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Clear for take-off – the space industry in the North West and North Wales

Last week, Daresbury Laboratory’s Alan Cross, the ESA Business Applications Ambassador for the North West and North Wales, hosted and chaired an event to help businesses from across the region understand Space and how it can help them grow.

Three quarters of the UK’s £15 billion space economy is generated by non-space companies right here on earth. These companies span a broad range of sectors from retail to insurance, to logistics and manufacturing.

The ‘Your Business Powered by Space’ event, held at the Concorde Conference Centre at the Manchester Airport Runway Visitor Park, set out to demystify space for companies in the region that may not consider themselves to be in the space sector, but which have the potential to use, and benefit from, the assets of space.

GPS, satellite data and earth observation imagery are just some these space assets available to businesses to help them gain a competitive edge.

Alan said: “The event was designed for companies across the region who may not consider themselves to be in the space sector but have the potential to use these valuable assets of space, to overcome their challenges to their commercial advantage. I am thrilled at the turnout and follow up enquiries we’ve received from businesses already, and am looking forward to helping them take the next steps through a series of workshops and networking events this year. ”

Based at STFC’s Daresbury Laboratory, Alan is one of a network of five Regional Ambassadors across the UK, appointed as part of a European Space Agency Business Applications Programme, each active in stimulating space related business development in their region.

STFC also supports start-ups that are using space technologies through its ESA Business Incubation Centre United Kingdom, located at its site across the UK. Further information is available online.


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Last updated: 20 June 2019

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