Enterprise M3’s space, aerospace and satellite clusters, with centres in, Basingstoke, Guildford, Farnborough and Bordon are among the high tech industries attracted to our area, confirming its reputation for a strong knowledge-based economy, conducive to business-led innovation.
This year we saw three leading space organisations move to the EnterpriseM3 area.
UKspace came to Bordon in March 2020. As the trade association of the UK space industry, UKspace has been its leading voice for over 30 years, and represents the interests of industry with the UK government, parliament, and national and international stakeholders.
ICEYE, a world-leader in earth-observation technologies, also moved to Bordon, adding to its offices in Harwell and Helsinki. The company aims to empower others to make better policy and commercial decisions by providing access to timely and reliable satellite imagery.
In November, global space player, NanoAvionics set up their UK office in the Basing View Enterprise Zone, in Basingstoke. Renowned for their nanosatellite and cubesat technology, the company worked closely with EM3 in making the decision to come to Basingstoke as part of an every growing cluster.
Our expanding space and satellite cluster enjoys high potential for growth, putting it among the LEP’s priority sectors which will help lead the area to economic recovery and renewal in a post-Covid19 world.
Throughout the last year, EM3 LEP has used its substantial powers to convene partners and build collaborations to raise the profile of the area’s space industry.
In 2020 EM3 had a significant presence at the UK Space Conference and was able to highlight new global investment opportunities for the region’s space sector. We also attended the Space to Connect Networking Event, hosted by the UK Space Agency and European Space Agency.
In partnership with, space and satellite companies, the UK Space Agency, the Defence & Security Accelerator, Innovate UK, the Department for International Trade (DIT), universities and local authorities, we are working to maximise opportunities for the EM3 Space and satellite sector.
Our own space cluster steering group, which includes the EM3 Growth Hub, the UK Space Agency, the Satellite Applications Catapult, and the Knowledge Transfer Network (KTN), facilitates cooperation between space and other sectors, including 5G, immersive tech, clean growth, agri-tech, med-tech, and cybersecurity.
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