28 April –
The Chamber's regular brunch networking with a useful topic this month. The MOD focal point for the provision of advice and guidance to companies interested in selling to the MOD is the Defence Suppliers’ Service (DSS)
Philip Margerison, DSS Manager will explain how to become a defence supplier, some of the procedures and processes that MOD uses to buy a wide variety of products and services and how to access MOD tender and contract opportunities on-line and free of charge in the MOD Defence Contracts Online (MOD DCO) portal.
The MOD is British industry’s largest single customer. In FY 2014/15 it spent approximately £19.6Bn with third parties on a wide range of products and services. This amounted to between 40 – 45% of total Government spend with third parties. If a company can provide a product or service there is a reasonable likelihood that MOD may have a requirement for it, either directly or indirectly, at some stage.
The DSS advises companies of all sizes, both from the UK and overseas, but the vast majority of the 1,000 or so enquiries it receives and responds to each year are from SME companies.
VENUE: Copthorne Hotel Merry Hill, The Waterfront, Level Street, Brierley Hill, Dudley DY5 1UR
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