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28th September, 2019

Leicester LEP pulls in top business to build space industries of the future

Leicester LEP has succeeded in pulling in one of the biggest names in space tech for its new Space Park.

Leicester LEP pulls in top business to build space industries of the future

The University of Leicester is pleased to announce that Airbus plans to re-locate their Leicestershire based Earth Observation expert team to Space Park Leicester when their current lease expires.

The Space Park is an ambitious initiative that will develop a global hub and collaborative community for businesses, researchers and academia based on space and space-enabled technologies.

The high-tech offering is attracting interest from businesses around the world, and the news that Airbus plans to be part of the project should further encourage its development.

Edmund Burke, acting Vice Chancellor for the University of Leicester, said:

“Space Park Leicester will be transformational for our University, City, region and the UK Space Industry.

“I am delighted that Airbus Intelligence, who have been a long-standing strategic partner, will locate to the Space Park.

“This will attract students to study in Leicester and, afterwards, to pursue their professional career here. It will also help unlock the predicted 2500 new jobs being created by the Space Park investment.”

Kevin Harris, Chair of the LLEP, said:

“Space is a USP for Leicester and Leicestershire and we have positioned Space as a fundamental beacon of our Local Industrial Strategy and drive to enhance regional productivity.

“We are delighted that Airbus has chosen Space Park Leicester, which is located within the Loughborough and Leicester Science and Innovation Enterprise Zone.

“The LLEP is proud to support the development of Space Park Leicester with a £12.88m allocation from the Local Growth Fund, a pot of government funding awarded to us for projects that benefit the local area and economy.”

Airbus is the first of many companies that will occupy Space Park Leicester, and I am sure this will catalyse many more such announcements in the coming months.”

Grant Bourhill, CEO of Leicester Science Parks said:

“We are delighted that Airbus Intelligence, a key strategic partner for the University, are locating at Space Park Leicester.

“We have a long and successful track record of working together with Airbus on impactful, industry-relevant research and providing the next-generation of talent.

“The presence of such an established, global leader in space and its applications at Space Park Leicester, will attract other supply-chain partners as well as encourage the development of new start-ups, creating a dynamic industry-academic cluster.”

Further details can be found at www.le.ac.uk/spacepark