Policy Priorities

Our policy work helps to create the environment that allows our Members to invest in productivity, exports and growth. We work with local, regional and national Government departments and agencies in the UK, and with other European and international organisations involved in setting and implementing policies that impact our sectors.


Our aerospace policy focuses on the industrial, environmental and regulatory policy priorities for the UK civil aerospace industry.

  • Aerospace and the EU: Securing the best possible agreement for the Aerospace industry as the UK forges a new relationship with the EU. Priorities include securing access to, and influence in, the European Aviation and Safety Agency (EASA), continued membership of REACH and the European Chemicals Agency (ECHA), retaining full access to R&D programmes and agreeing a positive trading and customs arrangement.
  • European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA): ADS supports the implementation of reform to EASA’s roles and responsibilities in 2018 – with an agency that is flexible, responds to industry growth and the development of new technology, and encompasses a risk based approach to aviation safety.
  • Supporting the Aerospace Growth Partnership: ADS is working to promote the AGP’s ongoing initiatives within the UK Government’s modern industrial strategy framework, and maintain their positive impact on UK Aerospace and the wider economy.
  • UK Aviation Policy Framework: ADS supports a refreshed UK aviation policy framework that encompasses support for innovation and new technology, which helps to improve aviation’s environmental footprint and boosts the passenger experience.


Our defence policy priorities include working with Government to ensure the UK Defence industry can maximise its contribution to national security and economic prosperity.

  • Defence and the EU: Working with government to ensure the UK has access to a future European Defence Research programme, retains membership of the European Defence Agency and seeks to strengthen and deepen its relationships with international allies as we prepare to leave the EU.
  • Defence Industrial Policy: Advocating for a wider definition of value for money and a systematic approach to pre-competitive engagement in the defence acquisition process.
  • Defence Transformation: Ensuring that the implementation of the Modernising Defence Programme maximises the contribution of the UK’s defence industry to the mutually reinforcing objectives of safeguarding national security and generating economic prosperity.
  • Promoting the Defence Growth Partnership: Working to support the DGP as it seeks to grow the UK’s global market share through increased exports, foster greater collaboration and innovation across the sector, and improve competitiveness through the whole value chain.
  • Strengthening the UK Defence Exports: Working across government to identify and resolve barriers to defence and security exports, promote a ‘Team UK’ approach to exports and ensure exportability is a key consideration in the defence procurement process.
  • Supporting SMEs: Promoting the interests of SMEs and working to ensure government commercial policies encourage SMEs to do business with the MOD.


Our security policy work focuses on practical initiatives to support UK security exports, open up access to procurement opportunities, and promote investment in R&D.

  • Supporting the Security and Resilience Growth Partnership (SRGP) and the Joint Security and Resilience Centre (JSaRC): ADS works with JSaRC and the SRGP to coordinate innovation, R&D, procurement and export policy, and to provide the government with the necessary technologies, expertise, and services to help deliver national security objectives.
  • Strengthening UK Security Exports: To promote a whole-of-Government approach to security exports, particularly working with DIT DSO and JSaRC, to ensure that UK export policy supports the UK security industry.
  • Leading the UK Security and Resilience Industry Suppliers Community: ADS has a leading role in bringing the wider security and resilience sector together under the alliance of RISC, providing a unified voice for the sector in engagement with the Security Minister-led SRGP.
  • Maximising the Security Sector’s Engagement with Government: Engaging with government on behalf of the security industry to help develop and implement policy, including CONTEST, the forthcoming Security Export Strategy and the Initial Cyber Security Skills strategy.
  • Security and the EU: Ensuring the UK security industry secures the best possible deal as the UK prepares to leave the EU. Priorities include continued engagement with European R&D programmes, ensuring that there are no skills shortages, and that new trade and political arrangements have minimal impact on the UK security industry’s supply chains.