MOD Engagement with Trade Associations

Information on the different trade associations that defence procurement work alongside.

Trade Associations are funded by businesses that operate in a specific industry, and many operate on a not-for-profit basis. Their activities are focused around enhancing the profile of their industry sector, and include influencing policy debates, driving innovation, and provision of supply chain and business development support (often with a focus on SMEs).

MOD has regular engagement with Trade Associations; details of which can be found below.

Team Defence

Team Defence collaborate securely across the defence enterprise to achieve end-to-end delivery of materiel and services, including support through-life. Team Defence is holistic and includes Users (for example, the MOD, Allies, other government departments and contractors) and Industry suppliers, spanning multinational prime-contractors and niche Small to Medium Enterprises (SMEs), securely collaborating across the defence supply chain and support network.


ADS represents and supports over 1100 UK businesses operating in the aerospace, defence, security and space sectors. ADS membership ranges from SMEs to global primes.

Farnborough International Limited (FIL), which runs the Farnborough International Airshow, is a wholly-owned subsidiary of ADS Group Ltd.

Make UK

Make UK champions and celebrates British manufacturing and manufacturers. building a platform for the evolution of UK manufacturing.

NDI (part of Make UK) champions and celebrates the UK’s defence & security industry. NDI represent the sector’s interests to government and champion our innovative, global and dynamic industry to the public.


techUKis the UK’s leading technology membership organisation, with more than 850 members spread across the UK. They are a network that enables members to learn from each other and grow in a way which contributes to the country both socially and economically.


UKspace is the trade association of the British space industry, representing and promoting space to government and other key stakeholders nationally and internationally.

Other Trade Associations

Procurement at MOD

Published 29 October 2020
Last updated 31 January 2022 + show all updates
  1. Addition of: Gauge and Tool Makers Association link.

  2. Addition of link to UKspace.

  3. Added information about 'Team Defence'.

  4. First published.