Cyber Essentials Explained: Ian Kerr [video]

Ian Kerr On 1 October 2014, Cyber Essentials certification became mandatory for suppliers bidding for government contracts involving sensitive or personal information. The certification became mandatory for defence contracts at the start of 2016. Here Defence Contracts Bulletin Editor, Paul Elliott, speaks with ID Cyber Solutions Managing Director, Ian Kerr, about the scheme’s significance to suppliers.
Cyber Essentials is a scheme that tackles the increase in online threats to national security, by ensuring better online protection among the suppliers that sell to government.
Here ID Cyber Solutions Managing Director Ian Kerr explains:
Why businesses should invest in cyber security.
Common areas of business vulnerable to cyber attack.
 How Cyber Essentials can help suppliers beat their competition.

Leading the way in public sector procurement, DCI is working with ID Cyber Solutions and the UK MOD to offer Cyber Essentials Accreditation through its portal.

For more information on Cyber Essentials click here.

 

Tips for SME Defence Suppliers: Rob Rolley [video]

rob rolleyDefence is an industry that thrives on innovation, making it a market well suited to SMEs. Here Defence Contracts Bulletin Magazine Editor Paul Elliot speaks with General Dynamics UK Techology Director, Rob Rolley, to discuss the opportunities available within the industry for smaller suppliers.

 

SME’s efficient business models and innovative solutions make them popular among procurement officials. It’s no surprise then that the UK MOD has set a target of spending 25% of all its procurement spend – both direct and indirect – with SMEs by 2020.

SMEs can also flourish within the defence private sector, as Rob Rolley explains:

Why General Dynamics likes to work with SMEs.

  • The dedication required to be an SME defence supplier.
  • Top tips for SMEs entering defence markets.

 

 

As defence is one of the world’s largest markets, organisations of any size can and already do successfully win new business and form strong partnerships with some of the world’s leading public and private companies.

To gain a share of this spend, you need to ensure you have access to the right intelligence to understand the market, exactly what you will receive with DCO.

Register for DCO now.

 

Defence Supply Chain Tips: Steven Morgan [video]

Steven Morgan
The UK Ministry of Defence spends approximately £23bn on the procurement of goods and services with industry each year, making it one of the UK’s single largest buying organisations. Here MOD DCB Editor Paul Elliott discusses the MOD supply chain with Commercial Director of the MOD, Steven Morgan, at DPRTE 2016.

In this interview Mr Morgan discusses SMEs, early engagement, and offers tips to businesses hoping to win MOD contracts.

Defence buying isn’t restricted to military supplies and materiel; its contracts include transferrable technologies such as civil transport, research and development, blue light services, cyber security solutions, and communications to name but a few.

 

Have you ever wondered what the MOD looks for in its diverse supplier base?

How it is modernising its procurement?

How it works with SMEs?

Or how it sees the defence marketplace progressing?

In this video Mr Morgan explains the MOD’s procurement strategy and plans for the future.

 

 

As defence is one of the world’s largest markets, organisations of any size can and already do successfully win new business and form strong partnerships with some of the world’s leading public and private companies.

To gain a share of this spend, you need to ensure you have access to the right intelligence to understand the market, exactly what you will receive with DCO.

Register for DCO now.

 

The Analytical and Risk Approach to Fraud Conference

Please note that due to technical issues any delegates who have registered to attend The Analytical and Risk Approach to Fraud Conference in London on Tuesday 24th May 2016 will need to re-register their interest.

Event overview:

At this conference, fraud experts will discuss analytical and risk based approaches to countering fraud within Government.

The conference will be of interest to people involved in managing and mitigating fraud within their organisation and individuals responsible for providing assurance over fraud management.

Senior defence and federal law enforcement agencies from the US, Australia, New Zealand and Canada will also be present.

