A Canadian company which specialises in spaceflight engineering has chosen Harwell Innovation Centre in Oxfordshire as its European headquarters after winning a contract with the European Space Agency.

Neptec UK, part of Neptec Design Group, has taken two offices totalling 323 sq ft and has already employed four members of staff with plans to employ a further 20 to 30 staff over the next three years.

Mike Kearns, managing director of Neptec UK, said: “It was a strategic decision to base the company at Harwell given its proximity to ESA combined with the UK Space Agency’s aggressive ambition to secure 10 per cent of the overall space market by 2030.

“We have already identified synergies with companies based at Harwell Innovation Centre and plan on collaborating with them when the time is right. The networking potential is just one of the many invaluable benefits the centre offers a growing business such as Neptec.”

Harwell Innovation Centre, located at the Harwell Oxford Campus near Didcot, opened in 2000 with support from the UK Atomic Energy Authority and is managed by Oxford Innovation.

The centre has approximately 25,000 sq ft of office space.

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