South West Regional Defence and Security Cluster

The UK’s first pan-Defence and Security Cluster


About the Cluster and its purpose


The SWRDSC is the first pan-Defence and Security cluster in the UK. It forms a collaboration led by industry and academia with the support of government and its ministerial departments such as the MOD and its innovation directorate, and the Defence and Security Accelerator (DASA).

The cluster seeks to aggregate and raise the profile of regional D&S capability to stimulate greater sector knowledge, business, economic growth and productivity across the South West region. It will attract businesses of all scales with an interest in D&S to deliver new sector and cross-sector capability. It aims to apply a ‘Team UK’ approach to enable more joined up working between industry, academia and government, providing an efficient and accessible route to industry curation and the region’s D&S value chain.


The SW RDSC shall provide access to a greater pan-sector network and provide opportunity for collaboration

Funding Streams

Unlocking the path to engage with key stakeholders and funding bodies, for tradition and non-traditional defence suppliers

South West

Full membership is open to Organisations in the regions of Cornwall & IoS, Heart of the South West, and Dorset LEP


SWRDSC and SMEs – Access to Defence

Date: 27 July 2022 10 00 - 12 00 Location: Online | Microsoft Teams Join the SWRDSC for this event where SMEs will be the primary focus of the event. The webinar will feature a presentation from Simon Jackson from Simon Jackson Consulting, where he will...

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SWRDSC Member Briefing with Thales & DASA

Join the SWRDSC on Wednesday 15th June to hear presentations from Thales and DASA on SME subject matter and Project DIANA. Date: 15th June 2022 | 10 00 - 12 00 Location: Online | Microsoft Teams The SWRDSC session will be joined by the Director of Research Technology...

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  • Membership of the SW RDSC is open to traditional and non-traditional D&S businesses, Higher Education and research institutions.


  • The Cluster’s geographical boundaries for membership are related to the coverage of Cornwall and Isle of Scilly, Dorset and Heart of the South West LEPs.
  • Membership categories are Full, Affiliate and Strategic

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