Alternative and Innovation: The Defence Small and Medium-sized Enterprise (SME) Motion Plan

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Foreword by the Minister for Defence Procurement

Within the Defence and Safety Industrial Technique (DSIS) we set out our imaginative and prescient for a aggressive, revolutionary, and world-class defence sector within the UK that helps and strengthens our Union and is ready to give our Armed Forces the state-of-the artwork gear that they should meet the evolving threats that we face.

We recognise that Small and Medium-sized Enterprises (SMEs) are on the coronary heart of the colourful and versatile UK defence business supporting all kinds of top of the range jobs throughout the 4 nations of the UK. Nonetheless, we additionally recognise that these smaller companies face distinctive challenges and obstacles stopping them from fulfilling their potential of delivering each defence functionality and contributing to UK prosperity.

On this plan, we’ll set out how we’ll additional enhance the engagement we now have with SMEs, specializing in procurement fashions which are simpler to navigate, a recognition of the function the MOD and its main suppliers play in supporting the entire of the defence provide chain and understanding how finest to assist innovation and exports for UK suppliers.

We wish cutting-edge and revolutionary suppliers to see defence as a precedence market, enabling us to use the very newest technological advances to take care of the UK’s world-class Armed Forces’ battle successful edge. Key to this intention is ensuring that SMEs have a good alternative to contribute to UK defence and safety, and the flexibility to compete efficiently in worldwide markets. This plan units out how we intend to do that.

We printed our first SME Motion Plan in March 2019, and we now have achieved important progress. I’m delighted to current this up to date plan, following the publication of DSIS. It can assist us ship our imaginative and prescient of a vibrant, sustainable and aggressive UK industrial base.

Jeremy Quin MP,
Minister for Defence Procurement

Foreword by Andrea Hough and Andrew Forzani, co-chairs of the Defence Suppliers Discussion board SME Working Group

The publication of this second MOD SME Motion Plan comes at an important second. The Authorities’s Built-in Overview and the Defence and Safety Industrial Technique (DSIS) give us a singular alternative to ship the imaginative and prescient of an agile, sustainable and export targeted UK defence sector by discovering new methods to interact with the various and revolutionary smaller suppliers who will contribute to the way forward for defence.

A primary step in realising that ambition is the formation of the brand new Defence Suppliers Discussion board SME Working Group – it helps give SMEs a voice alongside our ongoing engagement with our established main suppliers. We’re delighted to be performing because the group’s first co-chairs and we’re excited by the distinctive alternative that it gives to carry SMEs, established defence prime contractors, the defence targeted Commerce Associations and MOD collectively to drive change. Extra importantly it provides SMEs the chance to be concerned from the outset in figuring out priorities, serving to develop options and for holding us to account for progress in opposition to our commitments.

Our exercise within the Working Group is being partly guided by the end result of a survey of SMEs working in defence that we commissioned in 2021. The survey offered some clear areas for focus and has offered a baseline in opposition to which we are able to measure progress. Particulars of the survey and the end result are contained in Annex H of this plan.

It’s important that we succeed. SMEs are already including immense worth to UK defence by way of their innovation, buyer focus and agility. Our intention, by way of this Motion Plan and the work of the SME Working Group, is to make sure that we take away the pointless obstacles to SMEs absolutely collaborating within the superior, sustainable and world beating defence business that we need to develop for the UK.

We sit up for working intently collectively on this necessary process, utilising the collaborative strategy of the Defence Suppliers Discussion board to permit authorities, business and wider contributors to form options to the problem we now have set ourselves. On this means we are able to be certain that our Armed Forces proceed to be supplied with the perfect capabilities and that our business can assist nationwide prosperity all through the UK.

Andrew Forzani, Andrea Hough

Part 1 – Introduction

The Defence and Safety Industrial Technique (DSIS) units out the federal government’s imaginative and prescient for the defence and safety sector within the UK. The DSIS report highlights the significance of smaller suppliers’ capability to ship innovation and develop options in opposition to a altering risk and worldwide safety panorama. This plan builds on the priorities set out in DSIS , the Built-in Overview, and the Defence Command Paper.

On this doc we set out our commitments to SMEs and clarify how we’ll meet them. We additionally spotlight sensible methods during which smaller and non-traditional defence suppliers can discover and compete for alternatives in UK defence, and supply an outline of what a brand new provider must know as a way to work with us.

For MOD workers and for our prime contractors this Motion Plan is a name to arms: a transparent assertion of our ambition and the function that every of us must play in realising these ambitions. We have to change our behaviours to make sure that a various and sustainable UK defence provide chain is developed, contributing to the energy of our Union and growing nationwide prosperity.

Context

SMEs are the spine of the UK financial system and are a significant a part of the UK defence and safety provide chain. They cleared the path in creating world beating applied sciences and providers which are important to sustaining the UK Armed Forces’ benefit in an more and more unsure world. The Defence and Safety Accelerator (DASA), which finds and funds revolutionary concepts for the good thing about nationwide safety, has persistently discovered that not less than 50% of the scientific and technical concepts which it assesses to be fascinating, possible and viable come from SMEs. SMEs carry a singular buyer focus and agility that provides worth all through the defence provide chain. In 2019-20 they contributed work value over £4.5-billion [footnote 1] to defence tasks, accounting for over 21% of Defence’s whole spend with business.

This significance is mirrored in DSIS, which set out an bold imaginative and prescient for the way forward for MOD’s relations with business. By way of this technique the federal government is decided to make sure the UK continues to have aggressive, revolutionary and world-class defence and safety industries, that drive funding and prosperity, and which underpin our nationwide safety now and sooner or later. DSIS recognises the significance of SMEs; the innovation, range, and resilience they create to our provide chain, and their contribution to nationwide prosperity by way of excessive worth jobs, coaching, and expertise throughout the entire of the UK. DSIS additionally emphasises the significance the Authorities has positioned on reworking the assist to SMEs in defence and safety export markets, recognising the contribution SMEs could make in our capability to proceed to compete within the international market.

That’s the reason the MOD is dedicated to supporting SMEs searching for to work in defence, whether or not contracting instantly with us or by way of bigger prime contractors. Our intention is to grow to be a buyer of selection for these suppliers.  

Part 2 – Key Details

The MOD manages among the most advanced and technologically superior necessities on this planet. Our clients embody our Armed Forces and nationwide safety businesses, and we purchase the whole lot from navy preventing automobiles to training providers, nuclear submarines to amenities administration and the whole lot in between.