Event details:

Date: Tuesday 24th May 2016

Timings: 09:30 to 15:30

Speakers: 

  • Philip Dunne MP – Minister of State for Defence Procurement
  • Professor Michael Levi – Professor of Criminology, Cardiff University
  • Graham Ure – PricewaterhouseCoopers Partner
  • Robert Wilson – PricewaterhouseCoopers Senior Manager
  • Mark Cheeseman – Head of Fraud, Error and Debt, Cabinet Office
  • Steven Newman – Head of Fraud Defence, Ministry of Defence
  • Alasdair MacFarlane – Head of Corporate Security Services UK & Ireland, RBS Group

 

Location: Ministry of Defence, Main Building, Whitehall, London, SW1A 2HB

This is a free conference and refreshments will be provided.

Places are limited and will be allocated on a first come, first serve basis. The event is by invite only and you will need to bring the invite and photo ID on the day.

To register your place please email HOCSFD-Shared@mod.uk.

The Analytical and Risk Approach to Fraud Conference

The Ministry of Defence Fraud Defence Service invite you to attend The Analytical and Risk Approach to Fraud Conference in London on Tuesday 24th May 2016.

Event overview:

At this conference, fraud experts will discuss analytical and risk based approaches to countering fraud within Government.

The conference will be of interest to people involved in managing and mitigating fraud within their organisation and individuals responsible for providing assurance over fraud management.

Senior defence and federal law enforcement agencies from the US, Australia, New Zealand and Canada will also be present.

Event details:

Date: Tuesday 24th May 2016

Timings: 09:30 to 15:30

Speakers: Philip Dunne MP – Minister of State for Defence Procurement

Professor Michael Levi – Professor of Criminology, Cardiff University

Graham Ure – PricewaterhouseCoopers Partner

Robert Wilson – PricewaterhouseCoopers Senior Manager

Mark Cheeseman – Head of Fraud, Error and Debt, Cabinet Office

Steven Newman – Head of Fraud Defence, Ministry of Defence

Alasdair MacFarlane – Head of Corporate Security Services UK & Ireland, RBS Group

Location: Ministry of Defence, Main Building, Whitehall, London, SW1A 2HB

This is a free conference and refreshments will be provided.

Places are limited and will be allocated on a first come, first serve basis. To register your place please email HOCSFD-Shared@mod.uk.

The agenda will be supplied at a later date. If you require any more information about the event, please do not hesitate to contact the Fraud Defence team at HOCSFD-Shared@mod.uk.

British Armed Forces Re-launches Food Requirement

Are you interested in supplying food to the British Armed Forces in the UK? Do you supply frozen, ambient or chilled foods? Are you a small or medium sized enterprise? Do you operate at either a regional or national level?

The Ministry of Defence is re-launching its food supply solution to meet the needs of the British Armed Forces in the UK and is interested in seeking your views as to how the requirement might be best met.

Please join us at one of our regional engagement sessions at the following dates and locations:

  • Cardiff – Monday 4th April 2016
  • Donnington – Monday 4th April 2016
  • Exeter – Tuesday 5th April 2016
  • Chorley – Tuesday 5th April 2016
  • Reading – Wednesday 6th April 2016
  • Glasgow – Wednesday 6th April 2016
  • Cambridge – Thursday 7th April 2016
  • Lisburn – Thursday 7th April 2016

 

These sessions will provide you with the opportunity to tell us what you think and for the MOD to give you some more background and details.

To register your interest and book and appointment at your preferred location, please email Alex Potter on DESLD-DFPMailbox@mod.uk by Wednesday 30th March.

The MOD is currently developing its procurement strategy for this requirement and has initially sought views from industry via a Prior Information Notice (PIN) published in the Defence Contracts Bulletin (18th December 2015).

Behind the Scenes at DSS Yearbook [Video]

An official Ministry of Defence publication, the DSS Yearbook contains everything you need to know and grow within the defence industry.

Here BiP Solutions journalist Julie Shennan interviews DSS Yearbook Editor Paul Elliott to find out what goes on behind the scenes at DSS Yearbook.

The DSS Yearbook 2016 will allow you to align your strategy with proven industry trends and solid market analysis for the year ahead. This is a must-have resource for any firm working directly or indirectly within defence.

Not only does it detail who is buying what, where and when with a detailed breakdown of UK MOD and global defence spending, it contains up-to-date contact details for those all-important contract and sub-contracting opportunities in a comprehensive directory.

Order your copy of DSS Yearbook here….

