UK SMEs play a vital role in our defence and security sales success. If your company is interested in winning an initial or increased share in these potentially lucrative markets, please join ADS and the Welsh Government for an informative and beneficial day, which is being organised with the assistance of General Dynamics. 


  • Hear from ADS about the UK defence market
  • Hear from officials at the heart of the Government’s defence/security export sales initiative
  • Discover how to sell your goods and services to the UK Armed Forces
  • Hear from General Dynamics about how it works with SMEs
  • Network with like - minded SME's 
  • Learn how an SME does business in the defence sector

This event is also a great opportunity to network and dicuss additional topics over and above those subjects covered by the speakers, including:

  • How to do defence business (both nationally and internationally)
  • Commercial aspects
  • Business Ethics
  • Offset and Countertrade 



09:00 Coffee & Registration

09:30 Welcome and Housekeeping - Senior Official, General Dynamics   

09:35 The UK Defence Market - Willy Hockin, Director Defence, ADS                                   

09:55 Session by Dickie Davis, Welsh Government

10:10 Networking & Collaborating for Success - John Whalley, Aerospace Wales

10:25 DIT DSO Support for UK SMEs in the Export Market – Russell Denman, SME Advisor

10:40 Session by Ben Olivier, UK Space

10:55 Coffee and Networking Break

11:15 MoD: Doing Business in Defence - John Kite, UK MoD

11:30 Help available from UK Export Finance – Christian Syme, UKEF

11:45 Session by Andrew Peaty, DASA

12:00 Session by Senior Official, General Dynamics

12:45 Open Forum / Q&A

13:00 Closing Remarks

13:10 Lunch & Networking

14:00 Optional Tour

15:15 Event Closes