Because the publication of our 2019 SME Motion Plan we now have:

  • Established a brand new Defence Suppliers Discussion board SME Working Group.
  • Established common conferences with the Defence targeted Commerce Associations (ADS, Make UK Defence and techUK) to determine and tackle current and rising SME particular points.
  • Modified our strategy to Limits of Contractor Legal responsibility, permitting SMEs to work extra simply in defence.
  • Supported honest cost practices by implementing authorities coverage on excluding bidders who don’t display honest cost practices[footnote 2] and selling the Immediate Fee Code.[footnote 3]
  • Refreshed our Early Market Engagement technique, making alternatives simpler to seek out.
  • Required suppliers of main contracts to promote sub-contracting alternatives on the Defence Sourcing Portal, serving to make alternatives extra seen for SMEs.
  • Launched simplified, plain English contracts for decrease worth, much less advanced procurements, and for the procurement of revolutionary necessities beneath £1-million.
  • Utilized the federal government’s Social Worth coverage permitting MOD to take into consideration bidders strategy to social worth, together with enterprise creation and progress, and the event of extra numerous supply-chains.

Our intention is to construct on this progress, to proceed to attract on the abilities and capabilities of SMEs to make sure that our clients are supplied with the perfect capabilities. This may allow them to guard the UK’s safety and to advance the UK’s pursuits, each now and in the long run; and in doing so, to acquire the absolute best worth for cash for the taxpayer.

Our procurement exercise covers a really big selection of necessities, together with:

  • Know-how: cloud and digital, community providers, software program and expertise services.
  • Tools and Help: ships, submarines, plane, automobiles, weapons, missiles, commodities and their assist (upkeep, restore, and improve).
  • Infrastructure: building, onerous and delicate amenities administration, property consultancy.
  • Analysis and Growth: with important funding uplift over the subsequent 4 years.
  • Undertaking Help Providers: together with Skilled, Administration and Consultancy providers.

The MOD will make investments greater than £85-billion on gear and assist within the subsequent 4 years. This pipeline of alternatives provides us the chance to make actual enhancements in our engagement with SMEs. A minimal of £6.6-billion will likely be invested in defence analysis and improvement over the subsequent 4 years.

The UK is without doubt one of the largest exporters of defence gear on this planet, successful orders of £7.9-billion in 2020. For safety exports, gross sales have been £7.95-billion in 2020.

Our Spend

In 2019/20 the MOD spent roughly £21.1-billion with business. A breakdown of our 2019/20 spend by Crown Business Service Class coding is offered beneath which is expressed in tens of millions.

A pie chart labelling the class spend in £M. Figures are as follows: Defence (Navy Tools, Weapons, Ammunition, Analysis & Growth) £7,815.76; IT £3,355.61; Services £1,834.43; Journey £252.37; Industrial Providers £2,260.94; Different (Comms, Logistics, Operation Items) £724.20; Skilled Providers Different £1,267.69; Skilled Providers – CCL £1,147.33; Development £947.31; Fleet £243.72; Power and Fuels £603.80; Engineering Items £622.28; Studying and Growth £538.99.

In Monetary 12 months 2019/20 we spent some £1.1-billion instantly with SMEs, up from £775-million within the earlier yr. For oblique spend, which makes up most of our engagement with SMEs, the figures have been £3.4-billion up from £3.2-billion. The chart beneath illustrates progress since 2017 in direction of our goal that 25% of our spend will go to SMEs by 2022.

A line graph detailing SME Spend % Comparability by Monetary 12 months (FY), together with Oblique Spend, Direct Spend and Total Spend.
Figures are as follows:
Oblique spend; 9.40% in FY 16/17, 12.3% in FY 17/18, 15.5% in FY 18/19 and 16.2% in FY 19/20
Direct spend; 3.70% in FY 16/17, 4.1% in FY 17/18, 3.8% in FY 18/19 and 5.1% in FY 19/20
Total spend: 13.10% in FY 16/17, 16.5% in FY 17/18, 19.3% in FY 18/19 and 21.3% in FY 19/20.

Part 3 – Including Worth: SME Contributions to Defence

Smaller suppliers add actual worth to MOD’s procurement exercise, accounting for some £4.5-billion of our spend with third social gathering suppliers in 2019/20. SMEs are partaking in our provide chain in all kinds of how, reflecting their range, buyer focus and agility.

The next examples spotlight among the success tales and display completely different routes that SMEs take to interact in UK defence. Defence will actively promote these to allow the teachings discovered to be shared and adopted throughout the entire of MOD’s enterprise.

Collaboration with different SMEs

2iC, D3A and 4GD are three impartial UK SMEs. 2iC are international leaders in offering digital interoperability within the battlespace; D3A Defence specialises within the improvement and supply of coaching options to the navy; and 4GD gives measurable close-combat digital and actuality coaching at its 4GD SmartFacility™.

They’re bringing their experience collectively to collectively create a reconfigurable, data-driven, non-ballistic shoot home that’s designed to enhance troopers’ shut fight expertise.

Help for Innovation: Defence and Safety Accelerator (DASA)

Over the past 3 years DASA has invested over £103-million on revolutionary tasks with business and academia; over 60% of this has gone to SMEs.

Cervus Defence – data-led innovation to enhance coaching and readiness. As a part of a £240,000 contract, Cervus Defence’s system was trialled with the Parachute Regiment in Kenya, bettering shot accuracy. Cervus director Alan Roan stated: ‘With DASA’s funding and entry to the end-user we now have been capable of obtain in a single yr what would have in any other case taken us three years and a number of rounds of fundraising.’

Oxford Area Techniques – Defence invested £1-million in a brand new era of pioneering British deployable satellite tv for pc antennas. The ‘wrapped rib’ antenna is lighter, much less advanced and extra cost-competitive than these at the moment out there commercially. It can make the UK the primary European nation with the potential of a flight-proven parabolic deployable antenna.

SimCentric – is a veteran-run expertise firm targeted on reworking coaching, security, and operational choice making by way of innovation. In 2020, DASA awarded the corporate £300,000 by way of the Open Name for Innovation (Speedy Affect), to enhance coaching for personnel, making it extra lifelike, intuitive and immersive, whereas reducing the prices. Trials have taken place with the Parachute Regiment, the RAF Regiment, and the Royal Marines. These checks have confirmed that Immersive actuality applied sciences have the potential to remodel coaching inside the UK MOD, offering reasonably priced and efficient functionality that bridges the hole between artificial and dwell coaching.

Partaking by way of the Provide Chain

Atec Engineering Options are a UK primarily based, privately owned SME manufacturing enterprise, at the moment working with a number of Defence primes, each within the UK and globally. The corporate has long-term agreements in place with Boeing Defence UK in assist of the MOD’s Chinook fleet.

Atec’s chair, Andrea Hough says: “Taking the chance to interact with and take heed to the wants of the worldwide defence sector and the big prime contractors is vital to constructing long run relationships and the alternatives to do that are there for SMEs. Over time, we now have discovered that investing time to each perceive and problem our clients, has enabled us to tailor our strategy and collaborate with them extra successfully.”

