Leicestershire launches ‘space to grow’ with business breakfast

Peter Soulsby

Leicestershire’s LEP says the region has space for growth – and plans a business breakfast next week to demonstrate why.

On Tuesday 6th November a free networking event will feature a panel discussion involving the key business, educational and political leaders that are thrusting forward our area’s vision for growth, and making dreams of a new Space Park here in Leicester a reality. Events start at 8am at the National Space Centre.

Leicestershire’s position as a centre of excellence and innovation in space technology is complimented by a diverse and thriving economy in Leicester and Leicestershire. New developments are delivering state-of-the-art work spaces, new housing for the region’s workforce, and new space for economic development across our two Enterprise Zones. All this and more makes the region’s economy the perfect environment for investment. 

Professor Paul Boyle of the University of Leicester said:“The chance to share news of the opportunities that will be afforded by Space Park Leicester is hugely exciting. 

“The new development will be at the forefront of technological innovation for decades to come, and the opportunities for both economic growth and job creation will have a lasting positive effect on Leicester and Leicestershire.”

Peter Soulsby, Leicester’s City Mayor, said:“Leicester has a growing reputation around the world for its expertise and innovation in space technology.

“We are already home to the hugely popular National Space Centre and components designed and made in Leicester have been a feature of the International Space Station since 1998.

“Our local academics, engineers and scientists have made huge contributions to space research, and the industry is becoming a vital economic force in the city.

“Now, with ambitious plans for a new space park, we’re helping to secure an even more prosperous future for the next generation of space engineers in Leicester.”

Rob McGuinn, Chair of Team Leicester, said:“Team Leicester will be attending MIPIM for the third time, and I’m honoured to chair this incredibly talented team of businesses, decision-makers and local innovators. 

“Our message and strategy could not be clearer: Leicester is one of the fastest-growing cities in the country, and our local economy is thriving. 

“Space for Growth’ refers not only to our exciting opportunities for investment in space technologies, but also in sectors across Leicester and Leicestershire, and at our two Enterprise Zones.”

The event begins at 8am with breakfast and a chance to network. Introductions to the panel will be made at 8.30am, and the programme of discussions and events is scheduled to get underway at 8.35am.