Supply Chain Solutions Framework


The UK’s aerospace, defence, security and space sectors are world-leading, generating well-paid jobs, high-tech exports and sustainable growth across the country. Through continuous investment in innovation and performance small and medium enterprises can increase productivity and capability.

The newly-launched Supply Chain Solutions (SCS) Framework is a single, simple access, cross sector programme led by industry through a partnership delivery model, facilitated by ADS on a not-for-profit basis, supported by the Regional Aerospace Alliances. The framework provides a comprehensive set of services to support all companies in all their development needs.

The framework will enable suppliers to improve their competitive performance, highlight opportunities to invest in innovation and digitalization, as well as helping them understand their current emissions profile and simple steps to make progress towards their sustainability goals and demonstrate advancement towards net zero.

Supply Chain Solutions Framework – Elements

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Knowing how much you have improved is interesting, knowing how far ahead of the competition you are is essential. The enhanced SC21 programme focusses on creating winners and helps businesses of all sizes develop the specific business capabilities required to boost competitive performance in the eyes of their customers.

 Step 1: Assessment

A scalable two-step assessment. Rapid deployment of “quick wins”.  and capture capability performance feedback from its customers. ​

 Step 2: Improvement

An individually focused scalable Continuous Sustainable Improvement Plan (CSIP) including 4 key areas: Competitive Strategy and Management Systems, Manufacturing Operations, New Product Introduction and Supply Chain.

 Step 3: Recognition

Evidence based performance awards which are customer approved and internationally recognised.

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Carbon-Emissions-ManualThe programme will provide services addressing scope emissions challenges through the support of Sustainability Solutions Providers (3rd party experts) as businesses embark on the journey to a more sustainability future.

Through our Carbon Emissions Manual we aim to help our members measure, report and reduce their scope emissions.


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The Sustainability Charter

The Sustainability Charter defines the commitment of members of the CIPS Aerospace & Defence Procurement Group (ADPG) to working together to co-create common solutions to Sustainable procurement challenges.

Working together the charter aims to provide a framework to support suppliers on their Sustainable procurement journey through the core themes of Supply Chain Engagement, Greenhouse Gas Emissions Data and Skills & Capability.

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ADS is supporting our members to navigate the ever-evolving digital space by creating a collaborative ecosystem across all the sectors, and by helping members to exploit digital technologies.

Digital Cabin

ADS-Digital-Cabin-LUsing 3D Web-GL technology, ADS have created a virtual aircraft cabin space – the ADS Digital Cabin –  where aircraft interiors companies can showcase their products and services to a global audience. OEMs and airline buyers can engage with the products in a new and immersive way.



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Cyber Security

ADS-Cyber-ToolkitThe ADS Cyber Security Toolkit – Guidance for the Supply Chain is supported by the National Cyber Security Centre.and facilitated in partnership with ADS Special Interest Group, the Digital Information and Systems Integrity Group (DISIG). The toolkit aims to equip the ADS supply chain to cater and respond to the increasing cyber security threats that confront us today.


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Digital Support

Digital Transformation Pack - AGPThe pathway to building our future industry is founded on the successful adoption of digital technologies and all parts of the supply chain will be affected. Every business needs to chart its own journey on the road to adopting digital technologies and this Digital Transformation pack is designed as a useful reference to helping the planning and implementation.



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Aerospace 4.0

Aero4-0-CoverIndustry 4.0, Digital Factory and Smart Manufacturing are hot topics in the manufacturing industry. The ADS Special Interest Group, Aerospace 4.0, exists to create a collaborative ecosystem across the UK Aerospace sector and to help you exploit digital technologies. Our goal is to improve our competitive advantage right across the UK Aerospace sector.



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Innovation funding builds on the UK’s strengths and responds to the challenges faced by industry. Funding helps businesses to grow through the development and commercialisation of new products, processes, and services.


ATI-LogoThe ATI creates the technology strategy for UK aerospace, which builds on the UK’s strengths and responds to the challenges faced by the UK civil aerospace sector. It provides a roadmap of the innovation necessary to keep the UK competitive in the global aerospace market, and complements the broader strategy for the sector created by the Aerospace Growth Partnership (AGP). Projects funded through the ATI Programme must align with the strategy.


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The National Aerospace Technology Exploitation Programme is a £20m programme to develop 80 aerospace technologies in the UK aerospace supply chain. The Aerospace Growth Partnership developed the National Aerospace Technology Exploitation Programme (NATEP) aimed at small and medium sized suppliers to help them develop their own innovative technologies to enhance their capabilities and increase their ability to win new business with higher tier companies anywhere in the world.


