Defence is a multi-billion-dollar industry and SMEs provide more than half of the sector’s employees. There are many opportunities for regional manufacturers and providers of goods and services to participate, however many firms don’t know how to meet defence industry requirements or build the business relationships that will help them win contracts.
Hunter Defence can help SMEs gain an understanding of the compliance requirements and procurement processes specific to the defence industry so they can position their firm to be a defence supplier. We can provide the knowledge SMEs need to develop successful business and selling strategies within the defence sector, as well as help firms to connect with contractors, fellow suppliers and industry experts and can alert them to contract opportunities and avenues for government assistance.
Our aim is to help SMEs progress from being ‘Defence Interested’ to 'Defence Ready’ – with potential to become an Advanced Defence SME or an industry Supplier of Choice.
A joint initiative between Hunter Defence, Department of Defence, Goal Group and Australian Industry & Defence Network NSW, the Defence Ready Seminar Series is designed to educate, prepare, grow and mature NSW businesses who are either active in, or considering, Defence as a business opportunity. It runs over 12 months and includes 13 training modules – each a complete course of 2-7 weeks.