Working with the mod


The UK Ministry of Defence (MOD) is the government department in charge of defence. The MOD is one of the biggest public procurement organisations in Europe, managing some of the most complex and technologically advanced requirements in the world. Its customers, including the UK Armed Forces and national security agencies, buy everything from military fighting vehicles to education services and all kinds of facilities management services.

The MOD supports the British Armed Forces by providing world-class solutions for delivering national defence and security for the UK whilst ensuring the best possible value for the taxpayer.

Their procurement activity covers a very wide range of requirements, including:

  • Technology: cloud and digital, network services, software and technology products and services
  • Equipment and Support: ships, submarines, aircraft, vehicles, weapons, missiles, commodities and support (maintenance and repair)
  • Infrastructure: construction, hard and soft facilities management, property consultancy.

Spending more with SMEs

The MOD spends over £20 billion a year on its procurement requirements and the UK is currently meeting its NATO pledge to spend 2% of national income on defence – meaning the marketplace has never been more attractive for SMEs!

MOD organisations such as Defence Equipment and Support (DE&S) and the Defence Infrastructure Organisation (DIO) have released procurement plans and want to branch out and work with a ‘diverse supply base’. That means companies like yours!

The MOD recognises that SMEs have a great deal to offer in promoting economic growth.  That is why they are working to help SMEs, including social enterprises and charities, to gain a greater share of defence-related business  – as set out in the SME Action Plan 2019 -2022.

The Ministry of Defence SME Action Plan 2019-2022, sets a target of 25% by value of all departmental spend with industry to go to SMEs, whether directly or as part of the supply chain.

The Plan not only aims to boost SME business but also sets out initiatives that will remove barriers and improve access to opportunities for doing business with defence.

In the SME Action Plan, the then Minister for Defence Procurement, Stuart Andrew, stated that the MOD wants to:

“…encourage innovation and wider Small and Medium-sized Enterprise participation throughout our supply chain and will continue to pursue policies and practices that make it easier for new and smaller businesses to identify, compete for and win opportunities with the Ministry of Defence.”

Why Supply2Defence?

We understand that running an SME can be time-consuming, which is why we’ve designed our Supply2Defence service with you in mind, taking out the heavy lifting of sourcing and collating the latest defence, blue light (Emergency services) and civil opportunities and delivering them straight to you.

All you need to do is register and tell us the types of goods, works or services that your business provides so we can ensure we only send you contracts relevant to your business.

We have a dedicated team of researchers who review more than 3,000 sources daily and publish these directly into our tender alert portal – saving you time and resource on scouring multiple sites and signing up to various portals. No one has more open UK tender opportunities.

Your business can find and win MOD & blue light tender opportunities for free by registering for Supply2Defence. Registering for free automatically gives you access to all UK MOD contracts and awards – including DIO tenders! We will also send you daily alerts based on your master profile criteria – saving you time spent searching for relevant opportunities.