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The Defence Technology Exploitation programme (DTEP) will be delivered by the Department for Industrial Strategy and Exports (DISE) and the Defence and Security Accelerator (DASA). DTEP is a UK-wide initiative which will help the Ministry of Defence (MOD) deliver productivity and resilience priorities laid out in DSIS. The programme will encourage collaboration between lower and higher tier defence suppliers to deliver novel technologies, processes and materials aligned to MOD capability priority areas.

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Through the ADS Finance Forum we support companies to grow and develop their business by providing information on general financial issues, the role finance can play in sustainability, and implications of patents and trademarks.

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Through our Business Development Centre and dedicated Market Intelligence Analyst, we also signpost where funding support including funding calls, loans, and business support may be available to help delivered improvements.

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Business Development


From international trade shows, United Kingdom Pavilions and major domestic events, including Farnborough International Airshow, Security & Policing and DSEI, to specialist networking events, online briefings and industry conferences, our events programme ensures members get access to the markets and stakeholders that matter. Check our UK and international events calendar for all our latest events.

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Our range of over 40 Special Interest Groups provide specialist and exclusive networks of like-minded stakeholders to seek out new business opportunities, learn and influence markets and keep up to date with industry developments specific to your interests and objectives.

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ADS members receive regular briefings, reports and analysis from our dedicated sector, exports, policy and economics specialists on all the key issues affecting our sectors.

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Business Development Centre

Companies can gain access and support from a dedicated ADS business development team across all sectors, explore opportunities and intelligence via our online Business Development Centre with updates sent straight to your inbox, plus take part in regular Meet the Primes programmes.

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Ensuring a highly skilled future workforce to deliver a Global Britain

The UK aerospace, defence, security and space sectors support more than a million jobs across the country delivering high-wage, high-skill careers that boost local economies and communities.

Talent Hub

As elsewhere, our sectors must attract talented people across all genders and backgrounds if we are to find solutions for challenges such as decarbonisation, combat air and ensuring the safety of our communities.

Our Talent Hub is a centralised source of information outlining the future skills challenge for our sectors and response from government, our industry colleagues and partner organisations.

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Talent Recruitment Portal

Finding talent is a challenge expressed by many of our members.

Our Talent Recruitment Portal is a core part of the new Talent Hub and brings our 1,100 member companies, regional association colleagues and job seekers closer together. Listing cross-sector early careers roles such as apprenticeships and graduate opportunities that are easily searchable and candidates can register their CV for members to actively find them.

We have joined forces with Talent Retention Services (TRS) to create this Portal. Using their recruitment technology and extensive people network we can amplify the exciting roles available and give ADS members a tool to access talented, creative and inquisitive people.

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cranfield-university-vector-logo-600x400ADS has partnered with world-renowned Cranfield University to provide ADS member employees the opportunity to access a wide variety of discounted post-graduate courses to further their professional development. All ADS member employees can benefit from 10% discount on over 200 courses across a range of categories and themes .


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Security Vetting Services

ADS hold the necessary accreditations to be able to offer to sponsor National Security Vetting (NSV) clearances through the Ministry of Defence (MoD) and Police for employees of member companies that meet the requirements.

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Diversity & Inclusion

ADS members are increasing representation in the aerospace, defence, security, and space sectors through a myriad of Diversity and Inclusion (D&I) activities and approaches.

Our recent D&I report explores the areas of the employment outreach, recruitment, onboarding, employee experience. Some of the work ADS Members are undertaking to build more inclusive and diverse workforces is showcased as best-practice case studies highlighting efforts to fulfil industry wide targets and ambitions to build more inclusive and diverse sectors.

Through initiatives such as STEM Learning, the Women in Aviation and Aerospace Charter and Women in Defence Charter and the establishment of LGBTQ+ and EMBRACE internal networks, progress is being made to fulfil industry targets of more inclusive and diverse sectors.

STEM outreach initiatives such as Pioneers of Tomorrow and UK Rocketry Challenge help to inspire the next generation.

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Secondments-ADSSecondment opportunities allow companies to broaden and develop skills within their workplace and offer career pathways for employees. ADS has been operating a successfully managed secondment programme with MBDA for a number of years and is currently extending the programme.


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New Professionals Forum

New-Professionals-Forum-ADSThe New Professionals Forum is an ADS Special Interest Group which provides a supportive networking and professional development forum for early careers professionals in our sectors. Through collaboration and information-sharing, members increase knowledge and further develop their careers.



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How to take part in the programme

If you are interested in the Supply Chain Solutions programme or would like to find out more, please complete the enquiry form below and a member of the team will contact you.

    If you have any questions please contact


    Regional Aerospace Alliance Partners


    Industry Partners