18 November 2020 Community news

AstroAgency secures funding for Scottish Space Leadership Council

The space start-up will use the financial support to establish a space hub on behalf of SSLC

A strategic marketing firm working exclusively across the international space sector has been awarded a development grant from the UK Space Agency (UKSA) to establish a space hub on behalf of the Scottish Space Leadership Council (SSLC).

Space start-up AstroAgency will use the financial support to advance the SSLC into a fully functioning entity, with the ultimate aim of connecting and promoting Scotland's fast-growing space ecosystem nationally and internationally.

Minister for Scotland, Iain Stewart, said: "This is another example of how the UK government is securing the country’s position as a global leader in the space sector. The investment in Scottish projects will contribute to regional economic growth and support the development of the space industry across the country."

The SSLC was formed in 2016 as a voluntary, cross-sectoral representative organisation in response to the need for greater connection and collaboration within the Scottish and wider UK space community.

The Council has evolved a reputation for being an ambitious, results-driven organisation and now aims to formally act as a conduit for growth and gateway to a flourishing space sector.

Scottish Trade, Investment & Innovation Minister, Ivan McKee, welcomed the UKSA’s recognition of the importance of a unified industry voice from Scotland.

“The Scottish government's aim is for Scotland to secure a £4 billion slice of the global space market by 2030, an ambitious but realistic target, and I look forward to continuing our close collaboration in order to further develop the sector and promote opportunities for our businesses."

AstroAgency founder and space entrepreneur, Daniel Smith, stated: "We look forward to outlining a strategy that ensures the SSLC remains at the forefront of industry developments.

"AstroAgency's strategic space marketing focus means that we don't simply raise awareness in space activity, but identify partnership and investment opportunities, provide regular market intelligence and connect partners directly into the NewSpace ecosystem.

"Our experienced international space team understands the opportunities that this innovative industry can deliver across every sector imaginable, not to mention the important role it has to play in boosting local economies and protecting our environment."

The space intelligence and marketing firm has grown to 12 staff in its first year, securing a number of high profile and established global space clients as well as new entrants looking to transition into the sector.

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