Defence Academy, Business Skills College – Market Engagement Day, 22 November 2018

The purpose of this notice is to inform Potential Suppliers of a Market Engagement Day hosted by the Business Skills College of the Defence Academy on Thu 22nd November 2018.  The Business Skills College is interested in seeking Potential Suppliers’ views on the provision of a new academic capability and how this might best be met.  The Market Engagement Day will provide Potential Suppliers with background and detail behind the requirement and give them the opportunity to ask questions, network & engage with other Potential Suppliers and supporting services as well as to further inform the Authority’s thinking.


The Business Skills College is part of the Defence Academy and provides business acumen training and education for military and civil service staff across Defence.  It also provides interventions suited to our wider Industry partners and Other Government Departments.

The course portfolio spans a range of specific business acumen disciplines that cover complex procurement through the lenses of commercial, financial, Project Delivery (including Project, Programme, Portfolio, Risk and Benefits), Through Life Logistic Support, and technical aspects such as Systems Safety, Quality Assurance, and Environmental.  It may also include the requirement for delivery of strategic leadership courses to international audiences.

The Business Skills College is looking for an organisation capable of designing, delivering and accrediting educational interventions, working collaboratively with the Defence Academy to provide an educational capability in support of its outputs.  Key to this will be innovative and blended learning solutions with flexible exit points, across the range of specified business acumen disciplines

This will be achieved through a collaborative and innovative approach which will enable and future proof the design, development and delivery of outputs to meet the emerging and future needs of Defence.  It will create a portfolio of function specific and cross-cutting learning interventions and modules that will meet Business as Usual needs, whilst ensuring that the outputs can be easily aligned to meet any emerging needs from the wider Defence Education Pathway (DEP) work being undertaken.  More specifically it will see a range of these are post-graduate level interventions leading to PG Cert, PG Dip, and MSc/MBA awards and the future model would seek a credit bearing, modularised approach to all post-graduate level delivery.

A Market Engagement Day will be held 10a.m. – 4p.m. on Thu 22nd November 2018 at the Defence Academy of the United Kingdom, SHRIVENHAM, SN6 8LA.  Attendees should arrive no later than 9.30a.m. to allow for site access and parking.

It should be noted that in the instance of significant interest it may be necessary to restrict attendees per supplier to 1 or 2 representatives only. Therefore, please ensure that the most appropriate representatives from your organisation are put forward to attend the event.

Specific Details of the Event 

The day will involve presentations from the Authority, a working lunch followed by an afternoon session to have a group question and answer session and an opportunity for more detailed discussion.  These activities will in part contribute to a report on business model concept viability. The Authority is considering various commercial and business approaches to deliver the requirement and would welcome Potential Suppliers’ feedback.

Outputs from the industry day will be made available to all Potential Suppliers who registered an interest and / or attended the Market Engagement Day. There will be further opportunity for Potential Suppliers’ to comment/provide feedback prior to release of the outputs from the Market Engagement Day event.

To guarantee openness and transparency all outputs /reports associated with the Market Engagement Day will be provided as part of a prospective tender documentation pack, at the point when the Authority formally takes the requirement to market. Therefore, no technical, financial, or commercially sensitive information should be included in potential Supplier’s submissions/feedback from the Market Engagement Day. 

Event Registration 

Potential Suppliers wishing to register their interest in attending and participating in the Market Engagement Day, should express their interest to the Contracting Authority in writing by no later than 12:00 hours on Fri 16th November 2018 to both Sarah Allko ( and Ella Houghton ( An invitation letter will then be issued to the potential Supplier for registration purposes.

In issuing this Announcement and engaging with industry and academic institutions, the Authority is not committing to carry out any procurement in relation to the requirements stated in this announcement.

This announcement has been issued by the Authority for the purpose of seeking views from Potential Suppliers’ that wish to attend the Market Engagement Day and take part in a soft market testing in relation to the requirement described above.

Potential Suppliers’ who do not attend the Market Engagement Day will not be precluded from expressing an interest in the requirement at a future date.

In order to complete the necessary security & domestic arrangements all Potential Suppliers’ interested in attending the day must have registered their interest by 12:00 hours on Fri 16 November 2018 and completed the attendance return annex issued with the invitation letter by 13:00 hours on Mon 19th November 2018. 

MOD will not be liable to reimburse any costs incurred by any parties who respond to this notice or register any interest via the Contracting Authority.