Offering Experience

Geometric Manufacturing Ltd is a specialist machining firm with an extended historical past of supplying the defence business through completely different routes and entry factors. Their merchandise might be present in a mess of finish use functions.

The corporate consider that sustaining shut collaborative relationships with its clients ensures that the manufacturability of shopper designs is reviewed proper from product conception, and the corporate has an in-house design functionality to take that assist to a excessive stage.

Experience extends down the provision chain, with a community of authorized subcontractors serving to to fulfill specialised necessities. The skilled assist provided by Geometric Manufacturing over a few years has contributed to assembly UK MOD, NATO and international authorities necessities, incomes helpful export income for the UK financial system.

Buyer Focus

Copernicus Know-how gives Maritime Patrol Plane Coaching and Consultancy Providers. The corporate gained contracts by way of an MOD framework contract supporting the RAF P-8 Poseidon programme offering visible recognition coaching materials and a complete, ground-breaking coaching administration system, together with a companion micro-SME, Aquila Studying.

The Poseidon Supply Staff discovered it extremely profitable coping with a micro-SME that actually understands and empathises with their wants.

Engagement with Defence Prime Contractors

In fact, MOD recognises that bettering entry to alternatives for SMEs additionally requires assist from MOD as the top buyer and simply as importantly aligning the pursuits of our prime contractors, who handle a lot of the defence provide chain. We’re working intently with these prime contractors, to make sure that collectively we’re maximising the chance for all suppliers to contribute their expertise and expertise in delivering UK defence and safety necessities.

Part 4 – Our Motion Plan

The sections beneath set out how we’ll assist ship on our dedication to SMEs and assist the goals of DSIS, permitting defence to learn from the numerous worth that SMEs ship. This requires us to enhance entry to alternatives and engagement with smaller suppliers all through the provision chain. It additionally means harnessing the expertise and experience of SMEs in how we obtain this by way of the DSF SME Working Group.

The actions being taken are knowledgeable by our ongoing engagement with the SME neighborhood, reflecting their expressed priorities and the obstacles that stop them from working in assist of UK defence.

This strategy is endorsed by the Minister for Defence Procurement in his function because the division’s SME Lead Minister. The next motion plan consists of goal dates and outcomes to permit us to trace our progress.

Driving Enchancment: The Defence Suppliers Discussion board SME Working Group

Within the Defence and Safety Industrial Technique (DSIS), we dedicated to strengthening the Defence Suppliers Discussion board[footnote 4] to assist be certain that SMEs have a voice within the improvement of the UK defence sector. Central to making sure that we ship in opposition to this dedication and the motion plan is the brand new Defence Suppliers Discussion board SME Working Group.

The inclusion of the federal government buyer, SMEs, prime contractors, and Make UK Defence[footnote 5] (representing the defence targeted Commerce Associations) implies that the options that we discover will likely be related and achievable. The continual dialogue enabled by way of the Working Group implies that our strategy will evolve, protecting it targeted on essentially the most urgent points for SMEs. The DSF SME Working Group will discover alternatives for enchancment. For instance, standardising and simplifying procurement processes to cut back the overheads related to working in defence.

Our intention is that the SME Working Group will present a spotlight for ongoing dialogue, and that collectively we’ll ship actual change to learn smaller suppliers. As a place to begin for this course of we requested the SME members of the Working Group to develop an inventory of their highest precedence considerations – people who have been most urgent and if addressed would make the best distinction to their companies.

So as to be certain that SMEs have a transparent voice and might lead the actions of the Working Group, the methodology used ensures {that a} majority of the members are small companies and that the Working Group and every of the three sub-groups are co-chaired by SMEs. This enables us to learn from their experience and expertise and ensures that SME’s real considerations are mirrored in our work.

Within the following tables we lay out the three key priorities that the SME members have recognized because the preliminary focus for the Working Group.

Precedence #1

Workstreams Motion

Motion Dates

Enhance visibility of Framework panorama.

The scope of this workstream will embody frameworks run by MOD, CCS

and primes.

·       Collect information on the SME engagement with Frameworks and influence of Frameworks on SMEs.  Establish what steps might be taken to handle these considerations.

·       Develop a route map illustrating the framework panorama throughout defence and wider authorities, and enhance consciousness of alternatives.

·       Develop a Framework Library to be hosted on GOV.UK offering data on key Frameworks.

·       Be taught from examples of finest observe, and determine areas for enchancment.

·       Finish 2021.

 

 

·       Dec 2021.

 

 

·       Jan 2022.

 

·       Jan 2022.

Precedence #2

Workstreams

Motion Dates

Enhance the visibility and transparency of alternatives for SMEs by way of the defence supply-chain.

·       Preliminary Proposal for JOSCAR-Lite portal for speculative registrations.

 

·       Develop proposal to enhance Commerce Affiliation co-ordination by way of Defence Commerce Affiliation Alignment Council (DTAAC).

 

·       Ts&Cs pilot – proposed suggestions by finish January 2022.

 

·       Develop proposal to enhance entry to FLC finish buyer.

 

·       Develop proposal to enhance entry to primes and inform function of SME Champions.

·       Dec 2021.

 

·       Finish 2021.

 

 

·       Finish 2021.

 

 

·       This autumn 2021.

 

 

·       This autumn 2021.

  • Preliminary Proposal for JOSCAR[footnote 6] -Lite portal for speculative registrations.

Precedence #3

Workstreams

Motion Dates

Develop methods to measure MOD’s engagement with SMEs to assist understanding and measure progress.

·       Establish different measures of SME engagement.

 

·       Think about how the out there information could be used as a dashboard to assist monitor the effectiveness of coverage. Mix lag and lead indicators to provide us a chance to enhance.

 

·       Commerce Associations (Make UK Defence, ADS and techUK) to think about worth of endeavor an annual survey to trace SME defence exercise.

·       Full.

·       Jan 2022.

 

 

 

·       Q1 2022.

 

Progress in opposition to these priorities is being pushed by targeted workstreams involving authorities, SMEs, the Commerce Associations and prime suppliers working collectively to develop actions. The workstreams will report progress usually to the DSF SME Working Group for scrutiny and dialogue.

We’re all the time searching for new contributors to enhance the DSF Working Group. In case you are an SME both working in defence or contemplating working in defence and consider you’ve got one thing to supply the Working Group, then please tell us by emailing us [email protected]

4.1 Business as a Strategic Asset

We recognise the worth added by the entire defence supply-chain, with very important contributions being made by primes, mid-tiers and SMEs. To assist smaller suppliers in our provide chain and to make sure that we maximise alternatives for UK primarily based suppliers, we’re strengthening our engagement with the defence business and putting in measures to enhance alternatives for suppliers primarily based all through the UK.

We’re partaking with our Strategic Suppliers by way of our Strategic Partnering Programme (SPP)[footnote 7] to affect behaviours to enhance the worldwide competitiveness of the supply-chain by encouraging wider range, innovation and sustainability in any respect tiers of the defence provide chain.

