Small businesses have been behind some of the UK’s biggest defence projects. Ministry of Defence organisations like Defence Equipment and Support (DE&S) and the Defence Infrastructure Organisation (DIO) want to work with a ‘diverse supply base’ and have implemented principles to help suppliers do business with them.
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In December 2018, the Department for International Trade’s Defence & Security Organisation (DIT DSO) declared that £24.3billion was paid by the MOD to UK and foreign owned organisations in 2017/18. Indeed the MOD is the single biggest spending customer in the UK, with its outlay equating to 45% of overall central government spend.
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Defence Secretary Gavin Williamson has said that “small businesses across the UK are a vital cog in the defence supply chain”.
Suppliers across every part of the UK have played an integral role in the development of recent defence projects, including the build of the new fifth-generation F-35 Lightning II fighter jets and delivering the Royal Navy’s largest ever warships, the Queen Elizabeth Class carriers.
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There are many security and defence tender opportunities to be found in the UK and ROI.
Defence buyers require much more than just traditional military materiel, such as ammunition and vehicles; their needs extend to cover a vast range of goods and services in sectors as diverse as ICT, research and development, manufacturing and blue light services.
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