Over one hundred people attended South Oxfordshire and Vale of White Horse District Councils’ annual Business Breakfast today, held at the Satellite Applications Catapult’s Electron Building, on Harwell Campus.
Matt Wright, Managing Director of Hachette UK Distribution spoke about ‘Project Eden’, Hachette UK’s ambitious project to consolidate its operations into a new automated warehouse in Didcot.
Hachette UK is one of the UK’s largest publishers, which is itself if part of global publisher Hachette SA, and ultimately part of listed French media giant Lagardere SCA. Bestselling authors published by Hachette UK include JK Rowling, Martina Cole, John Grisham and Stephen King, amongst many others.
This year’s other key note speaker was Stuart Martin, CEO and Executive Director of the Satellite Applications Catapult. Stuart presented a summary of the Catapult programme’s work, which he considers to be a vital element of the UK strategy to secure and accelerate economic growth from emerging technologies. Furthermore, for satellite applications, he believes there is a great opportunity to establish a world-leading position, and make the UK the place to be if you want to do business in space.
There was also a Q and A session, where attendees heard from Councillor Matthew Barber, Leader of Vale of White Horse District Council, and Councillors Mike Murray and David Nimmo-Smith, Cabinet Members for Development and Regeneration at Vale of White Horse and South Oxfordshire District Councils respectively.