who invented the windscreen wiper then allegedly got ripped off,” he says; I think of the 2008 film Flash of Genius. “Then he won some money, which went on the horses. Actually the film was more about the horses than it was about the invention. Same with Howard Hughes. His engineering activities are rather interesting, actually, but the film centres on his drug taking and so on,” he laments.

Hughes was also, famously, a recluse. Dyson is not. He has become as well known for his robust opinions as for the bagless cleaner. “The media thinks that you have to make science sexy and concentrate on themes such as rivalry and the human issues. But just look at the viewing figures for Tomorrow’s World. They were phenomenal, and that just showed pure technology. You don’t need to sex things up. These subjects [technology and engineering] are sexy in their own right.”

Although I spent my childhood happily watching Judith Hann and team riding around in Sinclair C5s, I have a hunch that this next generation is more demanding. But, in an effort to inspire the next crop of engineers and designers, he is running the 2011 James Dyson Award through his eponymous foundation. The last winners to bag the £10,000 on offer to develop their invention – plus £10,000 towards their university education – were Yusuf Muhammad and Paul Thomas, who came up with a way to adapt kitchen taps to respond to domestic fires, thereby minimising casualties and deaths.

You wonder if these young innovators know what’s headed their way. Because becoming an inventor also seems to mean opening yourself up to the possibility of betrayal. “At some point you’re going to feel ripped off,” says Dyson. One of his early inventions was the Ballbarrow – a wheelbarrow centred on a large, pneumatic red ball that gave it stability and made it easier to steer. And it was this odd-looking wheelbarrow that afforded the first professional “betrayal” when Dyson’s business partners, having become majority shareholders, sold the invention to a US manufacturing firm that wrote Dyson out of the equation.

“If you invent something, you’re doing a creative act,” says Dyson. “It’s like writing a novel or composing music. You put your heart and soul into it, and money. It’s years of your life, it’s your house remortgaged, huge emotional investment and financial investment. The Ballbarrow was just the start. Terrible things happen all the time with the vacuum cleaner. People copy it. Society allows and encourages it. But it is theft, and I wish courts and society regarded it as such. Theft or rape, that’s what it’s like.”

Perhaps to relieve an awkward pause after the rape reference, he is up on his feet collecting a series of components to demonstrate the inner workings of the Dyson. His enthusiasm and ability to humanise the workings of the materials and the structure is infectious (next day I find myself googling magnets to find out what they are actually made from). But in the corner of his office, filled with different evolutions of the vacuum, I also spy an example of a Dyson failure: theContrarotator, a double-drum washing machine that never took off. “It was too expensive to make.” He pauses. “We should have charged more for it, then it would have been a great success, probably.” The inventor is seemingly at ease with failure. “I have failures all day long, every day. I made 5,126 prototypes for the Dyson vacuum. All failed until number 5,127.”

And what a winner number 5,127 proved to be, arguably the totemic aspirational consumer product of our times, catapulting Dyson into Rich List territory. It didn’t just suck up dirt efficaciously; it became a cultural signifier. In the Royle Family Christmas Special, Barb is moved to exclaim: “Ooh Valerie. What a Christmas! Implants and a Dyson!”

“Yes, and there’s also a bit when Jim says: ‘I can’t even afford a bloody Dyson,'” says the inventor, looking quite delighted. In a time when British retail, from fashion to garden furniture, all seems to be about discounting and cheap-as-chips products with the excuse that this somehow democratises consumer goods by making them “affordable”, Dyson is strikingly comfortable about his brand being perceived as expensive. “It’s a consequence of spending so much on R&D. It’s expensive. And I refuse to design down to a cost.”

In fact he scorns the idea of a brand at all. “I don’t believe in brands. Here, we believe people should only buy because they want a vacuum cleaner that does what ours does. I know we sell a lot of Dysons to poor people. They regard it as a significant investment. Someone who is less well-off is more likely to take an interest in their vacuum cleaner. The well-off just say: ‘Oh, the cleaner deals with that.'”

But isn’t this all a bit overengineered, I wonder. I think of my own vacuum, a simple canister on wheels: I’ve never found its reliance on bags or lack of suction cause for concern. “Are you competitive about other hoovers, like the one I have? It’s red and black with big eyes and a smile,” I ask him. Dyson is cool. “I’m not going to comment on competitors. I know exactly which one you mean. We do what we do: do away with bags, 100% suction. Henry can do what it wants.”

Dyson does not have a problem speaking his mind, or indeed being heard, and he’s done a good job of keeping the topic of industrial design in the news. Take his recent suggestion that Chinese students were stealing intellectual property from UK universities, which caused a minor storm. “What that article was really about was the tragic situation that 80% of postgraduate students are non-British. It is great to have more undergraduates doing science, but for blue-sky research – important risky research that translates into new technology which we can sell to the rest of the world – we need them to stay on and do postgraduate research. This is not xenophobia – it’s the simple fact that we need postgraduate scientists here to create wealth. That’s my point, more than the theft of intellectual property from universities.”

So is there a problem with the thieving of intellectual property from British universities by Chinese students? “Well, I’m told there is. Yes. I have heard of a few instances. Of course it may not be confined to the Chinese.”

Ultimately the thing that appears to drive the inventor of the fastest electric motor in the world is a desire to reboot manufacturing in the UK. “When I was growing up, the balance of trade was on the news every night because it was of such desperate concern. Now it’s so bad it’s disappeared entirely. If we import more than we export, we’re a declining economy.” But you moved your manufacturing base overseas, I venture. “No, I didn’t,” he says. “You did. In 2002,” I refer to the newspaper cuttings of the time. “No, I didn’t. I moved my assembly. And that’s because they wouldn’t let me expand over there,” he gestures towards a large house, the head office of a construction company.

It’s a careful distinction – to the lay person, assembly is part of manufacturing, and the media lamented the loss of 800 “manufacturing jobs” at the time. In 2009 there was a similar tussle with the Environment Agency over a proposed Dyson academy in Bath which never happened. (The Environment Agency claimed the proposed site was a flood plain, and plans were dropped. Much was made of the fact that the Labour government ran with plans for a “rival” academy with Peter Jones of Dragons’ Den.)

He does, however, seem to feel that this government speaks his language. He has written a report for David Cameron on increasing Britain’s technology exports. He gives George Osborne a “big thumbs-up” for what he sees as the right tax breaks for entrepreneurs in the recent budget. “I feel optimistic. But then I am an optimist,” he says.

Is he happy with his achievements? The bagless vacuum cleaners, the Ballbarrow, the new bladeless fan – all exciting for the consumer, but considering Dyson’s interest in the big themes such as energy policy and climate change, doesn’t he ever want to solve a problem bigger than vacuuming? Is, for example, the Dyson nuclear reactor (he is a fan of nuclear and solar) in development? “Goodness, I know nothing about nuclear energy.” I point out that he knew nothing about vacuum cleaners either. “True. I knew nothing about anything. I did classics at school and went to college to do design and then got interested in engineering. My limit is a terrific interest in technology.”

Given that he is essentially an autodidact who has made millions, why is there so much emphasis on making highly trained engineers out of the rest of us? “Well, I couldn’t have made that motor,” he says, gesticulating to the innards of a Dyson. “In fact I can’t do three-quarters of the work we do here. For that I need highly trained scientists.”

And when can we see your next invention, I ask. “When it’s ready!” And with that, Dyson’s chief engineer bounces off to the R&D laboratory.

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