UK Security Expo 2017, The Global Security Showcase, 29 - 30 Nov 2017, Olympia London





Prime and SME Engagement Programme 2016

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The Prime & SME Engagement Programme is a new and unique programme running alongside UK Security Expo 2016. Its objective is to bring SMEs with relevant solutions together with Prime Contractors, who are looking for innovative ways to solve customer problems.  

The programme explores the benefits of collaboration and also the issues surrounding protection of IP and negotiating good terms of engagement. There will be time for face-to-face meetings and networking in a private area of the gallery alongside UK Security Expo.


1000 – 1005 – Welcome from Barrie Millett Former Head of HSSE & Resilience, E.ON UK

1005 – 1010 – Introduction from QinetiQ

1010 – 1015 – Introduction from Leonardo

1015 – 1020 – Introduction from Thales

1020 – 1025 – Introduction from BT Security

1025 – 1030 - Introduction from Babcock

1030 -  1130  – SME / Prime Networking time

1130 - 1145 - MOD Defence Innovation Initiative Talk - Speaker: Mr Bryan Wells, Head of Defence Science and Technology in the Ministry of Defence.

1145 – 1200 – European Commission Horizon 2020 SME Instrument Talk

1200 – 1215 – Questions and Answer session

The Defence Innovation Initiative Talk

mod An outline of the Defence Innovation Initiative including the drivers behind the initiative, its key elements including the Innovation Research and InSights Unit and the Defence and Security Accelerator. 


Why Attend?

Prime Contractors

We establish what problems each Prime is trying to solve and what their priorities are. For example, a Prime may be working on a project for a Middle East based customer and looking to integrate new ways of encrypting, counter-surveillance, or to build in robust measures to resist hacking or testing and evaluation.

Innovative SMEs are then invited to attend to discuss their solutions and potential collaboration.

N.B. there is no cost for Primes to be included and no requirement to exhibit.

If you are a Prime Contractor please contact us for further information.


We brief each SME on the Prime’s attending to help prepare them in advance. We also establish what problems each SME can solve and encourage them to help each Prime understand the benefits of what they are selling as opposed to technical detail at this stage.

The SMEs can use the time to discuss their solutions with the Primes and find out more about their requirements and selection process.

N.B. there is no cost to SMEs to be included however they must be  exhibiting at the show.

If you are an SME a please contact us for further information.

Get Involved

Register your interest here