Space Hub Yorkshire

We have teamed up with the Yorkshire Universities to create Space Hub Yorkshire through a new programme backed by the UK Space Agency.

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Space Hub Yorkshire coordinates more than 30 space-focused companies based in the region. The goal is to connect businesses and drive innovation, so that we can build a strong and sustainable space hub.

Why Space?

Space matters. Every time we go to work, turn on the television, make a mobile phone call, or use a satnav, we are using space technology. Space connects our conservationists and humanitarian agencies around the world. Space helps us understand everything from tomorrow’s weather to the impact of the climate crisis.

By 2030, the UK space industry is forecast to be worth more than £40 billion. This represents hundreds of organisations and thousands of jobs – an enormous opportunity. Nationally, the UK aims to account for 10% of the global space industry, which will require significant growth and innovation.

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Why West Yorkshire?

West Yorkshire combines the largest manufacturing sector in the country with the largest financial centre outside of London. It has the fastest growing digital sector in the UK, and a cluster of world-leading universities and research centres.

The region is already home to networks of companies that are leading development and manufacturing of Radio Frequency and Synthetic Aperture Radar technologies which are critical to satellites. On the ground, West Yorkshire has the UK’s largest cohort of post-graduate students studying AI applications.

Space technology needs advanced manufacturing capabilities, cutting-edge computing power, and groundbreaking research and development. West Yorkshire is perfectly placed to be a national leader in space.

This dynamic initiative aims to develop a world-leading regional space hub. Accelerating economic growth through technology and innovation is a priority for West Yorkshire, and this exciting work will create new opportunities by harnessing the world-class expertise and talent already in our region.

Mandy Ridyard Business Advisor to Mayor Tracy Brabin and CEO of aerospace engineering compnay Produmax

Challenge-led innovation sits at the heart of national and international research networks. The UK has world-leading expertise in the space sector, and the University of Leeds is proud to be supporting entrepreneurship in the North, through the development of a regional space hub here in West Yorkshire.

Professor Nick Plant Deputy Chancellor: Research and Innovation at the University of Leeds