DPRTE 2014: full programme announced

DPRTE MainMetalicLrg (2)The full programme for Defence Procurement, Research, Technology & Exportability (DPRTE) 2014 has been announced. The showcase, which will be held at the Motorpoint Arena Cardiff on 8 October, will provide a unique promotional, educational and engagement platform for both the Ministry of Defence and the UK defence supply chain to connect.  MOD DCB features writer Paul Elliott takes a look at the programme to see what delegates can expect at the premier defence procurement event of the year.

The UK defence supply chain is incredibly diverse, exceptionally innovative and highly capable of delivering world-class products and services to global defence markets. In the ever-changing environment that is the defence industry it is important for individuals involved in the sector to connect, collaborate and grow. This necessity for the UK defence industry to unite, from buyer to prime to SME, is addressed by showcase events such as Defence Procurement, Research, Technology & Exportability (DPRTE) 2014. Events are all about boosting the supply chain – forging relationships, learning about industry developments and bringing products and services to market. The defence market is not static; it is fluid and constantly evolving, which makes the networking, interaction and knowledge transfer opportunities offered by a dedicated defence procurement event even more valuable.

DPRTE 2014, to be held on 8 October at Cardiff’s Motorpoint Arena, will establish a platform to meet the needs of the entire defence community. The Keynote Arena offers a selection of impressive speakers reflecting the diversity of the UK defence supply chain. The opening address will be delivered by event Chair Dr David Moore, Director of the Centre for Defence Acquisition (CfDA) at Cranfield University. Cranfield is at the forefront of defence and security studies and its partnership with the MOD offers a unique gateway for teaching, research and consultancy. Cranfield utilises a unique set of capabilities, expertise and facilities to deliver practical solutions that make a real difference to the lives of military personnel and civilians across the world.Dr Moore will later speak about the challenges faced by the global defence procurement industry.

Susanna Mason, Director General (Commercial) for Defence Equipment and Support (DE&S), will speak at DPRTE 2014 and her keynote address is sure to be one of the highlights of the event. Ms Mason is responsible for DE&S’s external industry-facing activities, managing strategic relationships between industry and the MOD. She coordinates Strategic Defence and Security Review (SDSR) renegotiations and is the lead for the Whitehall Liaison Group. She also advises on individual investment decisions and ensures an effective commercial process and system is maintained and applied across the MOD. Since joining the MOD in 2008, Susanna has at various times served as Director of Industry Relationships, Director of Corporate Commercial and Director of Exports and Commercial Strategy. In November 2012 she was promoted to become Director General Exports before her recent appointment as Director General (Commercial) at DE&S. There is already much interest in Ms Mason’s appearance at DPRTE 2014.

The Defence Growth Partnership (DGP) is a collaboration between government and industry to help UK defence businesses meet the needs of defence customers around the globe. The DGP recently launched its Delivering Growth report which revealed its implementation plan to secure a thriving UK defence sector that delivers security, growth and prosperity for the nation. ADS Group, the premier trade organisation for companies operating in the UK aerospace, defence, security and space sectors, will deliver a session that will discuss interacting and engaging with the partnership.

Throughout the day the conference will feature a strong technological element and it is appropriate that Julian David, Chief Executive Officer of techUK, the UK technology industry trade association which was formed in November 2013 from predecessor organisation Intellect, is a keynote speaker. Mr David has spent over 30 years working in the technology industry and will offer a deep insight into technology and its role in defence. Driving technology to deliver national security, public safety and cyber resilience to the UK will be the focus of Julian’s keynote speech.

Following him will be Alison Seabeck, Shadow Minister for Defence Equipment, Support and Technology. Ms Seabeck is a former member of the Commons Defence Select Committee. She has also taken part in the Armed Forces Parliamentary Scheme, which gives Westminster politicians first-hand experience of the military.

The final session in the Keynote Arena, hosted by Cranfield University, will look at the challenges and opportunities offered by the forthcoming Strategic Defence and Security Review 2015. The Keynote Arena promises to be a hub of activity and discussion across all areas key to boosting business and strengthening the UK defence industry.

