How do you get on to the supply chain of a business that has a budget of £15bn and over 1,000 buyers? The Hertfordshire Business Incubation Centre (HBIC) along with the Defence Diversification Agency (DDA) would like to invite you and other companies from across the region to this special event (all sizes and sectors are welcome).

Understand how you can get involved in the MOD supply chain, from heads of the Defence Procurement, Export & Research departments at the MOD.

The MOD not only procures from major multinationals; it also relies on small firms and sole traders.  In fact, the MOD issues around £1bn worth of direct business every year to small companies. So with an annual purchasing budget of around £15bn and with over 1,000 buyers, this makes the defence sector an attractive market.  Furthermore, over 6,000 companies are awarded new business from the MOD each year. The MOD has a substantial requirement for products and services to meet the operational and day-to-day needs of a quarter of a million UK service personnel throughout the world.   This requirement is not only for finished goods, a significant amount of R&D is also "bought in" from business as well as research organisations. To join us and other companies in understanding how to win a slice of the MOD's £15bn budget then register online at  The programme will start at 08:30 with registration & refreshment and will finish over a networking lunch at 12:30 Venue: Hertfordshire Business Incubation Centre, Business & Technology Centre, Bessemer Drive, Stevenage, SG1 2DXDate: Tuesday 14 March 2006 Contact: Adam Tucker - or 01438 791062  

This is not a 'meet the buyer' event; delegates will learn how to win a slice of the MOD's substantial business worth £15bn annually. 

Senior MOD speakers will explain how you could supply to the MOD or gain commercial access to proven MOD technology to improve your own products and processes.  There will also be opportunities to network with the speakers and other delegates.