UK Defence Innovation: Simon Luck [video]

Innovation is key to boosting defence capabilities, a fact of which leading engineering, science and technology consultancy firm BMT is well aware.

Here BMT Head of Information, Simon Luck, talks to the then Defence Contracts Bulletin Magazine Editor Paul Elliott about the opportunities for innovation in the UK defence supply chain.

 

 

DCO

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.

 

Cyber Essentials Attraction: David Prince [video]

Here the Defence Contracts Bulletin Magazine Editor Paul Elliott speaks to Schillings’ Direct and Head of Cyber, David Prince, about evolving cyber threats.

 

 

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

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.

 

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….

National strategy for maritime security launched

Bow section of HMS Queen ElizabethThe UK’s national strategy for maritime security has been launched by Stephen Hammond MP, Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Transport. The strategy outlines, for the first time, the UK’s approach to delivering maritime security at home and internationally, setting out how the UK organises and uses its extensive national capabilities to identify, assess and address maritime security challenges.

Maritime security is a cross-government activity which brings together 16 government departments and agencies. At the forefront of these are the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, the Ministry of Defence, the Home Office and the Department for Transport.

The strategy outlines five priorities: promotion of a secure international maritime area where international maritime laws are upheld; helping other nations develop their own maritime security; protecting the UK and the Overseas Territories; assuring the security of vital maritime trade and energy transportation routes; and protecting the UK and the Overseas Territories from illegal and dangerous activity.

The strategy also introduces a robust government approach to maritime security decision-making and confirms the UK’s commitment to preserving the flow of maritime trade and upholding international maritime law.

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.