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Aerospace growth agenda

In 2003, a business-led Aerospace Innovation and Growth Team developed a strategic framework to enhance the global competitiveness and success of the UK aerospace industry. Following the Team’s recommendations, business has been leading implementation actions in four main areas: Technology (through a National Aerospace Technology Strategy); Business Process and Supply Chain improvement (primarily through the Supply Chain for the 21st Century (SC21) change programme); Skills; and Sustainable Aviation.

Formal responsibility for developing and monitoring the delivery of National Aerospace Technology Strategy resides with the Aerospace & Defence Knowledge Transfer Network - a UK Technology Strategy Board programme hosted by ADS. ADS takes a leading role in the other aspects of implementation working closely with partners including the federation of Regional Trade Associations for aerospace, and SEMTA on skills.

Aerospace Business Leaders and Aerospace Growth Partnership Groups

In 2010, new arrangements for aerospace business dialogue with government were agreed, to build on the progress achieved in the above areas.

A new Aerospace Business Leaders Group, is now the senior engagement forum to discuss issues of strategic importance affecting the sector. The Group is chaired by the Secretary of State for BIS and also attended by the Minister for Business and Enterprise and senior BIS officials; industry is represented by a small group of UK’s top aerospace business leaders. Having identified key strategic issues, such as barriers to growth and key competitiveness drivers, that need to be addressed, implementation action will be taken forward through an Aerospace Growth Partnership group, chaired by the Minister for Business and Enterprise, with wider business representation across the supply chain. The plan is for each of the above groups to meet around twice a year.

For more information contact Roger Bourne on 020 7215 1128.


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