Harwell: Satellite Applications Catapult and James Cowper to reach for the stars

Thames Valley and South Coast accountancy firm James Cowper has been appointed auditors to the recently-launched Satellite Applications Catapult, a technology and innovation centre dedicated to the development and commercial exploitation of space and satellite-based technology. 

The Satellite Applications Catapult is one of a seven-strong network of Catapult centres created and funded by the Government’s Technology Strategy Board, with others dedicated to high-value manufacturing, cell therapy, offshore renewable energy, the digital economy, future cities and transport systems. The Catapult was officially launched earlier this month merging with the International Space Innovation Centre and is based in Harwell, Oxfordshire.

Stuart Martin, CEO of Satellite Applications Catapult, said: “The space and satellite industry is currently worth an estimated £9 billion to the UK economy and this is predicted to increase to over £400b by 2030. This new centre will bring invaluable resources to enable the best businesses, researchers and end-users to work together and develop new satellite-based products, services and applications.

“James Cowper was able to demonstrate a keen understanding of this sector and will be an essential part of the team.”

The James Cowper team is lead by partner and head of its technology practice Sue Staunton. She said: “James Cowper has considerable expertise in advising businesses in the space technology sector and already acts for a number of companies based at Harwell.

“We are delighted to have been appointed auditors to the Satellite Applications Catapult and look forward to working alongside Martin and his team.”

The Satellite Applications Catapult is already working with businesses of all sizes and complexities, academia and end-users, providing an accessible collaborative environment to help realise the UK space sector’s recognised growth potential.