In particular ADS welcomed the White Paper’s proposals on technology, increasing exports, supporting Small and Medium Sized Enterprises (SMEs) and the Senior Responsible Owner (SRO) for Security.
ADS also said that the delay in the White Paper’s delivery has allowed for meaningful dialogue between industry and government.
Rees Ward, CEO at ADS, said: “Contrary to general opinion, the delay in the White Paper’s release would appear to have been beneficial, resulting in deeper understanding of industry’s concerns within government. The proof of the pudding is in the eating, and in the case of the White Paper, this means its implementation. Industry is therefore looking forward to working in partnership with government to ensure that the White Paper’s proposals are carried out to the benefit of both the nation’s defence and security and the achievement of growth in the economy.”
Commenting on the Government’s proposals on supporting SMEs, Mr Ward added: “There are over 3000 SMEs in the UK defence industry – more than France, Germany, Spain, Italy and Norway combined. These entrepreneurial and agile companies are the bedrock upon which industry success has been built, but they can only thrive if there is work available to UK industry, and procurement bureaucracy and red tape are minimised. Working with the MOD on their specific proposals over the coming months will be of paramount importance in ensuring that SMEs receive the support they need.”