Space hub Harwell boldly goes on a jobs bonanza

‘NEXT STEP’: Stuart Martin, chief executive of the Satellite Applications Catapult

‘NEXT STEP’: Stuart Martin, chief executive of the Satellite Applications Catapult

First published in News Oxford Mail: Photograph of the Author by , Business and Property Reporter

ONE small step in Harwell is a giant leap for Oxfordshire’s space industry, with the promise of tens of thousands of new jobs.

The UK’s space hub, Satellite Applications Catapult, has signed a deal with Government export body UK Trade & Investment to boost Britain’s share of the international space market.

The aim is to reach 10 per cent by 2030, generating £40bn of space-related turnover and up to 100,000 new jobs around the country.

And as home to the Catapult, Harwell and the surrounding area will profit most, with “tens of thousands” of jobs making and processing information from satellites.

Satellite technology is used in weather forecasting, crop productivity, satellite navigation systems and communications.

The Catapult, which opened in May last year, is an incubator designed to turn satellite and space technology research into viable businesses.

It costs £10m a year to run and is part-funded by the Government’s Technology Strategy Board.

Under the deal, staff from the Catapult and UKTI will work together to identify space sector firms which need help to find overseas business.

They will also team up for profile-raising events and trade missions.

Stuart Martin, chief executive of the Catapult, said: “Harwell has been identified as the centre for the UK’s space effort, so in or around this area will be the focus of that job growth.

“Tens of thousands of jobs will be created in this area and they will be in everything, from manufacturing satellites to the technology surrounding their use.

“That will include information processing, data handling and communication systems, so a broad range of skills will be needed for this technology which is used across many industries from farming to insurance and maritime.

“Accelerating exports is vital, if we are to grow the UK share of the global space sector from the present level of six per cent to 10 per cent over the next two decades.

“We are already working with partners in the US, Europe, Chile, and other countries.

“This will help us to take the next steps in increasing the UK’s export potential for space-related products.”

Rory Pereira, deputy regional director for UKTI, said: “This agreement is a small step for the space industry but a huge step for the South East. It will help us to boost the vast potential for the UK’s space sector.”

  • Do you want alerts delivered straight to your phone via our WhatsApp service? Text NEWS or SPORT or NEWS AND SPORT, depending on which services you want, and your full name to 07767 417704. Save our number into your phone’s contacts as Oxford Mail WhatsApp and ensure you have WhatsApp installed.

Send your Letter to the Editor: What do you think? We welcome letters from our readers on a wide variety of subjects and you can send us a letter for publication here

11:20am Monday 28th July 2014

What do you think? We welcome letters from our readers on a wide variety of subjects and you can send us a letter through the blue headline above.

  • Latest Business news:

Roadworks, congestion and lack of modern offices driving businesses from city centre

Oxford Mail:

8:09am Friday 24th April 2015

ONLY one in 10 business bosses would choose to base their operation in Oxford, according to a new survey.

High house prices are limiting growth of county’s economy

Oxford Mail:

1:06pm Thursday 23rd April 2015

In crisis: Chamber of Commerce chief says businesses find it difficult to recruit staff

More rural homes to receive superfast broadband

Oxford Mail:

1:03pm Thursday 23rd April 2015

An extra 260 households in West Oxfordshire will not be missing out on high-speed broadband thanks to a new deal...

Business first for Queen's Awards haul

Oxford Mail:

9:00am Wednesday 22nd April 2015

BUSINESS leaders have hailed Oxfordshire as an international hotspot after seven firms won Queen’s Awards for overseas trading.

Abingdon & Witney College tops country for apprentices

Oxford Mail:

7:30am Wednesday 22nd April 2015

AN Oxfordshire college has topped the league for the success of its students on apprenticeship schemes.

Seven Oxfordshire firms receive Queen's Award for overseas success

Oxford Mail: Royal Mint Engraver Jody Clark's new coinage portrait of Queen Elizabeth II at the National Portrait Gallery, London. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Monday March 2, 2015. See PA story  . Photo credit should read: Jonathan Brady/PA Wire
 (19673586)

6:40am Tuesday 21st April 2015

SEVEN firms have received a Queen's Award to recognise overseas success.

Traders say Frideswide Square roadworks pose a big threat to their businesses

Oxford Mail:

7:25am Friday 17th April 2015

TRADERS have warned ongoing construction work to redevelop Frideswide Square is threatening their businesses.

Send us your news, pictures and videos

Most read stories

Local Info

Enter your postcode, town or place name

About cookies

We want you to enjoy your visit to our website. That's why we use cookies to enhance your experience. By staying on our website you agree to our use of cookies. Find out more about the cookies we use.

I agree