Dedication #1

End result

Goal Date

As a regular a part of SPP engagement we’ll search proof from Strategic Suppliers that they’ve or are creating effecting methods of partaking SMEs. Strategic provider SME Champions will report usually on progress.

Strategic Suppliers give attention to methods to interact SMEs within the provide chain and we are able to share finest observe throughout our enterprise.

By March 2022.

Revised Industrial Participation Coverage. So as to maximise alternatives for the UK supply-chain, the federal government intends to introduce a revised Industrial Participation coverage. The coverage will ask suppliers to set voluntary targets for UK content material and articulate their plans for opening up alternatives for the UK provide chain pre-contract; they may then be usually assessed in opposition to them (with Ministers briefed on progress in direction of targets).

The federal government will launch a pilot programme to develop these approaches, together with partaking with main defence gear suppliers on an preliminary set of MOD procurement programmes for each choices.

Dedication #2

End result

Goal Date

Revise the UK’s Industrial Participation Coverage, launching a programme to develop an strategy asking suppliers to set voluntary targets for UK content material and articulate their plans for opening up alternatives for the UK provide chain.

 

Encouraging Prime contractors to provide additional consideration to what the UK provide chain can supply, opening up extra alternatives for UK firms together with SMEs. Serving to inform HMG concerning obstacles to creating better use of the UK industrial base.

Q1 2022.

We are going to set up a Defence Provide Chain Growth and Innovation Programme, leveraging wider authorities funding and knowledgeable by profitable BEIS initiatives in civil sectors, to assist the event of a extra productive and aggressive UK defence sector. The programme will intention to develop stronger mid-tier defence firms and assist SME progress throughout the UK.

Dedication #3

End result

Goal Date

Set up an MOD and Business funded Defence Provide Chain Growth and Innovation Programme, leveraging wider authorities funding and knowledgeable by profitable initiatives in civil sectors.

Help the event of a extra productive and aggressive UK defence sector, together with the sector’s SMEs, lowering value and danger inside MOD programmes and supporting a UK defence sector higher capable of win home and export work.

Launch in Q2 2022.

We are going to set up a UK-wide Defence Know-how Exploitation Programme (DTEP) initiative. Constructing upon the profitable Nationwide Aerospace Know-how Exploitation Programme (NATEP) and knowledgeable by the Northern Eire pilot Defence Know-how Exploitation Programme (run by Make investments Northern Eire with assist from BEIS) MOD will set up a UK-wide DTEP. This programme will search to assist SMEs throughout the Defence sector in creating revolutionary applied sciences and successful new enterprise, by way of working collaboratively with larger tier firms. It can supply partial grant funding of tasks that are a collaboration between UK SMEs and a number of higher-tier companions, and assist MOD’s present and upcoming gear capabilities and expertise priorities.

Dedication #4

End result

Goal Date

Set up a UK-wide Defence Know-how Exploitation Programme (DTEP) initiative to assist collaborative tasks between SMEs and better tier firms throughout the UK.

Help SME suppliers throughout the UK to develop revolutionary supplies, applied sciences and merchandise and allow them to hitch Defence provide chain. The Programme will particularly search proposals which assist MOD’s present and upcoming gear capabilities and expertise priorities.

Growth of UK-wide scheme, aiming to launch in Q2 2022.

4.2 Acquisition and Procurement Coverage

The dimensions and complexity of defence procurement might be daunting for potential suppliers, and particularly SMEs working with the MOD for the primary time. That’s the reason we’re frequently searching for methods to make our procurement less complicated, extra clear, and extra accessible.

We’d like a Defence Acquisition System that drives tempo, effectivity, and worth in acquisition processes to fulfill the threats of the trendy world. We’re empowering programme groups to tailor their strategy to replicate the extent of danger and complexity, and inspiring collaborative working, together with with business, to set programmes up for fulfillment from the outset. Transformation of our acquisition system will likely be enabled by modifications in behaviour, together with encouraging people to take acceptable danger.

Throughout the MOD we’re encouraging groups to think about breaking apart bigger procurements into tons the place that is acceptable, opening up competitions to a wider vary of suppliers together with smaller suppliers and people with revolutionary options.

The UK’s departure from the European Union is a chance to reform the Defence and Safety Public Contracts Rules (2011) (DSPCR) which management defence and delicate safety procurement within the public sector. A major proportion of MOD’s procurement is carried out underneath this regime.

The next part lays out the federal government’s high-level coverage commitments and the way we’re implementing them to learn SMEs searching for to work in defence.

The MOD has launched into an bold and complete evaluation of the DSPCR as a part of the broader authorities evaluation of the Public Procurement Rules. The Cupboard Workplace has printed a Inexperienced Paper on Remodeling Public Procurement which goals to hurry up and simplify procurement processes and place worth for cash at their coronary heart. By way of this we’ll enhance the tempo and agility of acquisition, simplify the regulatory framework, tailor it to raised allow innovation and assist the pull by way of of latest expertise into defence and safety functionality.

As set out within the December 2021 Authorities response to the general public session on reworking public procurement, the Authorities intention is to mix 4 units of rules – together with DSPCR – into an easier, single algorithm, with laws introduced ahead when Parliamentary time permits. This may embody defence and safety sector-specific guidelines the place these are required to guard our nationwide safety curiosity or our industrial base.

SMEs will profit from a brand new regime that goals to hurry up and simplify procurement processes, with better uniformity within the guidelines throughout completely different departments, extra trendy industrial buying instruments, and better flexibility within the pull-through of latest expertise. This in flip ought to make it simpler to entry funding and funding.

Dedication #5

End result

Goal Date

As a part of the broader Cupboard Workplace led Procurement Reform Programme, we intend to switch the present PCR and DSPCR with a single uniform algorithm supplemented with particular options to provide better flexibility to raised go well with the traits of defence and safety procurements and people markets.

 

 

SMEs will profit from a simplified procurement regime, which is able to take away duplication and make procurement extra agile and versatile.

It’s meant that SMEs will profit from better ranges of transparency all through the procurement lifecycle, and there will likely be new rights for subcontractors experiencing cost delays in public sector provide chains.

A brand new single digital platform for provider registration will cut back complexity for bidding for public procurement. New versatile procurement instruments will likely be launched permitting suppliers to use to hitch at any time, benefiting SMEs and new entrants.

To be confirmed – dates for introduction of the Invoice are topic to Parliamentary enterprise.

The MOD has additionally been endeavor a complete evaluation of the Single Supply Contract Rules. There are a number of proposals that may simplify the regime, and pace up the contracting course of, which is able to profit SMEs. Particular proposals embody slicing the variety of steps within the revenue calculation course of, lowering the reporting necessities and bettering the dispute decision course of. Coverage proposals for reforming the Rules will likely be printed in a Command Paper.

