Unilever is only UK innovator in top 100

BRITAIN finished at the bottom of a league table of the world’s 100 most innovative companies, according to Thomson Reuters.

Only one British firm – goods manufacturer Unilever – finished in the top 100 based on the number of patents filed. Unilever is half-Dutch and so the UK’s presence in the top 100 could be seen as only one-half, putting it below the tiny European principality of Liechtenstein.

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The United States topped the list with 40 entries, followed by Japan with 27, France with ten, Sweden with six and Germany, South Korea and Switzerland all with four.