09 June 2015

Spire to open European HQ in Glasgow, Scotland

June 09, 2015 - US headquartered satellite-powered data company Spire plans to open a European headquarters at Skypark, Glasgow. The company will create over 50 new jobs to support the establishment of a Nano-Satelilte design, development manufacturing and data management facility in Scotland. This expansion is being supported by £1.9m in grant funding from Scottish Government and Scottish Enterprise.

The First Minister Nicola Sturgeon said: “This announcement clearly demonstrates Scotland’s growing influence in the space technology industry. Our cost effective and supportive business environment, strong and highly skilled workforce, and world-class universities are not only enabling the development of Scottish companies but also attracting the world’s most innovative companies such as Spire to Scotland”.

“The confidence placed in us from Scotland enables us to expand our global footprint to attract the skills and talent we need to deliver on the next generation of weather satellites,” said Spire’s CEO, Peter Platzer. 

The chief executive of Scottish Enterprise, Lena Wilson said: “Attracting innovative US companies like Spire is a key component of our success. Spire’s enhanced presence in Scotland will make a significant contribution to our space industry expertise and will open up a wealth of opportunities for SMEs in Scotland operating in the technology space.”