Doing Business With the MoD at City Event

13th February 2015

City businesses will be able to find out about tender and contract opportunities with the Ministry of Defence (MoD) at a Sheffield Chamber of Commerce event.

The Chamber is working together with the MoD and UK Trade and Investment (UKTI) to deliver the Selling to Defence seminar on March 5. The event will offer advice on how the MoD procures its services, as well as outline opportunities to sell to them. Government support available for small businesses in the defence/security export market will also be covered. Defence Suppliers' Service (DSS) is the MoD focal point for the provision of advice and guidance to companies - often SMEs - interested in becoming Ministry suppliers. DSS Manager Philip Margerison will give a presentation on the various procedures and processes the Ministry uses to buy a wide variety of goods and services, as well as how and where to access MOD tender and contract opportunities. UKTI's Defence and Security Organisation (DSO) is the lead Government department with responsibility for offering and supplying advice, information and support to UK companies seeking to win overseas business. Howard Gibbs has been in charge of the DSO Small Business Unit (SBU) since it was established in 2003, having previously occupied a number of positions within the MoD.He will explain how SMEs can access a wide range of advice, information and support for defence and security exports, and detail many of the services and expertise available from the DSO. The Selling to Defence seminar will be held at Sheffield Chamber's Albion House headquarters on March 5 between 9am and 12pm. The event will include a light breakfast, one-to-one sessions with Howard and Philip, and an open networking session. To book a place, visit www.scci.org.uk/events or call the Events Team on 0114 201 8930.

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