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29th September, 2019

Enterprise M3 LEP puts region at heart of future space industry

The Enterprise M3 LEP attended the UK Space Conference on 24th – 26th September to highlight and promote the strength of the space sector in the region

Enterprise M3 LEP puts region at heart of future space industry

Latest analysis* of the national space industry puts the space sector in Enterprise M3 in the top 5 areas in the UK for four key measures:

  • Total number of space organisations – 105 - an increase of 33% since 2016
  • Total employment in space organisations - 3,245
  • Total turnover of space organisations headquartered in Enterprise M3 - £1.5 billion
  • Total turnover of all space organisations with operations in Enterprise M3 - £9 billion

Space is a priority sector in the LEP’s emerging Local Industrial Strategy (LIS) - its key statement for the region’s growth and prosperity. As part of this, Enterprise M3 highlights the key aspects attracting space businesses to the area, including access to an aerospace, space and defence cluster, top UK universities with first class research facilities and a strong graduate talent pool, six innovation centres with specialities including 5G, and excellent connections by road and rail to London.

Enterprise M3 attended the UK Space Conference to discuss its LIS and other opportunities in the area, alongside companies from across the region who are attending the bi-annual event as speakers, sponsors and exhibitors, demonstrating the breadth of talent in the area.

Highlights included:

  • Gemma Whitley, Head of Defence, Security and Intelligence Development and Production at Earth-i will discuss ‘Disrupting the status quo?’ from 9.30am on Wednesday 25th September.
  • Kevin Hall, Principal System Engineer at QinetiQ will discuss ‘Very Low Earth Orbit (VLEO) missions and technologies’ from 11am on Wednesday 25th September.
  • Andrew Cawthorne, Director of Earth Observation and Customer Training at Surrey Satellite Technology Ltd (SSTL) will join the ‘Pitch to Primes’ sessions on Wednesday 25th September from 2pm.
  • Prof. Mark Cropper, Head of Astrophysics and Deputy Director at Mullard Space Science Laboratory will take part in the ‘Science: inspiration, innovation & impact’ session, from 2pm on Wednesday 25th September, presenting on the Euclid mission and UK involvements.
  • Prof. Yang Gao, Professor of Space Autonomous Systems and Head of STAR Lab at Surrey Space Centre at the University of Surrey, will take part in two panel sessions on Thursday 26th September from 11:30: ‘The AI revolution’ and ‘Cleaning-up space for orbital sustainability.’
  • Alison Hall MBE, Marketing Manager at Alcis will join the panel ‘How space is enabling international development – from climate resilience to disaster response’ from 1:50pm on Thursday 26th September.
  • At the conference, there will also be representatives from Farnborough International, BAE Systems, Airbus and the SETsquared Partnership.  
Chris Quintana, Head of Enterprise and Innovation at Enterprise M3 said:
"The UK Space Conference is an ideal opportunity  to highlight the strength of the space sector within the EM3 region to a national and international audience, and promote the area’s “offer” to space companies already based here and others looking to move or expand into the area. We are looking forward to meeting with companies at the event to find out more about what we can achieve together."