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5th February 2014 - Waterton Centre, Bridgend

Defence Growth Partnership Launch & Members' Breakfast Meeting.  Please CLICK HERE to see the agenda for the meeting. 

90 Defence companies in Wales were invited to find out what the Partnership could mean for them-

Representatives from defence businesses across Wales gathereed yesterday to learn about the work of the joint Government and industry initiative, the Defence Growth Partnership (DGP). During the session, they were briefed on how the partnership could help them grow and win new business, the event was held at the Waterton Centre, Bridgend.

The event, was jointly hosted by Aerospace Wales and aerospace and defence trade organisation ADS, was the first in a series of DGP road shows that will take place across the UK to brief companies on the work of the partnership and its progress so far.

Paul Everitt, chief executive of ADS Group commented:

“The UK defence sector is hugely important in developing and supplying world class equipment and services to our armed forces, as well as making an important contribution to the UK economy, employing over a hundred thousand in highly skilled jobs. The Defence Growth Partnership is designed to help these high tech companies tackle new challenges and win more business in increasingly competitive export markets.”

John Whalley, Chief Executive of Aerospace Wales said: "There are a large number of companies in Wales with a presence in the defence sector and the Defence Growth Partnership will support them in prioritising activity and maximising growth. This event will offer an important opportunity for the Wales business community to find out more about what the DGP is, what it will deliver and how they can benefit from its work."

In September 2013, UK Government and Industry published the Defence Growth Partnership’s strategic vision, ‘Securing Prosperity: A strategic vision for the UK defence sector” which highlighted identifies the sector’s core strengths and sets out how government and industry will work together to maximise the UK’s competitive advantage to boost British jobs, trade and growth.

The Strategic Vision for the Defence Sector sets out how the DGP will work together as it works towards publishing a full implementation plan for the sector in the summer of 2014.

"The event was very well attended and there has been lots of positive feedback from the attendees". Paul Lindsay, Ops Director, Aerospace Wales Forum.


Meeting 8th October 2013 - Waterton Centre, Bridgend

Over 60 members / delegates attended the breakfast meeting which was a joint event with the University of South Wales who were launching their INSCAPE program, work based learning project funded by the European Social Fundthrough the Welsh Government. a work based learning project funded by the European Social Fundthrough the Welsh Government. 

With a dedicated £60 million aerospace Enterprise Zone at St. Athan and over 20,000 people currently employed in 160 aerospace and defence companies in Wales, worth £5 billion annually, the need for skills development has never been greater.

The event was opened by Dickie Davis OBE, Head of Advanced Material & Manufacturing Sector for Welsh Government.

Dickie Davis, said that aerospace is a key sector in the AMM strategy and that the Welsh Government is strongly committed to supporting it.

Hosted by Aerospace Wales CEO, John Whalley, CEO who highlighted that Wales is an aerospace centre of excellence that offers fantastic opportunities for people looking to upskill in this sector.  Working strategically with Welsh Government on behalf of its members, the Aerospace Wales Forum can promote access to events, industry expertise, company capabilities, networking and training opportunities through high capability projects such as INSCAPE.

Speaking at the launch, John Whalley said that the National Aerospace Technology Exploitation Programme  (NATEP) will shortly be rolled out to Wales and will provide funding and support to the sector.

INSCAPE aims to meet the challenges of this growing sector and equip companies with a high level of supply chain expertise required to function effectively and drive business forward in today’s highly competitive market.

By 2015 INSCAPE is expected to assist over 300 individuals through the project and support the demand for high level skills through ‘real time’ applied work based learning in the convergence regions of Wales. INSCAPE was introduced by Project Director Andrew Thomas.