Data, Space and Aerospace Sector Development

Data, Space and Aerospace Sector Development

Lead Organisation: Cornwall Council

Investment Priority: Supporting Local Business 

Fund: Strategic Sector Development 

SPF awarded: £632,000

Location: Cornwall-Wide

Cornwall Council has secured £1m to develop the Data, Space and Aerospace sectors in Cornwall. The sector development project is funded by Cornwall & Isles of Scilly Good Growth Fund , UK Space Agency , Cornwall and Isles of Scilly Local Enterprise Partnership and the private sector. This funding will be used to support local businesses to;

  • Pivot into the data, space and aerospace sectors – start up support and removing barriers to entry for established companies
  • Attract public funding and private finance – bid writing for R&D and infrastructure projects and business case development for private / venture capital investments
  • Attend events, trade shows and conferences to promote capabilities to local, national and international audiences
  • Attract the right people & skills to support growth plans – development of recruitment strategies, workforce development programmes and help to find and retain people with specialist skills
  • Secure contracts from the data, space and aerospace sectors as well as from adjacent sectors e.g. defence, marine, energy
  • Engage with new R&D partners, collaborators, customers and investors in the data, space and aerospace sectors as well as in other technology clusters across the UK

The Sector Development team within Cornwall Council includes Gail Eastaugh (Sector Lead), James Fairbairn (Business Development) and Dave Pollard (Skills Lead). This team is working in partnership with WholeShip , who operate the National Drone Hub, and Cornwall Airport Newquay to develop the Uncrewed Aerial Systems (drones) sector across the region. The programme will also continue to work closely with Goonhilly Earth Station Ltd , Spaceport Cornwall and other key companies to develop the data, space and aerospace sectors.

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