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Somerset is at the heart of the South West of England’s aerospace cluster with its extensive test, demonstration and manufacturing facilities for the commercialisation of smart and sustainable aviation programmes.

The epicentre of our credentials is Leonardo, one of the world’s leading aerospace companies and one of the biggest suppliers of defence and security equipment to the UK. With nearly 2,800 employees at its Yeovil site, the company produces helicopters such as the Super Lynx 300, AW159 Wildcat and AW101 Merlin. A new £30 million single-site logistics hub will open in 2023 to support Leonardo Helicopters’ global fleet.

The Department for International Trade has recognised the South West of England as a High Potential Opportunity for the development, demonstration, and adoption of new and emerging aviation technologies. As a world leader in Smart and Sustainable Aviation, the region presents an exceptional opportunity for investors to plug into a leading aviation ecosystem, built on our aerospace heritage.

The iAero Centre is a purpose-built research, design and innovation facility in Yeovil, built to support the competitiveness and growth of the aerospace and associated high-value design and engineering technology supply chains. The Centre offers high-quality office, light industrial and collaboration space as well as innovation support services.