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Edition No. 147

Date:- 10 April 2004

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UK SPACE INDUSTRY SHOWING SIGNS OF GROWTH

THE value of the UK space industry has increased by 12% over the last two years, according to the results of a new survey announced today.

The biennial study looking into the Size and Health of the UK’s Space Industry is the most comprehensive review yet of UK commercial space activities. It also showed that two-thirds of firms (3.9 billion), expected positive growth in the industry over the next two years.

Dr Colin Hicks, Director General of the British National Space Centre which commissioned the report, said:- “This survey has once again shown the continued expansion of the satellite services market. This growth is an indicator of the Government’s successful space policy of exploiting commercial opportunities from this type of technology.

There is also the promise of greater expansion of the UK’s commercial space activities over the next few years. Major projects such as the European Galileo satellite navigation system will give British companies more opportunities to bid for contracts and create even more jobs."

The report, which includes information from 222 companies involved in space work, showed a combined turnover of £3.9 billion for 2002/03, up from £3.24 billion in 2000/01. Of this total, the upstream space industry, the providers of space technology, e.g. satellite manufacturers; generated a turnover of £501 million. This was down 2% on 2001/02, but is an overall increase of 13% on 2000/01.

LOCAL GOLFERS IN FIRST ROUND FOR VILAMOURA VICTORY!

THE area’s most talented amateur golfers will be in with a chance of playing on one of the world’s top courses when the Bass Ale Golfing Pub of the Year tournament tees off at Hesketh Golf Club later this month. 

The local course will play host to the fiercely competitive area heat of the Bass Ale Golfing Pub of the Year tournament on April 26 for the largest amateur tournament of its kind in the UK. 

Some 30 talented local teams are set to tee off at Hesketh Golf Club, in this, one of the first rounds of the Northern area heats.

From here only ten teams will progress to the area final, to be held at Portal Golf Club, in Tarpoley, Cheshire, on Monday 19 May, where they will pit their golfing prowess against the other top teams from the North.

The National Final will take place in the golfing Mecca of Vilamoura, Portugal, in the summer. The tournament is still open to all pubs and clubs in the UK and is sponsored by Bass brewers.

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