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Two separate workshops will run at 11.00am and 12.20pm. Spaces are limited and will be allocated on a first come first served basis.

Book now to reserve your space at your workshops of choice!


Morning workshop: Supplying tomorrow’s armed forces

The digital revolution that is changing manufacturing is also changing the very shape of our armed forces. Early exploitation of technologies such as artificial intelligence, robotics, automation, and big-data exploitation will be critical if the UK is to stay one step ahead of our competitors and adversaries.

Our expert panel will provide insights into what the armed forces of tomorrow might look like and how you can be part of it, helping existing and potential suppliers in defence ensure their innovation can be harnessed for operational use, securing their slice of the MOD’s £160m Transformation Fund.


Key Takeaways
  • Find out how defence determines what new technologies and innovations it intends to invest in.
  • Know how you can bid to participate in the latest science and technology competitions to be unveiled by MOD.
  • Learn the process through which your technology can be developed through to service with the UK Armed Forces.

Craig Priday
Managing Director 
Pearson Engineering Ltd

Scott Patterson
Defence Director 

Egil Ove Johansen
Vice President Navy Europe

To be announced shortly

Afternoon workshop: How to win business in defence

The UK spends more than £6.5Bn on defence equipment and support each year procuring everything from submarines to socks, which means there are opportunities in the sector for almost all types of manufacturers in the UK. With contribution to national prosperity now a measure by which those in charge of the UK’s defence budget are measured, it is in everyone’s interest to source new and innovative suppliers in the UK to deliver better kit, at better value, for our Armed Forces.

Make UK and NDI are working to make this happen – come and find out how you to be a part of it.


Key Takeaways
  • Hear how MOD is investing in UK prosperity and how your business can capitalize on this.
  • Learn from the sector’s biggest suppliers about how you can become part of their supply chains.
  • For entrants to the sector, learn how MOD intends to make it easier to win new business with them.



Andrew Kinniburgh MSc BA FIoD
Director General

Stephen Blythe
Business Manager
Jaltek Systems Limited

Ross Elliott
Managing Director - Aerospace and Defence

Jim Carter
Commercial Director, Supply Chain
Ministry of Defence