Dedication #6

End result

Goal Date

We are going to publish up to date proposals in a Command Paper laying out how we’ll drive the specified outcomes by way of our main prime suppliers.

Simplification and dashing up of procurement processes and incentivising main suppliers to entry innovation and assist wider aims, together with assist to UK SMEs, will open up new alternatives for smaller suppliers.

Topic to parliamentary timetable settlement.

Limiting contractor legal responsibility. The MOD has printed an up to date coverage on the limitation of contractor’s legal responsibility, responding to business considerations that too typically the division has sought to place uncapped legal responsibility onto bidding firms, which they could be unable to handle, might deter competitors, and which don’t replicate the diploma of technical danger inherent in some defence tasks. This strategy had a disproportionate impact on smaller suppliers’ capability to work in defence and the brand new coverage removes many of those obstacles.

Dedication #7

End result

Goal Date

Guarantee industrial workers have the abilities required to take proportionate risk-based strategy consistent with the coverage by way of coaching and consciousness programme.

Proportionate strategy will take away barrier for smaller suppliers, permitting them to handle an acceptable stage of danger. 

Ongoing.

Persevering with to extend the potential of the industrial perform. Defence will proceed to work to extend the capability and functionality of its industrial perform. Together with different departments, we’ll proceed to spend money on the industrial experience required to assist the supply of DSIS and this motion plan, for instance, by ensuing our groups can assess markets during which we function in a extra subtle means and by persevering with to develop groups able to contracting for open methods in an agile means.

Dedication #8

End result

Goal Date

Upskilling of economic perform to capitalise on the extra freedoms delivered by coverage and observe enhancements.  New coaching out there.

MOD industrial workers strategy the market in a extra agile means, partaking smaller suppliers earlier within the course of and contemplating acceptable routes to market.

Ongoing.

4.3 Know-how and “Pull By way of”

We need to encourage innovation in our enterprise and entice new and non-traditional suppliers, together with SMEs, in any respect ranges of the defence provide chain. Our clients have put innovation excessive on their agenda and we count on this to be mirrored of their future necessities. Know-how is creating each threats and alternatives for the UK’s safety and prosperity, and innovation is important to sustaining our navy benefit.

Accelerating deployment of expertise and planning for through-life functionality administration. The MOD is investigating potential modifications to planning and commissioning processes with the intention of guaranteeing new expertise is exploited successfully and introduced into service seamlessly. We’re contemplating how the MOD would possibly want to alter additional to ship this imaginative and prescient.

Figuring out alternatives for co-creation and co-investment. MOD is supporting business and Native Enterprise Partnerships (LEPs) in piloting a community of latest Regional Defence and Safety Clusters (RDSCs), beginning with the South West of England. As part of the implementation of the Defence Provider Discussion board Innovation Working Mannequin for MOD and business, these clusters will permit business and authorities to share concepts and challenges, selling collaboration and commercialisation. By creating collaborative pathways for non-traditional and established SMEs to interact with MOD Strategic Suppliers and Tier 1 firms the clusters will supply a route into the defence provide chain. An growing variety of areas supported by MOD are at the moment working to ascertain the subsequent RDSCs in Scotland, London and the North West and Western Gateway areas of England with different areas underneath lively consideration.

South West Regional Defence and Safety Cluster – partaking SMEs

The primary of the Regional Defence and Safety Cluster (RDSC) pilots was launched within the South West in November 2020 by way of the lively participation of the regional Defence Suppliers – Leonardo, Babcock, Thales and Atlas Elektronik together with the Coronary heart of South West Native Enterprise Partnership, Universities of Exeter and Plymouth, Plymouth Metropolis Council and a lot of SMEs. The South West RDSVC gives a route into Defence for non-traditional SMEs primarily based in Devon, Dorset, Somerset, Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly. It gives the means to collaborate and commercialise alternatives with Strategic Suppliers and different SMEs by addressing innovation challenges confronted by Defence with alternatives from each MOD, the Strategic Suppliers and export markets. Membership is drawn from throughout the entire area, with associates in neighbouring areas. Since its launch over 150 collaborating organisations have grow to be members, together with 90 SMEs, with over half new to defence.

Dedication #9

End result

Goal Date

Pilot a community of latest Regional Defence and Safety Clusters (RDSCs).

Permit business and authorities to share concepts, selling collaboration and commercialisation. They’re meant to develop revolutionary regional industrial capabilities to contribute to UK navy functionality by creating collaborative pathways for SMEs as a route into the

defence provide chain.

Expertise and analysis of the pilot clusters (Q1 2022).

Guaranteeing that our acquisition system helps speedy exploitation of latest and emergent applied sciences. Growing the tempo and agility of the MOD’s acquisition processes will allow the pull-through of emergent expertise and the supply of functionality whereas it’s nonetheless technologically related. We’ve got recognised that we have to tailor our acquisition and approvals strategy to raised assist agile supply. We’ve got drawn on each inner and exterior expertise, to develop revised approaches that we’re at the moment testing. We are going to codify these modifications in our steerage to groups.

Dedication #10

End result

Goal Date

Revised steerage out there to assist groups in adopting an agile strategy to supply.

Fast-paced applied sciences have routes which guarantee they’re delivered extra rapidly and successfully.

Apr 2022.

The Defence and Safety Accelerator (DASA)

DASA’s mission to seek out and fund exploitable innovation to assist UK defence and safety rapidly and successfully, and assist UK prosperity extends to all SMEs who’re usually submitting over half of all new concepts. The DASA imaginative and prescient is for the UK to have strategic benefit by way of essentially the most revolutionary defence and safety capabilities on this planet and this depends on an ever broadening and deepening provider base. DASA’s distinctive workforce of regionally primarily based Innovation Companions hunt down new concepts and are hand to offer assist to these SMEs who haven’t beforehand labored with Authorities.

The Defence and Safety Accelerator funds innovation by way of two fundamental mechanisms: Themed Competitions and the Open Name for Innovation.

  • Themed Competitions supply innovators the chance to submit proposals round particular authorities areas of curiosity, with the intention of driving the event of applied sciences that tackle predefined challenges in nationwide safety.

By way of Themed Competitions, we work with the MOD, different authorities departments and organisations throughout the broader public sector to maximise entry to cutting-edge science and expertise, offering a path to strategic benefit.

  • The Open Name for Innovation is open to innovators with good concepts for defence and safety, providing them the chance to submit their concepts to defence and safety stakeholders. Improvements are welcomed that tackle any defence or safety challenges the place there’s a related safety Innovation Focus Space (IFA).

It’s open for proposals all yr spherical, with evaluation dates scheduled throughout the yr. We are going to gauge finish customers’ curiosity, then assess and contract the easiest of those concepts.

Dedication #11

End result

Goal Date

DASA will run innovation challenges enabling SMEs to bid for funding as a way to increase technical readiness ranges of revolutionary concepts which might tackle Nationwide safety challenges.

