NDI Conference 2016 – Growth through Innovation

The DUTE programme has been bringing together industrial innovation and defence opportunities and NDI offers the opportunity to meet new Partners and access new opportunities. We had a very successful day at the NDI conference.

If you were not able to attend this event, please click HERE to access the presentation made on the day.  You are also welcome to contact the DUTE Programme Office if you would like more information about opportunities to engage with the cluster:

Helen Corney, DUTE Project Manager    helen.corney@axillium.com



Defence Growth Partnership Presents Overview of Success at the Farnborough International Airshow

Under embargo: 00.01, 13 July 2016
Defence Growth Partnership Presents Overview of Success at the
Farnborough International Airshow

The Defence Growth Partnership (DGP) is reporting at the Farnborough International Airshow on a number of successful initiatives which are enabling the UK’s defence industry to grow and increase its share of global export market opportunities. These include:
• Capability roadmaps which identify tangible actions to develop UK capability and meet export customers’ needs
• The Team UK approach, a new way in which UK companies of all sizes are working together to win orders in competitive export markets
• Showcasing the winners of the DGP Innovation Challenge
• Ultra Electronics Limited announced as a new UK Defence Solutions Centre associate member.
UK Defence Solutions Centre
The launch of capability roadmaps represents a successful milestone for the UK Defence Solutions Centre (DSC).

Opened last year, the UK DSC brings together the best minds from across the industry to work in a pre-competitive, collaborative space. Roadmaps assimilate customer need with UK capability, in order to position the UK for future success by stimulating investment to fill gaps, and develop new products and services to bring to market:
• For SMEs, roadmaps provide a better view of market opportunities and how to exploit them
• For larger companies roadmaps demonstrate the value of collaboration in meeting customer needs
• International customers gain confidence in the ability of the UK’s complete value chain to develop solutions.

Minister for Defence Procurement, Philip Dunne MP said: “The Farnborough Air Show again marks another milestone in the development of the Defence Growth Partnership as it works to ensure the UK remains at the forefront of the global defence market. Britain is home to a highly innovative defence sector with companies of all sizes making a significant contribution to our nation’s security and prosperity, clearly demonstrated today through the latest DGP Innovation Challenge winners.”
UK SMEs and larger companies are able to get involved and benefit from these roadmaps by joining UK DSC Communities of Interest on priority themes, including:
• Training
• UK Defence Communications
• Situational Awareness & Air Intelligent Systems
• Unmanned Air Systems.

The UK DSC is also reviewing a range of other priority themes for developing UK capabilities including: combat air, aircraft upgrade, underwater systems and force protection.
Business Minister Anna Soubry, Co-chair of the Defence Growth Partnership (DGP) said: “The UK defence industry is a world leader and this joint industry and government partnership is helping UK companies be more competitive in the global market and win more business. By working together and focusing on what the customer needs, we can develop the skills, products and services that make us successful and attractive for inward investment. Britain is open for business and the DGP will help keep the UK at the forefront of an extremely competitive market.”
Allan Cook, Industry Co-Chair of the DGP said: “The Defence Growth Partnership is building on the tremendous momentum it achieved in the first phases; it has delivered on early initiatives and these are enabling the next phase of delivery for growth across the industry. One of the first of these initiatives was to strengthen UKTO DSO, and as a result export markets are being strategically identified and the industry is seeing higher success rates in those areas.
“I feel very proud of the work of the 16 member companies, with their supply chains, and the Government in collaborating to ensure the UK benefits from a strong defence sector. We are dependent on exports for growth but our competition is fierce. Through the DGP we are taking a unique proposition to the international market, our Team UK approach means we capture opportunities by presenting customers with a straightforward route into the value chain.”

Team UK approach
Through the Defence Growth Partnership, international customers benefit from a Team UK approach and a collaborative response to developing a solution. It serves as a highly efficient route to accessing the UK’s complete value chain. Being part of Team UK provides companies with wider access to market opportunities; they also gain from the advantages that close working deliver in terms of generating innovation.

An example of Team UK success is the launch of a £4 million phased programme to offer next generation of anti-ship missiles – Sea Venom and the Lightweight Multi-role Missile (LMM) – onto maritime helicopters, capturing a valuable export opportunity for UK industry. The UK DSC, along with industry partners including MBDA, QinetiQ, General Dynamics and Thales, with the direct support of the Royal Navy and MOD, identified that there was an opportunity for oversees users of maritime helicopters to maintain their anti-surface capabilities against modern threats.

