In 1987 Professor Bush, with his wife Gill, set up Prosyma Research Ltd to manage his consultancy practice and in collaboration with UMIST, organise the commercial exploitation of the innovations beginning to emerge from his research at UMIST on polymer composites design and processing (above).
The Leopard Cluster principle for expanding manufacture
In 1990, with two industrial colleagues, Professor Bush established NEPPCO (the North of England Plastics Processors’ Consortium) bringing together a network of up to 70 Small and Medium-sized Enterprises (SMEs) to apply the scientific and systems methods developed for very large plants making simple chemicals, to the generally much smaller processing plants making more complex composite polymeric materials, a concept strongly supported by a series of contracts awarded by Britain’s Department of Trade and Industry from 1994 to 2005. In 2000 NEPPCO was converted into a limited company and expanded its range well beyond the polymer industry. This now stands as a prototype Leopard© Cluster for creating new manufacturing capacity in Britain. The products Rollet© and Biokab©, which emerged from this work won innovation awards in 2004 and 2005. In 2007 Professor Bush joined the advisory board of the innovation centre at a major US university.
Appointed Emeritus Professor of Process Manufacture and Polymer Engineering at Manchester in 2005, Professor Bush is currently engaged on a number of projects, among which polymer composite materials, control of economic processes and design of nuclear energy systems are prominent. In 2009, Professor Bush was named Man of the Year for England by the American Biographical Institute for his scientific and political contributions to his country. In 2011 his paper on Energy and Emissions (with D R MacDonald) was awarded the Hanson Medal of the Institution of Chemical Engineers.
From 1991-98 Stephen Bush was vice-Chairman of the all-party Campaign for an Independent Britain and with his wife Gill, played a prominent part in the public evaluation of the 1992 Maastricht Treaty, the defeat of the proposal to impose the euro-plug on Britain’s homes and factories, and the subsequent defeat of the proposal to abolish the pound (£) sterling.
In 2007 Professor Bush, together with Lord Tebbit, delivered the first of the Sir James Goldsmith Memorial lectures, on the subject of “Britain’s spinning out of control”,which was the underlying theme of his 2010 campaign to be elected to the British parliament. The full text of the lecture can be found under Texts of Speeches in the “Politics and Education” section of this website.
From 2007 up to the 2010 General Election Professor Bush was chairman of two groups charged by the UK Independence Party with developing policies on “Jobs and the Economy” and Energy and the Environment”. In the UK General Election on May 6th 2010 Prof Bush received 6% of the vote in the Suffolk Coastal constituency, against a national average of 3%, standing for UKIP on a platform of Britain’s leaving the European Union, a complete halt to all immigration for settlement for 5 years, and a 50% expansion of manufacturing industry over the next ten years.
In 2015-16 he played a prominent role in the Referendum Campaign (see book above) and is currently engaged in formulating an industrial strategy in the light of Britain’s exit from the European Union (see Politics and Education section).