All SW RDSC members, together with the Defence & Security sector in general, have a desire to sustain and grow their businesses. 

Finding new funding opportunities, winning new business with an existing and new customer base and accessing the right kind of funding and finance are key to any business’ success. 

Whatever challenges there are in the political landscape, there are still new contract opportunities out there, as well as access to grants and other funding sources; Local Enterprise Partnerships (LEP) websites in particular are great places to start exploring local options.


The Defence Sourcing Portal is the new e-sourcing platform and one-stop-shop for contract opportunities, tendering and information on doing business with the Ministry of Defence. This new tendering capability will be launched in February 2021.

At the Defence &Security Accelerator (DASA), they find and fund exploitable innovation to support UK defence and security quickly and effectively, and support UK prosperity.



The following links will take you to the LEP websites where you can access local opportunities, grants and business finance arrangements. It’s always worth exploring the ‘business zones’ on the LEP websites too.


Innovate UK helps businesses develop new products, services, and processes they need to grow through innovation.

The Aerospace Technology Institute (ATI) promotes transformative technology in air transport. They create the technology strategy for the UK aerospace sector and fund world-class research and development.


Find overseas contracts, tenders and projects.

Positive change is driven through new ideas and innovation. But innovation is complex. Sometimes projects need connected with new opportunities or looked at from new perspectives to make the difference. This is where KTN comes in.

One of the most influential independent business leadership organisations in the UK, representing and working with over 18,000 businesses across the south west.

The SWRDSC is supported by the Great South West Partnership.

Plymouth City Council provide support via the SWRDSC Programme Coordinator.