Edinburgh’s Lord Provost pays a visit to Skyrora’s Head Office in Edinburgh

Edinburgh's Lord Provost Frank Ross has paid tribute to Skyrora as one of the leading lights of the city’s business world during a visit to space firm’s offices.

Mr Ross said: “Skyrora is a hugely ambitious firm and a fantastic example of the game changing start-ups who choose to call Edinburgh home.

“Our city is fast becoming a real magnet for innovation in business and it was inspiring to hear about Skyrora’s plans to launch a satellite from the UK. Pioneering firms like these play a vital role in Edinburgh and Scotland’s economy and I was impressed by the drive of everyone involved.”

Frank Ross, The Rt Hon Lord Provost of Edinburgh, The City of Edinburgh Council

It is not the first high-profile visitor Skyrora have welcomed through their doors, with a host of politicians keen to learn more about the space firm on their doorstep. Bill Bowman MSP, Colin Beattie MSP, Maurice Corry MSP, Paul Sweeney MP, Michelle Ballantyne MSP and Dr Philippa Whitford MSP have all visited Head Office or the workshops to see first-hand the work Skyrora are conducting. Labour MPs, Gerard Killen and Danielle Rowley, have also both arranged visits over the coming weeks.

Daniel Smith, Director at Skyrora, said: “We’re always honoured to welcome visitors to our HQ, whether its students looking for advice or high-profile individuals with connections and ideas to share with us.

“The interest in Skyrora has certainly increased this year and it’s great to be growing awareness locally, as well as at events outside of the country, where we’ve recently been fortunate enough to ‘talk space’ with the likes of Scottish Astronaut Dave McKay, UK Space Minister Chris Skidmore and even the Prime Minister of Luxembourg, a strong advocate for European space initiatives.

“We’re passionate about space in Scotland and excited about our upcoming launch missions and engine testing, as well as continuing to inspire the next generation of talent from within the country."

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