Space sector conference comes to North East promising insight into multi-billion pound industry

First of its kind conference will inform SMEs about opportunities in the supply chain and how satellite technology can be used in their products

Opportunities in outer space will be revealed
Opportunities in outer space will be revealed

Opportunities in outer space will be revealed in the North East in November as top international firms come to the region for a unique conference.

The inaugural Space Conference and Trade show is set to be held at Newton Aycliffe’s Xcel Centre and will host top representatives from the likes of Airbus and Scottish astronautics outfit Stevenson Astrosat.

Billed as the first conference of its kind in the region, the event aims to expose the region’s SMEs to the huge supply chain opportunities attached to the space industry, and how the technologies can be integrated into other products and services.

Firms will also be encouraged to think about how satellite technologies can be developed into domestic and commercial products on the ground.

A special session within the conference programme will showcase how SMEs can use components of satellite.

Separate sessions will also look at raising finance with representatives from the field of seed financing, private equity and venture capital.

The speaker line-up confirmed so far leads with the largest supplier to the space sector, Airbus Defence & Space, and also includes Steve Lee of Stevenson Astrosat, Craig Clark, from Clyde Space and Doug Liddle of Surrey Satellite.

John Hildreth, of the North East Satellite Applications Centre of Excellence, said: “Businesses from across the region will be able to explore new opportunities in the multi-billion pound space sector, which was recently valued at £11.3bn for the UK.

“Delegates will be able to hear from a number of leading industry figures about opportunities within the space supply chain and how to best position themselves to win business in the sector.

“I would urge any business considering new market opportunities to attend the conference.”

Conference organiser the North East Satellite Applications Centre of Excellence is one of three centres UK bodies supported by the Government’s Satellite Applications Catapult based in Harwell.

The centre is tasked with helping North East businesses to gain a competitive global advantage through the use of satellite applications, including technology and data. Its work spans the energy industry, the transport and logistics sector and software and applications development

Additional support for the event comes from Catapult Satellite Applications, UK Space and Science Finance Network, UK Space, and Airbus Defence & Space.

The Space Conference and Trade show takes place on November 19. Organisers are offering the first 150 delegate spaces for free. For further information email 0191 426 6333.


David Whetstone
Culture Editor
Graeme Whitfield
Business Editor
Mark Douglas
Newcastle United Editor
Stuart Rayner
Sports Writer