Innovation Challenge
During the Farnborough International Airshow, Defence Ministers will be meeting the winners of the DGP Innovation Challenges to see the progress they’ve made. The three challenges on Persistent Surveillance from the Air, Immersive Mission Training, and Autonomy and Big Data for Defence have been run in a unique partnership between the MOD’s Centre for Defence Enterprise and the UK Defence Solution Centre. The challenges have highlighted a number highly innovative Small and Medium Sized Enterprises, like Close Air Solutions, based in Bristol, who are developing solutions to support the UK Armed Forces but where there a growing international market for a UK solution.

Engagement Strategy & Membership Model
The UKDSC gives every part of the UK value chain the opportunity to be part of a step change in how industry, government and academia work together as ‘Team UK’. In addition to the DGP Founders there are three further levels of membership and engagement:

1. UKDSC Associate membership – which offers suitably qualified enterprises to be able to participate fully in the full spectrum of UKDSC activity including market intelligence, capability roadmapping, developing interventions, innovation and formulating Team UK propositions.
2. UKDSC Communities of Interest – which offer a wide array of SMEs and academia the ability to share knowledge and insights to help develop capability roadmaps and interventions that improve market positioning.
3. Wider UK value chain engagement – simple registration through the UKDSC website enables every part of the UK value chain the opportunity to learn about the work of the UKDSC, its strategy and gain insight to some of its outputs.

The UKDSC announced that Ultra Electronics Limited became the first UKDSC Associate member on 11th July. It is anticipate that further companies and academic institutions will be joining in the near future.

Significant SME interest in DUTE Cluster at recent showcase event

Press release

On 17th March the Dual-Use Technology Exploitation (DUTE) Cluster held its first Open Day at the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS) in London. The purpose of the day was to showcase current DUTE partners, and explain the opportunities that exist for organisations considering engaging in dual-use technology.

The successful event saw a maximum capacity audience including an even split of SME’s, Tier 1 Suppliers & Primes, Universities, Trade & Government agencies.

Chris Owen, DUTE Programme Director from Lead Partner, Marshall Aerospace and Defence Group, kicked off the day by explaining the origins of the DUTE Cluster, its progress to date, and its growth ambitions. Current DUTE partners also presented updates on their innovative use cases to the cross-industry audience which included representatives from the Defence, Security, Advanced Manufacturing, Electronics, Rail and Automotive sectors.

Participants also heard from speakers from multiple Government agencies, such as BIS, UKTI, DSC and MoD, who revealed how the concepts of dual-use technologies align to governmental strategic objectives. Presentations from Ploughshare, British Antarctic Survey and DGP Skills group gave examples of how they have benefited from dual-use opportunities. The day ended with news from several Funding Agencies who revealed how future dual-use projects could be publically funded via Innovate UK, Rail Growth Fund and EU opportunities.

One of the benefits of the day was to give attendees the opportunity to be involved with the next stage of growth of the DUTE cluster, and following the event, over 20 % of the delegates requested further engagement with the cluster.

Feedback from delegates included comments such as “The day was very effective at communicating a range of interesting opportunities for partnership and funding” and “It gave me the opportunity to meet target individuals and new ones”.

If you would like to have more information about the Open Day event, plus have the ability to register interest in DUTE, please contact the programme office (Done.Kelly@Axillium.com) or visit our website at www.dute.co.uk

Successful DUTE Open Day held on 17 March 2016

1st DUTE Open Day 2016


The first Open Day for the Dual-Use Technology Exploitation Cluster (DUTE) was held on 17 March 2016 with great success.  Hosted in London by the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS) the event raised awareness of DUTE, including funding and innovation opportunities.

The current DUTE partners gave updates on their innovative use cases in adjacent sectors, and speakers from Government and Funding agencies revealed details of their strategies for dual-use and how such projects could be funded.

The audience of SME’s, Tier 1 suppliers, Primes, Universities and Government agencies were inspired to consider how they could engage with the DUTE cluster as it continues to scale up.

If you were not able to participate in this inaugural event, please find below links to the presentations made on the day.  You are also welcome to contact the DUTE Programme Office if you would like more information about opportunities to engage with the cluster:

Helen Corney, DUTE Project Manager    helen.corney@axillium.com

The DUTE Programme Directors are already looking at holding another open day towards the end of 2016, and we will keep you informed as soon as we have more details to share.


