Cornish space businesses have been given a boost after the government awarded £100,000 to improve infrastructure and encourage collaboration across the UK’s growing space sector. 

The South West Space Partnership, which is the supporting body for space industry businesses in the South West, is sharing £500,000 with five other projects across the country as part of the government’s Space Industrial Plan.  

The organisation aims to building on the strengths of Space West, the Cornwall Space Cluster, the West of England Combined Authority, Cornwall Council and Invest Bristol & Bath.  

This pan-regional partnership aims to promote the region’s space capability, attract international investment and develop strategic collaborations. 

Gail Eastaugh, head of   strategic partnerships at Cornwall Space Cluster said: “This strategic funding marks a significant milestone, allowing us to expand our technological and innovative capabilities across Cornwall and the wider South West.  “By forging a dynamic partnership with Invest Bristol and Bath, and with the invaluable backing of the UK Space Agency, we’re positioned at the forefront of driving pioneering advancements and providing robust commercial support within the UK’s innovative space sector. 

“This collaborative effort not only amplifies our ability to foster groundbreaking innovation through our cluster members but also catalyses the growth of the UK’s space industry, establishing a strong foundation for future ventures. Through this South West Cluster alliance, we’re unlocking unprecedented possibilities for development and commercialisation, ensuring the UK remains a global leader in the space industry’s competitive landscape.” 

Dr Paul Bate, chief executive of the UK Space Agency, said: “I’m pleased to announce this series of targeted projects to support the continued growth of our space ecosystem and deliver on the government’s Space Industrial Plan. 

“Hot off the heels of the chancellor’s budget boost for low Earth orbit satellite manufacturing in the UK, these new projects will help catalyse investment, increase collaboration and boost prosperity across the country.”