Regional Facilities Management, Regional Housing Maintenance and National Housing Management Service contract supplier briefing


Regional Facilities Management, Regional Housing Maintenance and National Housing Management Service contract supplier briefing

 FRIDAY 11 MAY 2018, 10.00 – 14.30

 Tidworth Garrison Theatre, St Andrews Road, Tidworth, Wiltshire SP9 7EP


The Defence Infrastructure Organisation’s (DIO) Future Defence Infrastructure Services (FDIS) Programme will be hosting a briefing event to provide details on plans for the procurement of four Regional FM contracts, four Regional Housing Maintenance contracts and a National Housing Management contract. Procurement will be initiated in June through the Crown Commercial Service’s (CCS) FM Marketplace framework, to replace the current contractual arrangements which are due to expire in late 2019 / early 2020.

DIO plays a vital role in supporting Defence by leading and managing the delivery of what the Armed Forces need to live, work, train and deploy on operations. We advise, buy, manage and assure the delivery of infrastructure services across the defence estate in an affordable and sustainable way.

The Regional contracts will provide a vital service supporting the Armed Forces through the provision of predominantly hard facilities management services required to support a fit-for-purpose estate, including barracks, airfields, Service family housing and other defence facilities in the UK and Northern Ireland.

The scope of the National Housing Management contract will include the provision of the full range of occupancy management services required to administer the allocation and occupation of MOD housing (c45,000 properties in the UK and NI) in accordance with MOD policies.

It is anticipated the morning session will focus on the Regional FM contracts and the afternoon session will cover the Regional Housing Maintenance and National Housing Management contracts.

If you are interested in attending please email the FDIS Programme at DIOSDFPG-FDIS no later than midday on Thursday 3 May 2018. Please provide the names and company details of the people who would plan to attend. As carparking spaces can be limited, attendees are requested to car-share where practicable.

Military Mental Health Helpline unveiled

Military Mental Health Helpline

The Defence Secretary, Gavin Williamson, has pledged new funding to the Armed Forces and launched a new helpline to help with mental health for military personnel.

The new Military Mental Health Helpline is open 24/7 and can be called using the number 0800 323 4444. It was opened on Sunday 25 February and will be operated by the charity Combat Stress. It will run in conjunction with the charity’s veterans’ helpline.

Last year there were over 10,000 calls made to Combat Stress’s veterans’ helpline and in the past 10 years the Armed Forces have seen the number of personnel with mental health problems rise.


Moral and professional duty

Gavin Williamson has agreed to spend an extra £2 million a year for the next ten years on top of the £20 million a year currently committed to military mental health and further stated:

“Mental illnesses caused by life on the battlefield can have a devastating impact on our brave heroes and their families.

“It is our moral and professional duty to ensure that we do all we can for our world class troops.

“That’s why we have commissioned the new 24/7 Military Mental Health Helpline and will spend an extra £2 million a year on mental health services for the next decade on top of the £20 million we already spend each year.

“I will personally be working with all the service chiefs to make sure there isn’t a single person in the Forces who doesn’t know where to turn in times of trouble.

“0800 323 444 will be targeted at service personnel and their families – allowing them to access the help, advice and support they need anywhere, anytime.”


Military Mental Health Helpline

For those looking for more information, the new helpline can be found on 0800 323 4444 and is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

UK / Norway Defence & Security Industry Cooperation Day


ADS is welcoming expressions of interest for a proposed collaboration with FSi, Norway’s defence and security industry trade body, bringing UK and Norwegian defence industry companies together by staging a Defence & Security Industry Cooperation Day in Oslo, in follow-up to previous events in Oslo in 2012 and London in 2014. It will provide a platform to explore business development opportunities between both industries, whether seeking new business, offset opportunities, collaborative partners in each country or to address opportunities in third countries, or new sources of supply.

The event would be fully supported by both governments with officials from both countries participating in the programme including a seminar and opportunity for B2B meetings with the participating Norwegian companies.

To register your interest, please contact:

Gavin Williamson named new Defence Secretary

Gavin Williamson

Gavin Williamson announced as new Defence Secretary

Following the resignation of Sir Michael Fallon, Chief Whip Gavin Williamson has been appointed the new Defence Secretary by Prime Minister Theresa May.

Sir Michael Fallon resigned on Wednesday, stating that his behaviour had “fallen short” of the standards expected by the UK military.


Sir Michael had been Defence Secretary since 2014 when he succeeded the current Chancellor Philip Hammond.

Gavin Williamson Statement:

Defence Secretary, Gavin Williamson, said:

I am both honoured and excited to have been appointed Defence Secretary. I have always had the greatest admiration for the professionalism and valour of all those who serve in our country’s Armed Forces.

The United Kingdom faces rising threats in a worsening international security situation, making Defence’s work all the more important. It is imperative that we continue to take the fight to Daesh and keep Britain safe. As we leave the European Union, and forge a new Global Britain, Defence has the opportunity to deepen old friendships and contribute to building new ones around the world.

I am determined to ensure that the Armed Forces receive the recognition they deserve for the great work they do, including through the Armed Forces Covenant, and that they evolve both to meet the changing threats that we face, and to ensure that they properly represent the modern society that they defend.

