53% GVA exported

The most intensive manufacturing sector in the UK

UK companies

supply parts for every single Boeing commercial aircraft

Number two worldwide

Second only to the US

Skilled workforce

of over 120,000 in the UK

Aerospace: Helping businesses soar

The UK aerospace sector is the second largest in Europe. Capable of delivering whole-aircraft capability, we have expertise in aerostructures, propulsion, systems, aircraft interiors and through-life services.


The sector has an annual turnover of £35 billion, the majority of which comes from exports to the rest of the world.

More than a quarter of all aerospace and defence businesses in the UK are clustered in the South East of England; in the last seven years, the sector has soared to new heights, growing at an astonishing rate; 72% of that growth has taken place in Hampshire and Surrey.

World leading aerospace and defence businesses such as BAE Systems, Airbus, Lockheed Martin, Boeing, GE Aviation, Britten-Norman, [the UK’s only civil A2 approved aircraft manufacturer] and more recently Gulfstream in Farnborough are leading the way in innovation; the UK is now the place to invest in the aerospace sector.


Above and beyond

The South East is the UK’s invention and innovation hub, encompassing artificial intelligence (AI), digitalisation, autonomy, space propulsion systems – serving multiple sectors including aerospace, automotive and marine. Almost 9 out of 10 of aerospace businesses in the Farnborough region undertake innovation-related activities.


Farnborough International Airshow

Farnborough has been synonymous throughout the world with aviation. Every other year, the world-famous Farnborough International Airshow attracts more than 80,000 trade visitors, representing 112 countries. In 2018 the show was staged at the new £33m conference and exhibition centre, and deals worth $192bn were announced. In 2020 the show went digital due to Covid-19 restrictions and launched Farnborough Connect – a series of free-to-attend digital aerospace events over 5 days.

Farnborough Airport is a key economic asset for Hampshire and the UK, being Europe’s premier business aviation airport.



Global company Qinetiq have also established a presence across Hampshire. Based in Portsmouth and Farnborough, they are a world-centre of excellence in research and development, and act as catalyst for fast-track innovation, offering outstanding experimentation facilities, technical, engineering and scientific expertise. The land, sea and air ranges they operate are some of the most advanced in the world. Hampshire is also home to Phoenix Systems, who offers bespoke electronic manufacturing services to the aerospace, defence, medical, transport, automotive, education and industrial sectors.



Available business space for Aerospace companies

If you are looking for space to relocate or grow your business, take a look at some sector specific development and properties within our Hampshire Portfolio:


Aerospace Stories

Key contact:

Gareth Roberts
Sector Growth Manager
07738 120 566