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Defence Growth Partnership (DGP)

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 DGP Implementation Plan unveiled at Farnborough International Airshow 2014

At Farnborough International Airshow 2014, the Prime Minister unveiled a package of measures underpinning the implementation plan of the Defence Growth Partnership. 

This plan includes:

  • Establishing a UK Defence Solutions Centre in Farnborough to bring together industry, with support from Government, to develop the new defence technologies of the future, identify future market opportunities and work together to ensure they have the products and solutions that will be in demand. The global defence market is estimated to be worth around £82 billion a year to 2022.
  • Launching a £4 million UK Centre for Maritime Intelligent Systems based in Portsmouth.  Government, industry and the Local Enterprise Partnership will bring together academics, scientists, engineers and naval specialists to develop cutting-edge technology for use in autonomous unmanned boats, submarines or other vessels.
  • Building skills for the future through a new Defence Apprenticeship Trailblazer to attract new graduates to the Industry as well as up-skilling the existing workforce. This Trailblazer will develop a new Masters level standard in Advanced Systems Engineering, a critical skill to deliver competitive advantage.

The DGP implementation plan is the culmination of two years of work and will see government and industry align £30m of resources over the next three years.

Speaking at FIA2014, Prime Minister David Cameron said:

“Having modern, technologically advanced and flexible Armed Forces to protect us and our interests is vital. Because of the difficult decisions we have taken to tackle the deficit we are able to make these vital investments in our defence capabilities. We are also taking action to sustain our thriving defence industry, as part of our long-term economic plan to back business, create jobs and secure a brighter future for hardworking people.”

The full implementation plan, Delivering Growth, can be downloaded at the link below. ADS Members have access to a series of one-page briefings which detail each component of the DGP implementation plan and what they mean for the UK Defence Sector:

What is the Defence Growth Partnership?

The DGP is a Government and Industry partnership to secure a thriving UK defence sector, delivering security, growth and prosperity.

How to get involved in the DGP

As a Government-Industry partnership, the DGP is an opportunity for companies at all levels of the UK industrial value chain to help build on our strengths and deliver enhanced growth and prosperity for the UK.  From Prime Contractors to SMEs, engagement from a broad base of participants is crucial to ensure that the DGP strategic vision becomes a reality.

To find out how your company can get involved in the DGP, please visit the DGP website:


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You can access the minutes of previous DGP meetings below:

The Aerospace Growth Partnership (AGP)

ADS are also working alongside government and industry to secure the future of UK Aerospace by creating a shared vision and plan for the UK Aerospace industry, as outlined in the Aerospace Growth Partnership (AGP). For more information on the Aerospace Growth Partnership, please visit:

Last modified : February 5, 2015