BCB International unveil new versatile rifle stock

BCB International has launched a versatile rifle stock that enables operatives to discharge their firearms while wearing a ballistic helmet with the visor fully lowered.

The FRAMM®, an adjustable and foldable stock that allows firearms officers to comfortably discharge their firearms in all firing positions, was launched at DSEI 2017.

The FRAMM® is compatible with the following firearms: FN HERSTAL-SCAR, HK-MP5 A2, BERETTA-ARX 160, HK-MP5K-PDW, HK-G36, B&T-40×46, REMINGTON-ACR, CZ-805 A1 BREN, SIG SAUER-550/551.., B&T-APC556, HK-UMP.

BCB International’s International Sales Officer, Ben Simmons, said:  “The FRAMM® is good news for soldiers and security professionals.  It is compatible with most in service firearms. Its rubberized non-slip stock pad maximizes comfort and firing stability.  It also offers nine position settings to conform to any body and ballistic visor shapes.  The FRAMM® is the stock to fit all their mission requirements.”

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Defence Contracts Online at DSEI 2017


Defence Contracts Online, the official source of UK MOD contracts, was at DSEI to show off our newly redesigned website and to talk with attendees about DCO, DCI, Cyber Essentials and DPRTE 2018.

DSEI attracted more than 1,500 exhibitors and over 30,000 visitors and can be considered a great success, exceeding many prior expectations. Many of those visitors came to visit the DCO team at our stand, including the Under Secretary of State for Defence Procurement Harriett Baldwin, who visited the stand to chat with the team and to endorse the newly redesigned DCO website and supplier portal.


Harriett Baldwin was happy to endorse the relaunch of the site saying:

Welcome to our new Supplier Portal. It brings a wide range of supplier-focused information, including current and future opportunities and support to innovation, together in one place.

Over the next decade we are committed to spending over £178 bn on equipment and support, with the MOD accounting for over 40% of all government spend with industry. We want to encourage innovation and make it easier for new and smaller businesses to identify, compete for and win opportunities with the MOD. This will help us to deliver our vision of a vibrant, sustainable and competitive UK industrial base.” 

Those that came to the DCO stand will have found information about not only DCO but also Defence Contracts International (DCI), Cyber Essentials and the upcoming DPRTE 2018.



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Cyber Essentials

The first step to keeping your organisation safe from cyber attack is to be certified with DCI Cyber Essentials. Certification to the Government’s Cyber Essentials Scheme is a mandatory requirement for organisations wishing to win business with the MOD, and can help your organisation prepare for and defend itself against malicious cyber attacks, regardless of the sector you operate in.

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DPRTE 2018

Officially supported by key procurement organisations such as DE&S, Defence Procurement, Research, Technology & Exportability (DPRTE) focuses on the buyers and suppliers engaged throughout the whole defence acquisition supply chain.

DPRTE 2018 will provide attendees and exhibitors with an invaluable opportunity to enhance knowledge, share best practice and showcase innovation, in addition to gaining an essential insight into the latest policies, initiatives and opportunities across the defence procurement and supply chain marketplace.

To discuss DPRTE in more detail, please contact us on 0845 270 7066, or email

MCM ITP Conference 2017

MCM ITP Conference 2017


Materials & Components for Missiles Innovation & Technology Partnership (MCM ITP) Tenth Anniversary Conference 2017.

Registration is now open – Only Three Weeks To Go!

To register your attendance at the conference, please visit:

The UK MOD and French DGA MCM ITP programme brings together the best in British-French Missile Research & Development.

The MCM ITP Conference gives a platform for many exhibition and sponsorship opportunities in front of Government, Industry and Academia.

For more information on these options, please email:

2 Days

For Government employees who wish to attend the full MCM ITP Conference, the discount code ‘gov2days-free’ can be used.

1 Day

For Government employees who wish to attend the MCM ITP Conference for one day, the discount code ‘gov1day-free’ can be used.

DCI Cyber Essentials Certification Webinar

Cyber Essentials certification is a Government-backed scheme to help organisations like yours understand what common cyber attacks look like and what basic controls all organisations should put in place to protect themselves.

By implementing Cyber Essentials with DCI, your organisation can reduce exposure to common threats by as much as 80%.

Cyber Security TrainingIf you have any questions about the Cyber Essentials certification process, we now have a FREE on-demand webinar to give your organisation clarity and understanding about what is involved. This webinar will provide you with essential information about cyber security and how to protect yourself from cyber threats.

Cyber Security Training – Why watch this webinar?

This is the perfect webinar to learn about a number of cyber security hazards and how to combat them. You will learn how easy it is for bad actors to evade your security systems if you are not protected and the best practice for keeping your organisation safe online. The webinar goes into details about how poor cyber security can have a negative impact on your business, damaging reputations and costing you money.

DCI Cyber Essentials certification can help you win MOD tenders – the Ministry of Defence has mandated that businesses looking to do any work with the MOD that involves the transfer of identifiable information must have Cyber Essentials certification in place.

Watching this webinar will show you the steps you need to follow to become Cyber Essentials certified and provide you with some necessary cyber security training.

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