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Make UK Defence is a national not-for-profit, member owned defence trade association, part of Make UK – the manufacturers’ organisation.

We champion and support the UK’s innovative and diverse defence manufacturers and the wider defence supply chain.

Guided by our member Advisory Board, our mission is simple;

  1. to have a deep understanding of our members and their challenges, within the context of the domestic and global defence industry;
  2. to celebrate and amplify the success of the UK defence supply chain, whilst ensuring our members’ challenges and concerns are clearly heard and acted upon in Government and the Defence Primes;
  3. to help our members grow through networking and Meet the Buyer opportunities iv) to provide our members with true competitive advantage through our business and people development programmes.

The Ministry of Defence is the only government department to be awarded a 4 year spending settlement and a budget increase of £16.5b. With the renewed focus across Government and specifically the MOD on UK Prosperity and levelling up, and a renewed focus on winning overseas defence exports, there really has never been a better time to join the rapidly growing Make UK Defence and maximise your chances of success.

Together, we are helping to build an innovative, forward looking, internationally competitive UK defence supply chain.

Competitive Advantage Programme (CAP)

Make UK Defence has a team of defence business specialists who work with members, both large and small, experienced or new to defence.

The CAP specialists will help members’ boards to assess their defence business strategies, productivity, marketing, HR, Health and Safety, cyber security and procurement, to name but a few; where necessary, developing affordable tailored improvement programmes and providing expert support.

We also work with world renowned academic providers and the world’s oldest and most respected Defence think-tank RUSI, to help educate and inform our members’ teams.

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Supply chain consulting & training

Make UK Defence provides intelligence-led business opportunities to our members. We understand the requirement for companies to continually organise and train in order to compete in the market place.

Event sponsorship opportunities

Our sponsorship programme covers all our UK events, with a range of packages to suit your needs and budget plans. All events attract audiences from the defence, aerospace, space and security sectors.

Our Strategic Partners

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  SSAFA logo  Thales logo