From Government EUROPA yesterday:
‘The UK’s Department for International Trade (DIT) has announced the Scottish space sector is projected to be worth up to £4 billion (€4.63 billion) by 2030. Scotland’s space industry comprises a significant proportion of space endeavours in the UK as a whole, valued at £15 billion (€17.37 billion); and is growing at a rate of 3.3 per cent per annum. Nearly 20 per cent of the UK’s 41,900 space sector jobs are based in Scotland.’
Others from the 8% meme:
8% of the population but 20% of the electricity production: How Scotland subsidises Britain’s green power ‘achievement’
8% of the population and 34% of the natural resources
8% of the population but 28.5% of the wind-powered electricity
Return of the meme! 8% of the population but 38% of the food and drink exports. How would Scotland survive?
The UK Government in Scotland twitter account claims all Scottish activity for the UK, at least on the occasions I’ve looked that’s how they frame it.
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It is, of course, no surprise that there is significant development in Scotland in this technology. Scotland, and particularly the Glasgow area, has had a long tradition in engineering and technological innovation. The Clyde was one of the cradles of the industrial revolution and the levels of education in the area was a factor. It was no accident that this was once the world centre of shipbuilding. The ‘fabled’ Scottish engineer (like the Scottish doctor) turning up in all parts of the world had a strong basis in fact. From James Watt through Lord Kelvin, Scottish universities and, particularly engineering faculties have long transformed research into practical applications. Aberdeen is a centre of oil exploration technology, Dundee is a centre of excellence for micro-surgery and pharmaceutical as well as in computer gaming. And, around Glasgow and Edinburgh we have genuinely world class education and research facilities with strong international links as exemplified by the recent cancer identification test developed in Inverness in conjucntion with Chinese universities.
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