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AeroSpace Cornwall – funding and business support available

In advance of my breakfast briefing next week featuring Cornwall Spaceport, I thought it timely to blog a reminder/ update on the AeroSpace Cornwall programme.

AeroSpace Cornwall programme – an overview

AeroSpace Cornwall is an EU funded programme, led by Cornwall Development Company, which forms part of Cornwall Council.   The programme offers technical and commercial support for businesses looking to develop products, services and technologies which could add competitive advantage to the aerospace and space sectors.

They can help businesses with the following:

Area Assistance available through AeroSpace Cornwall programme
Understanding the market opportunity · Support you to go and meet potential customers, suppliers and experts to confirm if your product or service is commercially viable.

·Grants of up to 10k for visiting a trade show – to meet a particular supplier

Developing the product · Match funding for R&D projects with capital purchases and salaries – typical funding is an average of £150K.

· Introductions to knowledge providers


Need to buy kit?


· Small grants for purchases
Supplying the market · Support for up to 20 hours of expert advice to ensure your product or service can be supplied to your target audience.

· Support, through their team of R&D technology mentors, to take you through the process of ISO certification.

· Introduction/ contacts to people to give specialist space industry advice

Want to expand into Cornwall? · Payment for feasibility studies, travel assistance and promotional activities.


Areas of focus, objectives for the AeroSpace Cornwall programme and a point of contact

AeroSpace Cornwall’s main areas of focus include: advanced engineering in aerospace, unmanned aerial systems (UAS), digital technologies, such as embedded software, and software applications using satellite communications, earth observation, navigation and meteorology.  They work with a broad mix of businesses from many different sectors, such as mining, manufacturing, software, and technology, and all have a link to space or aerospace.

The programmes’ objectives are to:

  • Develop an ‘innovation environment’ for the aerospace and space sectors by incentivising local businesses to collaborate and engage with research institutions and take advantage of national programmes to accelerate their innovation(s).
  • Increase the performance and competitiveness of local enterprises, create highly skilled jobs and launch new products into the marketplace.
  • Secure investment from global collaborators and investors as potential end users of the products, services and technology developed.

Contact [email protected] or 01209 614047 for further details of the programme and to discuss your specific requirements.

 Breakfast briefing at Spaceport Cornwall

We are currently fully booked for the breakfast briefing next Tuesday, but if you would be interested in receiving a copy of the presenters’ slides from the event, please do contact me.

By Andrew James



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