By Claire West

Commenting on the successful start-up of the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) at CERN, Tim Bradshaw, the CBI’s Head of Science, Technology and Innovation said:

"This is an awe-inspiring project and shows what can be achieved though international scientific collaboration. Such flagship projects can help people engage with science and inspire the next generation of scientists, technologists, engineers and mathematicians.

"We don’t know what long-term impact of the investment made will be, but many technologies developed for the experiment could find applications in areas such as medicine, sensors, engineering and power generation.

"The real stars will be the scientists, many of whom are British. They have shown great determination to reach this point, and we all wait for the exciting developments to come."