UKDSC SME Engagement Newsletter

UKDSC SME Engagement Newsletter

The UKDSC is pleased to publish SME Engagement Newsletter (Issue 03) for the period ending October 2020.

The SME Newsletter will be issued at the end of each quarter (approximately) and will contain companies, identified by UKDSC Head of Engagement that have a unique offering and are interested in supporting the wider defence ecosystem.

The current newsletter contains companies that have a unique or unusual capability offering that may be of interest to you or your supply chain. The companies within the newsletter, have provided their company synopsis along with their contact details should your company or your supply chain wish to make direct contact.

Further information on capabilities and capacity can be obtained directly from the companies (contact details contained within each synopsis) or by return e-mail to Ken Turley (Author).

Please click UKDSC SME Engagement Newsletter Nov 2020 to start reading.

For more information on how we can provide your business with  invaluable links into the DGP community, please visit SME supply chain.

DGP October 2020 Newsletter

The DGP October 20 newsletter contains:

  1. An Introduction from Andrew Cowdery, DGP Industry Co-Chair in video format
  2. Update from India Community of Interest
  3. Overview of the DDSF Portal Launch
  4. UKDSC Update
  5. Skills Group Update
  6. Value Chain Competitiveness Update

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We would welcome any feedback that you may have.


Defence Digital Skills Launch Webinar

The DGP Defence Digital Skills Framework was successfully launched at Farnborough Connect. 

If you missed the launch of the new Defence Group Partnership Defence Framework this week, make sure you visit the Farnborough International website where you can still view the webinar and hear speakers from industry and academia discuss the role of the new learning portal and the importance of digital skills to the future growth of the UK Defence sector by clicking here

Alternatively, you can view the launch session via the below YouTube link. 

DGP July Quarterly Newsletter

Scroll through the newsletter on this page and make it full screen by pressing the button in the top right of the newsletter box. Or you can access the newsletter here. The newsletter contains:
  1. An Introduction from Andrew Cowdery – DGP Industry Co-Chair in video format
  2. An update on the UKDSC’s Japan Interactive Workshops
  3. An overview of UKDSC Innovation Activities from David Wotherspoon – Executive Director of Innovation at the UKDSC in video format
  4. UKDSC Update
  5. Skills Group Update
  6. Value Chain Competitiveness Update
This newsletter is accessible via desktop, smartphones and tablets. If you are struggling to open the newsletter, please try using the latest version of Internet Explorer or Google Chrome. We would welcome any feedback that you may have.

Launch of the DGP Digital Skills Framework

Getting Ready for our 

Digital Future…

The Defence Growth Partnership Skills Group invites you to join us for the launch of our new UK Digital Skills portal designed to ensure all of us working in the UK Defence sector have access to the necessary skills to take full advantage of the digital revolution.

The event forms part of FIA Connect, this year’s reimagined online Farnborough Air Show, at 1400 Monday 20 July.

Hosted as part of the ADS FIA Connect programme, the webinar features:


Introduction to the DGP

Andrew Cowdery- DGP Industry Co Chair

UK economy and importance of skills

Nadhim Zahawi MP

Business and Industrial Minister

The Importance of skills
in the UK recovery

Clive Higgins

Director of Government Affairs, Leonardo   

Our Digital Future

 Hugh Milward – Microsoft

Dr John Erkoyuncu – Cranfield University

Panel Discussion

Lynda McVay – DGP Skills lead (Chair)

Julia Sutcliffe – BAE Systems

Hugh Milward – Microsoft

Dr John Erkoyuncu – Cranfield University

Vicky Weise – Qinetiq

Closing Address

Rt Hon Philip Dunne MP – DGP Deputy Chair

Hosted as part of the ADS FIA Connect programme, the webinar features:

As a member of the UK Defence Sector, you have the opportunity to join the webinar and learn about DGP Skills Group initiative aimed at delivering the ongoing transformation of the UK Defence Industry and what this offers you and your ongoing transformation of the UK Defence Industry and whats this offers you and your ongoing personal development.