A look at the partners of DPRTE 2014

DPRTE MainMetalicLrg (2)DPRTE 2014 will be held at the Motorpoint Arena in Cardiff on 8 October 2014 and the event has again attracted high-profile partners. The Defence Science and Technology Laboratory (Dstl), Defence Equipment and Support (DE&S), UKTI Defence & Security Organisation (UKTI DSO), ADS, Tech UK and Cranfield University will be event partners and contribute to the opportunities for knowledge sharing and networking that the event promises to offer.

A partner at DPRTE 2013, Dstl will be back for more in 2014. Dstl maximises the impact of science and technology on UK defence and security – across government. Dstl works with the best people with the best ideas around the world to develop battle-winning technologies, based on deep and wide-ranging research, supporting UK military operations now and in the future. It also works in niche areas which are sensitive, operationally critical or international in nature and must therefore be undertaken within government.

Dstl maximises the impact of science and technology for UK defence and security – giving the right science and technology advice at the right time. As it did at DPRTE 2013, Dstl will be heavily involved in the Research and Technology element of DPRTE 2014.

Also returning as a partner in 2014 is the DE&S to support opportunities in procurement and the defence supply chain. The organisation has a £14 billion annual budget to buy and support all the equipment and services that the Royal Navy, British Army and Royal Air Force need to operate effectively. It works closely with industry, including through partnering agreements and private finance initiatives. DE&S is responsible for the procurement and support of ships, submarines, aircraft, vehicles, weapons, information systems, satellite communications and supporting services as well as general requirements including food, clothing, medical supplies and temporary accommodation.

Partnering on the exports side, UKTI DSO aims to help UK companies to export, through providing the essential government-to-government dimension required for the UK defence and security industry to build and maintain relationships with overseas customers. UKTI DSO provides support to industry to ensure products and services are promoted in an effective manner, meet the customer’s requirements and are supported by industry throughout the life of the equipment.

DPRTE 2014 aims to provide exhibitors and visitors with specialist export advice and practical assistance, enabled through UKTI DSO’s close working relationship with industry, the Ministry of Defence, Home Office and other government departments and agencies.

Also partnering DPRTE 2014 is ADS, the premier trade organisation advancing the UK aerospace, defence, security and space industries. ADS has offices in England, Scotland, Northern Ireland, France and India with new offices planned in China and the Middle East. Together with its regional partners, ADS represents over 2,600 companies. Technology trade association techUK is also a partner. It represents more than 850 companies that are defining today the world that we will live in tomorrow. Collectively these companies employ more than 500,000 people, about half of all tech sector jobs in the UK. The majority of its members are small and medium-sized businesses (SMEs) and techUK is committed to helping its members and the sector grow.

Partnering DPRTE for the first time is Cranfield University. Cranfield is at the forefront of defence and security and its partnership with the MOD offers a unique gateway for teaching, research and consultancy. It utilises a unique set of capabilities, expertise and facilities to deliver practical solutions that make a real difference to the lives of military personnel and civilians across the world.

A strong group of partners are in place, signalling an event that will be rich in expertise and opportunity. As the weeks pass more details will emerge, revealing the exciting prospects and details of the event.

Unique access to defence procurement buyers at DPRTE 2014

dprte13_wantsyouguyAs official event partner for Defence Procurement Research, Technology & Exportability (DPRTE) 2014, MOD DCO is pleased to invite you to explore the key challenges and future opportunities that exist within the defence acquisition supply chain.

DPRTE 2014 provides a unique educational and engagement platform for MOD and industry to connect, in order to explore the key challenges, programmes and future opportunities that exist within the defence acquisition supply chain.

In 2013 the UK MOD spent £19.9 billion with UK industry, on a wide range of products and services, making it the number one customer for UK industry. For industry, DPRTE 2014 will provide a unique opportunity to gain access to defence procurement buyers and understand how your organisation can grow its market share and influence the direction of future requirements.

For a limited time only, discounted private sector tickets are available for just £55 (usual price £95). To avoid disappointment, REGISTER NOW and enter promotional code EBD14 on the online booking form.

For further information on exhibition and sponsorship opportunities, please call 0845 270 7066, email exhibitions@dprte.co.uk or visit http://www.dprte.co.uk/product-showcase/