The Defence Growth Partnership (DGP) has today published ‘Customer Ready’ – a comprehensive overview of the joint work between government and industry to increase exports, boost productivity, encourage innovation and develop skills in the UK’s defence sector.
Backed by Defence Secretary Michael Fallon and Business Secretary Sajid Javid and companies at all levels of the industrial value chain in the UK, the publication of the document coincides with the start of the Defence and Security Equipment International (DSEI) event – a world leading exhibition bringing together senior trade and military experts from across the supply chain in London.
The DGP has also made the following associated announcements:
Business Minister Anna Soubry, Co-chair of the Defence Growth Partnership, said:
“The UK defence industry is a world leader. It is essential to our national security and makes a big contribution to the UK economy, employing thousands of scientists, engineers, apprentices and manufacturers. The Government is continuing to work alongside industry through the Defence Growth Partnership to keep the UK at the forefront of what is an extremely competitive market. Supporting skills, innovation and new technology will help maximise opportunities for British businesses of all sizes.”
Minister for Defence Procurement Philip Dunne said:
“Today’s launch of ‘Customer Ready’ demonstrates that the UK defence industry is open for business. The UK has a highly competitive and innovative defence supply-chain, with world leading suppliers both large and small who through the Defence Growth Partnership are working together to respond to the defence challenges we face both now and in the future. I am pleased at the progress the DGP has made to ensure the UK retains a vibrant, competitive and strong defence sector able to respond to customer needs both in the UK and overseas.”
Steve Wadey, Co-chair of the Defence Growth Partnership said:
“I am delighted to be presenting the progress achieved by this dynamic and collaborative partnership to customers and industry at DSEI.
“As is clear from the announcements being made today and the successes outlined in ‘Customer Ready,’ the DGP has moved from strategy to implementation, and now delivery. Through this partnership, Government and Industry are working together in the international marketplace to meet the needs of customers around the globe and deliver a competitive and sustainable future for the UK’s Defence Sector.”