Argyll and Bute Council will work in collaboration to bring space industry to Kintyre

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12 Dec 2017 - 13:26

Argyll and Bute Council remains committed to the UK space industry and working with partners to bring highly-skilled jobs to the area.

At its meeting on Friday, 8 December 2017, the council’s Policy and Resources Committee agreed the council should continue its partnership with Discover Space UK (DSUK) and to explore the possibility of joining forces with Na h-Eileanan Siar, to develop space industry facilities at Kintyre and Benbecula in the Western Isles.

Councillor Aileen Morton, Leader of Argyll and Bute Council, said:

“The global space industry has the potential to be truly transformational and presents incredible possibilities for Scotland. As a council, we strongly believe that it is vital to encourage this multi-billion pound industry to build a strong base across the country and that the opportunities it presents are accessed by as many communities as possible.

“Collaborative working between different sites is now key in securing the future of this modern industry, which is estimated to generate £19 billion by 2020 and £40 billion by 2030.

“The UK space industry is set to grow rapidly and will be of huge benefit to the local and national economy, bringing highly-skilled jobs and boosting the local economy. We want to play our part and working with other sites is the way ahead.

“We are delighted that DSUK continues to build partnerships in order to strengthen the case that, not only Kintyre and the Argyll Bute economy, but also the wider Scottish economy, benefits from this truly transformational activity. The signing of memorandums of understanding with leading space science and technology firms in the private sector underline this ambition.

“Our focus going forward remains to embrace an industry of the future and continue to work with partners to bring jobs to the area, grow the economy and attract people to live and work here.”