SMEs with revolutionary concepts can simply speed up technical readiness ranges and successfully.

Ongoing.

Defence Innovation Loans

DASA has launched a brand new Defence funding competitors: The Defence Innovation Mortgage, which at the moment has £10-million out there to fund Modern Defence options.

This service gives a chance for single small and medium enterprises (SMEs) with Defence options to use for a Defence Innovation Mortgage of between £250,000 and £1.6-million with an rate of interest of seven.4% every year. This mortgage can be utilized to cowl as much as 100% of eligible challenge prices to assist the commercialisation of the answer.
This new alternative is delivered by a singular partnership between DASA and Innovate UK, and builds upon our objective of serving to to transform mature defence improvements right into a viable enterprise proposition that may compete for Defence procurement.

Dedication #12

End result

Goal Date

Run a contest for SMEs to bid for Defence Innovation Loans to develop mature defence improvements into viable enterprise propositions.

At the least 3 SMEs per yr are supplied with mortgage funding to assist commercialisation of their revolutionary concepts.

Ongoing.

Entry to Mentoring and Finance

DASA’s Entry to Mentoring and Finance (A2MF) service is designed to offer innovators with entry to the intensive nationwide and regional enterprise assist, firm progress and funding ecosystem. A workforce of Regional A2MF Companions, working throughout the UK, is making these very important hyperlinks which provide companies a better likelihood of economic success for the services they’ve developed for the Defence and Safety sectors.
A2MF identifies, nurtures and educates:

  • Enterprise assist and incubation suppliers about working within the Defence and Safety sector.
  • Fairness finance and buyers in regards to the alternatives of the Defence and Safety sector.

The service additionally manages a bench of mentors, funders and sub-contractors that may assist and develop the DASA innovators.

Dedication #13

End result

Goal Date

Present an A2MF service to all DASA funded SMEs. DASA will maintain not less than one Investor Showcase a yr to introduce SMEs to potential buyers.

SMEs are supported in commercialising their revolutionary concepts and elevating their enterprise readiness stage.

Apr 2022.

Easy contracting

DASA makes use of the Innovation Normal Contract (ISC), a brief set of phrases and situations which were created particularly for the availability of revolutionary necessities. This simple to know contract goals to simplify engagement with DASA.

These phrases and situations are tailor-made for every competitors, are printed on the outset of every Themed Competitors and can be found on the DASA web site for all Open Name Cycles.

Case Research: Dstl SME Searchlight

Dstl is dedicated to working with a wider vary of revolutionary SMEs. That is underpinned by the SME Searchlight[footnote 8] challenge, set as much as entice SMEs and non-traditional defence suppliers.

In 2019-20 Dstl prolonged its Searchlight outreach actions, holding occasions for SMEs to know precedence Defence Science & Know-how (S&T) areas and interesting in innovation occasions akin to Venturefest South. Over 27% of DSTL’s procurement spend on S&T was with SMEs, both instantly or through a chief provider.

Dstl has sought suggestions and begun to take motion to additional cut back obstacles as a part of its personal SME Motion Plan, bettering its webpages and making engagement simpler for SMEs by sharing extra data. Dstl contracts at the moment are less complicated, with doc size minimize on common by 75%.

There will likely be additional readability out there concerning Dstl’s Mental Property (IP) place, significantly with regard to IP “possession and exploitation” that usually will relaxation with business. Dstl additionally intend to extend business and SME engagement within the design phases of their work to allow elevated innovation.

Dstl SME Searchlight is worked up to proceed to develop and enhance engagement with potential new suppliers and to assist them to work with Dstl on the slicing fringe of Defence analysis, Science and Know-how, bringing elevated innovation, agility and functionality, while supporting UK prosperity and financial progress. SME Searchlight priorities for FY 20/21 are Air Techniques, Synthetic Intelligence/Knowledge Science, Cyber, Futures analysis, Robotics/Autonomous Techniques, Area Techniques and Weapons Techniques (specifically Directed Power Weapons). Dstl has a selected curiosity in non-traditional Defence suppliers within the areas of Futures analysis.

For additional data go to “methods to work with or promote to Dstl[footnote 9] on GOV.UK, contact [email protected], or search on Linkedin (Dstl) or Twitter (@dstlmod).

Part 5 – Targets and Reporting

The Ministry of Defence has set an bold goal that 25% of our procurement spend will go instantly and not directly to SMEs in 2022.

So as to obtain this and to drive the appropriate behaviours by way of our enterprise and the supply-chain our refreshed Motion Plan consists of targets for supply in opposition to every particular dedication that we now have made and illustrates efficient approaches to engagement by way of real-life examples. The DSF SME Workstream on Measures and Transparency is taking a look at what different metrics can be found to provide a extra rounded image of SME engagement.

Progress in direction of our 2022 goal that 25% of our procurement spend will go instantly and not directly to SMEs is tracked yearly and is printed by Cupboard Workplace as a part of the federal government’s reporting of its SME spend[footnote 10]. The methodology used to calculate these figures is contained in Annex E.

Progress in opposition to the particular commitments made on this Motion Plan will likely be mentioned on the DSF SME Working Group, and the WG members could have an lively function in creating options to the challenges that we’re searching for to beat. The exercise will kind a part of the broader DSF Programme of Work which is monitored by the DSF Govt Group.

We recognise that spend is just one measure for monitoring the effectiveness of our strategy, and as a part of the work of the Defence Suppliers’ Discussion board SME Working Group we’re contemplating the event of further measures.

We’re taking a look at methods to higher perceive the financial contribution of defence to the UK financial system. We’re working to make sure entry to good high quality information on the financial footprint of the defence sectors. We are going to proceed to develop and develop the Joint Financial Knowledge Hub[footnote 11] (JEDHub) working collaboratively throughout authorities, business and academia to offer constant and neutral financial information on the sector. The JEDHub achieved Preliminary Working Functionality (IOC) on the finish of 2020. The JEDHub 2021 Annual Survey surveyed members of the Defence Development Partnership (DGP) and a few of their fundamental suppliers on a variety of employment associated matters, which is able to assist display Defence’s contribution to the UK financial system. We are going to proceed to take an incremental strategy to constructing the JEDHub, searching for to work with the defence targeted Commerce Associations like Make UK Defence, ADS and techUK, the place acceptable, utilizing their printed information and their major analysis so as to add to the JEDHub work.

Annexes

Annex A: Doing Enterprise with our Strategic Suppliers

Alternatives to work not directly for defence by way of our provide chain are accessible by way of our main suppliers’ personal web sites. The next data is offered to assist new and non-traditional defence suppliers navigate the defence setting.

*Please word that registering on any provider web site doesn’t assure that you can be provided work.

