Frequently Asked Questions
Find answers to the most common questions we get asked by businesses looking to invest in the UK.
Are there any upcoming opportunities to network with space representatives in the UK to find out more about the sector?
The UK space sector is a dynamic ecosystem made up of an extensive and disparate network of groups, organisations and individuals. While this ecosystem is responsible for driving a wide variety of fantastic, innovative, globally recognised projects and programmes, it is also acknowledged that the highly regional nature of UK business and governance presents a risk to the growth of the sector.
The Space Enterprise Community has been designed to help address this challenge, offering users a selection of tools and resources that connect commercial, academic, research and public sector stakeholders from each region with one another while providing support and opportunities to collaborate with colleagues from across the UK.
The community exists to help highlight potential synergies and partnerships, stimulating ideas and conversations and providing a gateway to collated resources, events, links and contacts that might otherwise be difficult to identify.
Check out upcoming networking events in the UK space sector
As a founding member of the European Space Agency, how does the UK’s exit from the European Union (Brexit) impact space companies?
The UK is still a key contributor to the European Space Agency – Brexit has not affected the UK’s membership. This means that UK stakeholders can still compete for ESA contracts.
You can access the Government’s detailed guidelines below if you would like to learn more about doing business with EU countries (e.g. importing, exporting, service provision, recruiting, or travelling).
Does the UK offer shared facilities (e.g. for environmental testing for satellites or propulsion testing for launch vehicles) that can be accessed by companies that cannot build their own infrastructure?
How can I find out more information on establishing a business or investing in the UK?
The Department for Business and Trades’s Investor Services Team can guide you through the process of setting up a company in the UK. This includes advice on how to establish a UK business, register a company, open a UK business bank account and more.
I have questions on the tax landscape in the UK for companies, including income, VAT and corporation tax. Who can I speak with?
The Department for Business and Trade’s Investor Services Team can help answer any tax-related questions, including regarding the UK’s transparent single company tax, its competitive Corporation Tax, and its various tax reliefs and incentives, especially for helping small and medium enterprises to expand.
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