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With over 20 centres of excellence including 8 renowned universities and colleges, the South West of England is the centre of world-leading expertise across sectors.


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Airbus ZEDC

Airbus is launching a Zero Emission Development Centre (ZEDC) for hydrogen technologies.

A priority for the UK ZEDC will be the development of a cost-competitive cryogenic fuel system required for the successful entry-into-service of Airbus’ ZEROe passenger aircraft by 2035 and to accelerate UK skills and know-how on hydrogen-propulsion technologies.

The UK ZEDC will benefit from the recent commitment by the UK Government to guarantee £685 million of funding to the Aerospace Technology Institute (ATI) over the next three years to support the development of zero-carbon and ultra-low-emission aircraft technologies.

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Bristol and Bath Science Park

The Bristol and Bath Science Park (BBSP) offers facilities and services designed to enhance the performance and success of science and technology companies.

It provides a unique environment in which individuals and businesses can innovate and inspire.

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Bristol Robotics Laboratory

Bristol Robotics Laboratory (BRL) is the UK’s most definitive academic centre for multi-disciplinary robotics research. It’s a partnership between the University of the West of England (UWE Bristol) and the University of Bristol. Its community includes over 450 academics, researchers, and industry experts. BRL leads globally in advancements in service robotics, intelligent autonomous systems, and bio-engineering.

The facilities of this globally-renowned centre cover 50,000 square feet.

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Centre for Modelling and Simulation

The Centre for Modelling and Simulation (CFMS) an independent digital engineering research organisation. It offers design and analysis services, consultancy, and IT infrastructure to help organisations envision solutions for new products.

The CFMS collaborates across industry, academia and research organisations. This includes a range of research projects funded through Aerospace Technology Institute (ATI), Advanced Propulsion Centre (APC), i3P, FlyZero and more.

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GKN is a 10,000 m2, ‘Open access’ collaborative R&D centre located in Filton, Bristol.

One of 4 Global Technology Centres:

  • A joint £32M investment between GKN Aerospace and the UK Government through the Aerospace Technology Institute
  • An ecosystem of Universities, Research and Technology Organisations, Catapults, Government Organisations and Industrial Partners
  • Providing support to start-ups and SMEs
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Institute for Advanced Automotive Propulsion Systems

Based at the Bristol and Bath Science Park, the Institute for Advanced Automotive Propulsion Systems (IAAPS) will provide 11,300m2 of research and development (R&D) facilities, education resources, and research cells.

The IAAPS features modern engine and chassis dynamometers as well as laboratories for combustion research. It features well-funded systems for the advancement of electrification technologies, including battery management and energy storage systems.

IAAPS will be one of the first commercially available facilities to include cells designed for developing high-voltage battery packs, supercapacitors, new cell designs, and other high-energy electrical storage technologies.

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National Composites Centre

The National Composites Centre (NCC) is one of seven world-class centres comprising the UK’s High Value Manufacturing Catapult (HVMC) research centre.

At the HVMC, businesses of various sizes and sectors can access new technology and specialist engineers to drive innovation for composites.

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Rolls-Royce Bristol Technology Centre

Rolls-Royce Bristol Technology Centre is in partnership with the University of Bristol and focuses on Composites technologies.

Their centres address key technologies; and collectively they tackle a wide range of engineering disciplines. This consistent strategy of developing long-term relationships with universities has provided us with close contact to world-class academic institutions and given us access to a wealth of talent and creativity to help protect our capability into the future.

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West of England Space Hub

The West of England is home to a diverse space sector, with multi-national and SME companies active in the space ecosystem. We are a leading regional space hub in the UK and in the last decade, space has transformed into one of the UK’s fastest growing sectors. Trebling in size since 2010, at the last count the UK space industry now employs close to 42,000 people in all corners of the country and generates an income of nearly £15 billion every year (


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iAero is a purpose-built 2,398 m2 research, design and innovation facility in Yeovil, built to support the competitiveness and growth of the aerospace and associated high-value design and engineering technology supply chains. The Centre will offer high-quality office, light industrial and collaboration space as well as innovation support services.

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Met Office

The Met Office is the national meteorological service for the UK. We provide critical weather services and world-leading climate science, helping you make better decisions to stay safe and thrive.


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Aerohub is the name of Cornwall’s Enterprise Zone, located at Cornwall Airport Newquay. The Enterprise Zone consists of airside and landside business opportunities.

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AeroSpace Cornwall

AeroSpace Cornwall is a research, development and innovation (R&D) fund, that enables businesses to take their Big Idea and turn it into a viable product ready to market in the space and aerospace sectors.

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CAE are one of the world’s leading providers of flight training and simulation solutions.

Cornwall Space Cluster

Cornwall Space Cluster

Cornwall’s ambitions are to accelerate growth of the space cluster and to grow the Space and Data sectors, building on Cornwall’s strengths in these industries.

The cluster works with national Government to grow the UK Space economy and in doing so growing Cornwall’s Space Cluster and economy.

Investment in infrastructure by local government at Spaceport Cornwall and Goonhilly Earth Station ensures the continued growth of the aerospace and space clusters there, enabling manufacturing and testing of aerospace and space flight technologies.

South West Centre of Excellence in Satellite Applications

South West Centre of Excellence in Satellite Applications

The South West Centre of Excellence in Satellite Applications is based in Cornwall with the University of Exeter as the lead delivery partner. The centre partnership also includes Falmouth University and the University of Plymouth.

The region has strong expertise in space technologies and satellite applications, including Goonhilly Earth Station, Spaceport Cornwall and the Aerohub Enterprise Zone. The Met Office sets a global standard for Earth and Space Weather observation and science, and we also have a robust network of local, national and international universities and research centres.

Specific research in highly relevant satellite application areas includes: eHealth & eWellbeing, Marine & Maritime, Mining and Natural Capital.

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Spaceport Cornwall

Spaceport Cornwall is a consortium made up of like-minded partners working together to open up access to space in order to benefit life on earth.


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Defence Science and Technology Laboratory

The Defence Science and Technology Laboratory (DSTL) maximises the impact of Science and Technology for UK Defence, Prosperity and Security across government. Working in partnership with other government departments, international colleagues and industry.

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A space for business, academia and defence to explore opportunities for mutual benefit.

Located at Dorset Innovation Park, the Ministry of Defence has joined forces with Dorset Council and Dorset Local Enterprise Partnership, to open the first of its kind, in the UK, Defence BattleLab.

The BattleLab will be home to end-users from different trades and specialisations from across defence. People placed to help collaborators navigate MoD and make engagement easier.


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Gloucestershire Science & Technology Park

Gloucestershire Science & Technology Park

The Gloucestershire Science & Technology Park (GSTP) at Berkeley Green aims to be a lively, engaging and sustainable business location which actively contributes to the economic, environmental and social health of the local community, county and region within which it is located.

GSTP provides everything you would expect from a modern business or science park.

  • Accessibility, within 15 mins of J13 and J14 M5, just off the A38
  • 300,000ft2 of commercial floor space
  • Offices, workshops, laboratories, meeting rooms and conference facilities
  • Land for development
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C11 – Cyber Security and Digital Innovation Centre

C11 – Cyber Security and Digital Innovation Centre, part of the University of Gloucestershire is designed to be part of the solution. Working with local, national and international partners, we are helping to bring brilliant minds and businesses together to develop talent, drive research and advance knowledge in the ever-changing area of cyber and digital innovation.

Universities and colleges

The South West is also supported by seven esteemed universities and colleges.

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South West Aerospace

The South West of England is the ideal location for aerospace and advanced engineering businesses that want to set up or expand in the UK.


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