Annex B: Additional data and web sites

The MOD spends some £21-billion yearly procuring an enormous number of items and providers, offering wonderful alternatives for suppliers of every kind to become involved in our procurement exercise. Alternatives for working instantly with MOD might be accessed by way of the Defence Sourcing Portal and the federal government’s Contract Finder.

Procurement at MOD

MOD Organisations

Nearly all of MOD’s procurement exercise is undertaken by way of our purchasing organisations:

Defence Tools and Help (DE&S)

DE&S handle advanced tasks to purchase, assist and provide gear and providers that the Armed Forces Royal must function successfully.

DE&S – what we do

Submarine Supply Company

An government company of the Ministry of Defence.

Submarine Supply Company

Defence Infrastructure Organisation (DIO)

DIO is the property skilled for defence, planning, constructing, sustaining, and servicing infrastructure.

DIO net pages

DIO refreshed procurement pipeline

Defence Digital (DD)

The Defence Digital organisation manages digital and knowledge expertise (D&IT). It leads on defensive cyber technique, functionality improvement and coverage.

DD Group

Defence Science and Know-how Laboratory

The Defence Science and Know-how Laboratory (Dstl) ensures that revolutionary science and expertise contribute to the defence and safety of the UK. Dstl provide delicate and specialist science and expertise providers for MOD and wider authorities.

DSTL webpages

DSTL steerage

Defence and Safety Accelerator

The Defence and Safety Accelerator (DASA) finds and funds exploitable innovation to assist UK defence and safety rapidly and successfully, and assist UK prosperity.

Apply for funding

Annex C The Nationwide Defence Centered Commerce Associations

The MOD works intently with defence targeted commerce associations to assist ship its aims. Make UK Defence are the lead commerce affiliation within the DSF SME Working Group, co-ordinating the assist and engagement of the business facet.

ADS

ADS represents greater than 1100 UK companies working within the aerospace, defence, safety and house sectors. ADS focuses on supporting its defence members on a spread of actions by shaping the market and producing enterprise alternatives to allow members’ progress.

ADS web site

Make UK Defence

Make UK Defence is a nationwide not-for-profit, member owned defence commerce affiliation, a part of Make UK – the producers’ organisation. It champions and helps the UK’s revolutionary and numerous defence producers and the broader defence provide chain.

Make UK Defence Web site

techUK

techUK is the commerce affiliation which brings collectively folks, firms, and organisations to understand the optimistic outcomes of what digital expertise can obtain. With over 800 members (nearly all of that are SMEs) throughout the UK, techUK creates a community for innovation and collaboration throughout enterprise, authorities, and stakeholders to offer a greater future for folks, society, the financial system and the planet.

techUK web site

Annex D Progress since 2019

The MOD printed its first SME Motion Plan in 2019. The plan set out the division’s commitments to smaller suppliers and the particular actions we’d undertake to ship in opposition to these. We’ve got made good progress since, and beneath we set out the actions which were taken thus far.

Commitments delivered

  • Modified our strategy to Limits of Contrator Legal responsibility, permitting SMEs to work extra simply in defence
  • Help honest cost practices by implementing new authorities coverage on excluding bidders and selling the immediate cost code
  • Launched new coverage to enhance Early Market Engagement, making alternatives simpler to seek out
  • New coverage which requires suppliers of main contracts to promote sub-contracting alternatives on the Defence Sourcing Portal
  • Launched simplified, plain English contracts for decrease worth, much less advanced procurements, and for the procurement of revolutionary necessities beneath £1-million
  • Further social advantages which might be achieved by way of the supply of contracts are evaluated on the provider choice stage and delivered all through the lifetime of the contract.
  • Applied the Authorities’s Social Worth coverage for PCR and DSPCR procurements
  • Launched new Mental Property (IP) Methods into MOD’s acquisition processes making it simpler for SMEs to win new MOD work, and to retain and defend their IP

Annex E How authorities calculates SME spend figures

The division’s SME goal is made up of each direct and oblique spend with SMEs, and beneath we set out how the printed determine is calculated.

The federal government needs small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) to learn from central authorities procurement spend, both instantly or not directly through the provision chain.

Reviews on this aspiration are represented because the sum of two figures: direct spend and oblique spend, because the figures are calculated utilizing completely different methodologies. Their addition gives the determine in opposition to which the general aspiration is measured.

Methodology

These figures on SME spend are administration data printed within the pursuits of transparency. The information sources for direct and oblique spend are described in additional element beneath. Given the variations in methodology between direct and oblique spend and modifications in methodology between years, warning ought to be exercised when making comparisons over time.

Methodology: Direct Spend

To calculate direct spend, we use Dun and Bradstreet, a number one supplier of enterprise data, to categorise all authorities suppliers as both SMEs or non-SMEs consistent with constant definitions. We then use the departments’ accounting methods to calculate how a lot cash has been instantly spent with these SMEs. Departments are requested to incorporate the core division and its Govt Businesses and Non-Departmental Public Our bodies (NDPBs). Returns are reviewed and signed off by Business Administrators.

Methodology: Oblique Spend

Oblique spend with SMEs through the provision chain was collected by way of a survey issued by departments to their suppliers. For every division, we calculated the share of their procurement spend with giant suppliers which had been captured by provider responses. For these departments with over 70% of spend captured (i.e. with excessive ranges of confidence within the supply-chain information) an extrapolation has been utilized over the remaining spend to acquire a extra full image.

Probably the most just lately printed authorities estimates of departments’ spend with SMEs is accessible right here: SME Spend 2019 to 2020. The Cupboard Workplace publishes these estimates on an annual foundation.

Annex F Abstract of commitments

Dedication

End result

Goal Date

Dedication #1  As a regular a part of SPP engagement we’ll search proof from Strategic Suppliers that they’ve or are creating efficient methods of partaking SMEs. Strategic Provider SME Champions will report usually on progress.

Strategic Suppliers give attention to methods to interact SMEs within the provide chain and we are able to share finest observe throughout our enterprise.

By March 2022.

Dedication #2 Revise the UK’s Industrial Participation Coverage, launching a programme to develop an strategy asking suppliers to set voluntary targets for UK content material and articulate their plans for opening up alternatives for the UK provide chain.

 

Encouraging Prime contractors to provide additional consideration to what the UK provide chain can supply, opening up extra alternatives for UK firms together with SMEs. Serving to inform HMG concerning obstacles to creating better use of the UK industrial base.

Q1 2022.

Dedication #3 Set up an MOD and Business funded Defence Provide Chain Growth and Innovation Programme, leveraging wider authorities funding and knowledgeable by profitable initiatives in civil sectors.

Help the event of a extra productive and aggressive UK defence sector, together with the sector’s SMEs, lowering value and danger inside MOD programmes and supporting a UK defence sector higher capable of win home and export work.

Launch in Q2 2022.

