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 & Babcock SME Champion

SWRDSC Event with Babcock SME Champion 26th Jan   We are looking to run an event with Babcock on SME subject matter on the 26th January 1100-1200. We have run similar events in the past with BAE Systems and Thales which were hugely popular and this promises to be...

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Dorset is hosting @ExtremeELive on the #Bovington Defence Training Estate this weekend. As part of the build-up race teams, industry and defence have gathered at the Defence BattleLab to share ideas and challenges in innovating to be cleaner and more capable. #JurrasicXprix

Update for members on Wednesday, with a briefing also from @ThalesUK SME Champion and CTO 🙌

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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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