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UKTI DSO Symposium 2015

More than 200 delegates from the defence and security sectors attended the UKTI DSO Symposium last week.

The symposium is one of the most important events in UK Trade and Investment Defence and Security Organisation’s (UKTI DSO) calendar. The event attracts firms of all sizes, from large multi-nationals to SMEs.

In a change to the format from past years, the all-day event included break-out sessions on cyber-security, naval, air and land forces acquisition programmes. There were also representatives there from UK Export Finance as well as trade associations such as ADS and TechUK.

The Symposium was addressed by MoD minister Philip Dunne and Home Office Minister Karen Bradley.

The chief executive of UKTI, Dominic Jermey, said:

I was really pleased to see this so well attended and such a great range of briefing sessions on offer to these companies. It is a real credit to UKTI DSO’s partnership approach with business that we are working together so effectively to create export opportunities, that this event has been so successful.

He added,

These are some of the most innovative firms in the UK today.

They range from the large to the small and all are working to solve defence and security challenges.

The cyber security arena is projected to grow strongly, as is the area of disaster relief. That’s why we have put such special emphasis on this sector.

Looking to export, or find new export opportunities, see the Defence and security: exporting guide.