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Gavin Williamson recognises small businesses that are winning MOD contracts

The first of December marked Small Business Saturday – a celebration recognising the contribution that small businesses make to the country’s economy and local communities alike.

On the day, Defence Secretary Gavin Williamson acknowledged “small businesses across the UK are a vital cog in the defence supply chain.”

 

Small businesses bringing innovation to defence

In recent years, small businesses from every part of the UK have made a major contribution to high-profile defence projects.

Many have bid for work within the defence supply chain, working on projects such as warship galleys in Newcastle and building circuit boards in the South West.

Gavin Williamson said: “I would like to thank every small business in the country who has invested hundreds of hours of their time, their considerable skills and expertise in support of our Armed Forces.”

 

MOD investment in SMEs

Government organisations are keen to work with smaller businesses because of the ‘unique expertise’ that they can bring to the table.

In 2017, the MOD invested over £2.5 billion in SMEs as part of its commitment to making defence procurement opportunities more accessible. Hundreds of small businesses have also signed up to the Armed Forces Covenant, pledging their support for the military community.

 

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