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Working with DE&S

Our defence industrial supply chain is just as critical to keeping our nation safe as our UK armed forces on the front-line. We work with businesses, ranging from large, established international companies to small, specialist niche providers, to help us deliver on our mission.

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Defence Sourcing Portal

The Defence Sourcing Portal (DSP) is an e-sourcing platform and one-stop-shop for contract opportunities, tendering and information on doing business with the whole of the Ministry of Defence (MOD).

Tender and contract opportunities valued over £10,000 are advertised on the DSP. Access and registration to bid for MOD opportunities on the DSP is free of charge and suppliers are also able to publish their sub-contracting opportunities on the portal. DSP also hosts important announcements for industry. Suppliers will be sent alerts via email with opportunities that are relevant to their industry, as well as emails informing them of market engagement events/webinars and MOD announcements that may be of interest.

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Contracts finder portal

The MOD also advertises on the Government’s Contracts finder portal. This is where central government departments and other public bodies advertise tender and contract opportunities valued at £10,000 and above. Access to Contracts Finder is free of charge.

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Have a great idea that you think could solve a Defence challenge?

The ideas marketplace is an online networking collaboration platform for UK-registered innovators and organisations to discuss, collaborate and share ideas to meet defence and security challenges.

The ideas marketplace enables innovators to get their ideas in front of an array of government stakeholders and end-users (including DE&S), other parts of industry and academia.

Through the ideas marketplace businesses can:

  • Access over £250 million in specialist government funding
  • List your ideas on the ideas marketplace (UK registered companies only)
  • Get notifications about updates to available funding opportunities.
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Corporate information

DE&S is sponsored by the Ministry of Defence. Find out more about DE&S by reading our most recent corporate documents.

More about Defence Equipment & Support

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Who we are

Part of the Ministry of Defence, we’re a mix of 12,500 talented civil servants and military personnel located across the UK and abroad.

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What we do

Delivering a programme of work of over £13bn annually, we ensure the UK Armed Forces have all the equipment and support they need for their operations.

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Work for us

Join us in specialisms from engineering to project management to commercial – take your first step to a more rewarding career with DE&S.

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