To register for free and to ensure your access to the event as well as the full FIA Connect programme, please visit the Farnborough Air Show website

Latest COVID-19 Information – Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy

Please see the below RSS feed from the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy detailing the most recent news regarding COVID-19.

You can also access their website by follow this link.

Furthermore, please click here to be taken to the ADS COVID-19 Hub, which was set up to act as a central source of information for businesses in Aerospace, Defence and Security so that you can understand how COVID-19 may effect your business and make informed decisions.

Cross Sector Innovation – Subsea Autonomous Systems Competition Launched

In 2019 the UKDSC advanced its Cross-Sector Innovation (CSI) initiative within the subsea domain, through extensive engagement and support from a number of industry and government bodies including MOD, Royal Navy, DASA, UKRI-Innovate UK, SUBSEA UK, NSRI, BP, OGTC, OGA and the Offshore Energy Sector (OES).  Theses engagements have been successful and has led to the launch of the Cross Sector Innovation (CSI) – Subsea Autonomous Systems: Next Generation Technologies

The subsea autonomous systems CSI will address specific opportunities to deliver joint benefit to both the Defence and Offshore sectors by developing, jointly through their supply chains, a range of innovative emerging and enabling technology solutions.  As a result, £6.1m of funding has been made available by the various interlocutors to initiate a specific Innovation competition.  In summary, detailed dialogue between the major Offshore Energy companies and the Royal Navy (RN) have identified a shared appetite to deliver disruptive solutions around four distinctive enabling technology within the Subsea autonomous systems areas as follows:

  • Power & Communications
  • Sensors, Detection, Navigation, Processing and Data Fusion
  • Deployment and Modularity
  • Operations

COMPETITION SUMMARY:  UK Research and Innovation’s (UKRI) Robots for a Safer World challenge, is working with The Royal Navy, the Oil & Gas Technology Centre, BP and the Oil & Gas Authority on a new £6 million competition for business-led projects. Successful applicants will gain a place on a 5-day collaborative workshop to develop their proposals, then submit their final innovative and commercially viable new ideas.

The competition details are as follows:

Expressions of interest Opens – 13 Jan 2020

  • Competition Briefing Event 1 –  23 January, London Hallam Conference Centre, 44 Hallam Street, London, W1W 6JJ (Note this will also be a webinar session that will be posted to Innovate UK’s website)
  • Competition Briefing Event 2 – 30 January, Scotland the studio…67 Hope Street, Glasgow, G2 6AE

Expressions of Interest Close – 12 Feb 2020

5 Day Residential Collaborative Workshop – 20th to 24th April 2020

Further information will be provided through the UKDSC COI Portal/Website and shall be signposted through the RN Website, DASA Website, OGTC’s Website and Subsea UK’s as well as being available on Innovate UK’s website.

Please feel free to distribute this information further within your organisations to ensure maximum awareness and participation of your members.

DSEI Japan

Monday 18th November saw the launch of DSEI Japan, the first integrated defence show in the country and the first time the DSEI brand has been used outside of London.

DSEI Japan attracted twenty-six British companies, including a large selection of DGP companies. The show attracted around 1,000 attendees from the Japanese MOD as well as a strong international presence from the defence industry and several international delegations. We also had several senior stakeholders who delivered opening remarks and attended the show.

The UKDSC team at DSEI

The DGP supported the event in many ways;

  • In the run-up to the show, the UKDSC ran many sessions with Japanese industry to share approaches to international exhibitions and marketing plans to maximise presence.
  • A Defence Industry Dialogue (DID) was hosted and a portion of the session dedicated to workshop-style discussions on potential collaborative areas. This was greeted positively by both British and Japanese Industry.
  • UKDSC participated in a panel session as part of the DSEI Japan conference programme and presented at the British Embassy Defence Seminar giving further information on the DGP construct and how we work collaboratively with UK Government as one team.
  • DGP also sponsored a highly regarded RUSI Seminar.

DSEI Japan was widely hailed as a success, with the DGP Companies seeing the show as a positive way to engage with Japanese companies as well as the domestic MOD.