Presentations from the 1st DUTE Open Day held on 17th March 2016:

PART 1:   DUTE Origins and the Programme to date

Presented by DUTE Programme Director, Chris Owen of Marshall Aerospace and Defence Group

PART 2:  DUTE Use Cases

Presentations by DUTE Programme Partners

PART 3:  Strategy and where does dual-use fit in

Speakers from BIS, UKTI, DGP and the MoD

PART 4:  Examples of dual-use

Presentations by Ploughshare, British Antarctic Survey and DSC/Raytheon

PART 5:  DUTE Funding Opportunities

Speakers from Innovate UK, Finance Birmingham, Defence KTN, RCUK (Cranfield) and Horizon 2020 UK National Contact (EU)


Welcome to the launch of the new DUTE website

Welcome to the launch of our new official website for the The Dual-Use Technology Exploitation Cluster (DUTE). We are delighted to share with you our new site, with more information on DUTE our aims and some of our latest activities.

We invite you to start exploring:

  • Our background and aims for the DUTE programme
  • Our DUTE community of partners
  • Latest News and Developments
  • Meet us at our upcoming events – the next one is our Open Day on 17th March 2016 (visit bit.ly/DUTE-openday)

We will be rolling out new pages and more information over the coming months, and hope that you enjoy visiting our new website. We have tried to include as much as possible about DUTE  but will continue to grow and share more information with you as the cluster scales-up and makes further progress through 2016.

To learn more about DUTE or opportunities to join as a partner, please contact us for more information

DUTE Open Day announced

The First Dute Open Day Announced – 17 March 2016, London

The Dual-Use Technology Exploitation Cluster (DUTE) was first established in 2015 with the primary goal of helping boost economic growth by linking UK manufacturers from the civil and defence sectors – enabling them to benefit and grow from the best emerging technologies from the sector.

Our cluster continues to scale-up and we are pleased to announce we are holding an exciting ‘Open Day’ style event to promote awareness of DUTE including funding and innovation opportunities.

The event will be hosted by the Department for Business Innovation and Skills at the Westminster Conference Centre on Thursday 17th March 2016. The Open Day will show-case the first-round of innovative DUTE use cases and will offer current and future partners an opportunity to review the Cluster’s plans to boost cross-sector economic growth throughout the UK.

With plenty of opportunities to learn more about the DUTE cluster and a range of informative presentations from current partners including Marshalls Advanced Materials, NetComposites & Airbus Helicopters, Saietta Group and Horsebridge, this is a must-attend event for partners, potential partners and those wishing to engage with the investment or funding community to explore the Cluster’s opportunities further.

To learn more about the event or to register your attendance please visit bit.ly/DUTE-openday

We look forward to seeing you on the day.

DUTE Partners

New £10M fund to develop dual-use technologies announced

A new £10 million jointly funded project between government and industry will back the best new technologies and research that can have a “dual-use” in defence and civil sector businesses.

The Dual Use Technology Exploitation (DUTE) cluster will help boost growth by linking UK manufacturers, particularly SMEs, from the civil and defence sectors to draw on the best technologies of both to deliver game-changing solutions for customers. It is expected to create more than 140 jobs and safeguard a further 190 jobs across 15 partners up to 2019.

DUTE has been created as an output from the Defence Growth Partnership’s Value Chain Competitiveness Team which is chaired by Steve Fitz-Gerald, Chief Executive Officer, Marshall Aerospace and Defence Group. Marshall has led the 15 partner cluster, supported by Axillium Research, which includes SMEs, Mid-Tier and Primes from industry working alongside Academic institutions.

Notes to Editors

Dual-Use Technology Exploitation (DUTE)

DUTE is a £10 million project supported by Government and Industry, created to identify and leverage technologies from adjacent sectors such as rail and civil aerospace, and put them to dual use. It harnesses the UK’s vibrant community of SMEs, recognising the trend for greater investment in the civil domain, and augments it as a way to stimulate growth for defence exports.

Through DUTE, cross-sector fertilisation of thought and development will generate disruptive technologies for customers. Supported by an Innovation Cluster, there is a strong focus on connecting UK manufacturers with high-growth SMEs and technology start-ups, with the Cluster providing mentoring and technology showcasing opportunities as well as engendering innovation.

The £10.3 million project includes £6.5 million of government funding from the AMSCI (Advanced Manufacturing Supply Chain Initiative) 2014 competition and will create 142 new jobs, safeguarding a further 192.  The 15 partners involved in DUTE are Marshall Aerospace & Defence Group, Saietta Group, Airbus Helicopters, Cranfield University, C-Tech Innovation, Haydale Composite Solutions, Horsebridge Network Systems, KS Composites, NetComposites, Pro2Pro, Rinicom, SHD Composites, Sheffield Hallam University, TWI and XeraCarb.