Our inaugural event, 'The Case For Space As An Economic Driver' was deemed of such importance, that the UK Space Agency used the opportunity to announce funding for six national incubation centres, including Daresbury in Cheshire.
The event, hosted by the Office of The Mayor of Liverpool at the iconic Cunard Building, featured speakers from several bodies, including the UK Space Agency and the Northern Ireland Space Office, an organisation that has transformed Northern Ireland’s previously limited space economy into a tens of millions of pounds per year – and growing – industry.
Among attendees were council and city leaders from across the North West, a delegation of Government officials from the Isle of Man, organisations already heavily involved in the space economy, leaders of various Chambers of Commerce, noted space industry experts and representatives from similar national and global organisations.
The UK Space Agency confirmed plans for the business incubation centres to support start-up companies across the breadth of the space sector.
They will be based in the North of England, North Wales and the east Midlands, including the Science and Technology Facilities Council’s (STFC) laboratory at the Sci Tech Daresbury site.
Sci Tech Daresbury is a National Science and Innovation Campus that co-locates high tech businesses with world-leading science and technology, making it an ideal location to incubate space companies.
Colin Baldwin, UK space gateway programme manager at the UK Space Agency, said: “North England, the Midlands and North Wales all have the potential to make a significant contribution to our thriving space sector.
“There are opportunities for a range of companies developing innovative products that can match the needs of the space industry.”
He added: “We’re committed to nurturing business and research in these regions, and showing small businesses how they can benefit from our £11.8bn space industry.”
The agency said the incubation funding will grow space in the regions by providing a supportive business envirnoment to assist entrepreneurs to develop small companies in a bid to achieve a 10% share of the global space market by 2030.