 Dedication #4 Set up a UK-wide Defence Know-how Exploitation Programme (DTEP) initiative to assist collaborative tasks between SMEs and better tier firms throughout the UK.

Help SME suppliers throughout the UK to develop revolutionary supplies, applied sciences and merchandise and allow them to hitch Defence provide chain. The Programme will particularly search proposals which assist MOD’s present and upcoming gear capabilities and expertise priorities.

Growth of UK-wide scheme, aiming to launch in Q2 2022.

Dedication #5  As a part of the broader Cupboard Workplace led Procurement Reform Programme, we intend to switch the present PCR and DSPCR with a single uniform algorithm supplemented with particular options to provide better flexibility to raised go well with the traits of defence and safety procurements and people markets.

 

 

SMEs will profit from a simplified procurement regime, which is able to take away duplication and make procurement extra agile and versatile.

It’s meant that SMEs will profit from better ranges of transparency all through the procurement lifecycle, and there will likely be new rights for subcontractors experiencing cost delays in public sector provide chains.

A brand new single digital platform for provider registration will cut back complexity for bidding for public procurement. New versatile procurement instruments will likely be launched permitting suppliers to use to hitch at any time, benefiting SMEs and new entrants.

To be confirmed – dates for introduction of the Invoice are topic to Parliamentary enterprise.

Dedication #6 We are going to publish up to date proposals in a Command Paper laying out how we’ll drive the specified outcomes by way of our main prime suppliers.

 

Simplification and dashing up of procurement processes and incentivising main suppliers to entry innovation and assist wider aims, together with assist to UK SMEs, will open up new alternatives for smaller suppliers.

Topic to Parliamentary timetable settlement.

Dedication #7 Guarantee industrial workers have the abilities required to take proportionate risk-based strategy consistent with the coverage by way of coaching and consciousness programme.

Proportionate strategy will take away barrier for smaller suppliers, permitting them to handle an acceptable stage of danger. 

Ongoing.

Dedication #8 Upskilling of economic perform to capitalise on the extra freedoms delivered by coverage and observe enhancements.  New coaching out there.

MOD industrial workers strategy the market in a extra agile means, partaking smaller suppliers earlier within the course of and contemplating acceptable routes to market.

Ongoing.

Dedication #9 Pilot a community of latest Regional Defence and Safety Clusters (RDSCs).

Permit business and authorities to share concepts, selling collaboration and commercialisation. They’re meant to develop revolutionary regional industrial capabilities to contribute to UK navy functionality by creating collaborative pathways for SMEs as a route into the

defence provide chain.

Expertise and analysis of the pilot clusters (Q1 2022).

Dedication #10 Revised steerage out there to assist groups in adopting an agile strategy to supply.

Fast-paced applied sciences have routes which guarantee they’re delivered extra rapidly and successfully.

Apr 2022.

Dedication #11 DASA will run innovation challenges enabling to SMEs to bid for funding as a way to increase technical readiness ranges of revolutionary concepts which might tackle Nationwide safety challenges.

SMEs with revolutionary concepts can simply speed up technical readiness ranges and successfully.

Ongoing.

Dedication #12 Run a contest for SMEs to bid for Defence Innovation Loans to develop mature defence improvements into viable enterprise propositions.

At the least 3 SMEs per yr are supplied with mortgage funding to assist commercialisation of their revolutionary concepts.

Ongoing.

Dedication #13 Present an A2MF service to all DASA funded SMEs. DASA will maintain not less than one Investor Showcase a yr to introduce SMEs to potential buyers.

SMEs are supported in commercialising their revolutionary concepts and elevating their enterprise readiness stage.

Apr 2022.

Annex G Observe on the definition of Small and Medium-Sized Enterprises

The UK authorities at the moment makes use of the next definition of Small and Medium-Sized Enterprises (SMEs). All through this doc any reference to “SME”, “smaller provider” or related ought to be taken to confer with this definition.

The primary components figuring out whether or not an enterprise is an SME are

  1. workers headcount
  2. both turnover or steadiness sheet whole (every year)

Firm class

Workers headcount

Turnover

or

Steadiness sheet whole

Medium-sized

< 250

≤ € 50 m

≤ € 43 m

Small

< 50

≤ € 10 m

≤ € 10 m

Micro

< 10

≤ € 2 m

≤ € 2 m

These ceilings apply to the figures for particular person companies solely. A agency that’s half of a bigger group may have to incorporate workers headcount/turnover/steadiness sheet information from that group too.

How is the information calculated?

To work out the information to be thought-about and assessed in opposition to the thresholds, an enterprise should first set up whether or not it’s:

(a) an autonomous enterprise (by far the commonest class)

(b) a companion enterprise

(c) a linked enterprise

The calculations for every of the three sorts of enterprise are completely different and can in the end decide whether or not the enterprise meets the assorted ceilings established within the SME Definition. Relying on the scenario, an enterprise might should take into consideration:

(a) solely its personal information

(b) a proportion of the information in case of a companion enterprise

(c) all the information of any enterprise thought-about linked to it

Any such relationships an enterprise has with different enterprises (direct or oblique) have to be considered. The geographical origin or the sector of enterprise exercise of those enterprises will not be related.

Annex H Abstract of 2021 Survey of Defence SMEs

We undertook a restricted impartial survey of SMEs at the moment working within the UK MOD provide chain through the summer time of 2021. The intention was to offer assurance that the work that we’re taking over is concentrated in the appropriate means, and to offer a baseline in opposition to which we are able to measure progress. Under is a abstract of the findings.

The intention of the survey was to know, measure and validate SME perceptions concerning the extent of dedication and assist from the MOD and Primes, and to determine key areas to give attention to to enhance relationships with the SME neighborhood.

This was a small survey, carried out by a 3rd social gathering; 51 SMEs have been invited to take part, and 39 responses have been obtained, indicating a 76% response price. The survey explored total satisfaction with MOD and primes’ stage of engagement with SMEs; the general outcomes confirmed that there are clear areas for focusing enchancment exercise, and these are mirrored within the work being taken ahead by the DSF SME Working Group. The general rating for MOD was 43.8, and 44.8 for primes, whereas we may count on a ‘good’ consequence to be within the area of 60 or 70.
The outcomes replicate most of the considerations and priorities that we’re addressing by way of the SME Working Group. It has confirmed that the precedence areas to handle embody measurement and audit, and entry to primes together with an SME Champion function.

Efficiency Space

Mixed score

MOD score

Primes score

Business relationships

 

36.9

40.0

34.3

Individuals

 

55.7

52.7

58.5

Methods of working

 

36.6

36.5

38.1

SME Champions

 

10.1

Procurement course of and frameworks

 

34.0

36.3

32.9

Early market engagement

 

35.8

40.7

25.4

Authorized, phrases and situations, cost

 

54.9

60.8

49.5

Measurement and audit course of

 

24.7

27.8

21.7

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