WEAF Services

Becoming a member of WEAF provides many benefits that support your business and the aerospace industry as a whole.

Representation/influence

  • Championing aerospace in the South West and one of the largest aerospace alliances in Europe
  • Representing the interests of the South West aerospace community and able to influence key decision makers in industry, government and academia
  • Providing a voice for SMEs to ensure effectiveness in the supply chain academia
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Support

  • Business improvement and professional development services covering business, skills, innovation and technology
  • Marketing and support services covering exhibitions, material and administration
  • Offering a wide variety of high quality events
  • Helping SMEs understand the international and domestic market the industry

Connectivity

  • Connectivity and networking through member and business partnerships
  • Bringing industry stakeholders together to provide one cohesive community
  • Helping to improve efficiency and effectiveness in the supply chain 
  • An enabler, facilitating the pace and growth of the industry

WEAF Projects

WEAF continually seeks to deliver and support key projects vital to the future sustainability and growth of the aerospace sector, both nationally and in the South West.

Projects are normally either part of the national Aerospace Growth Partnership strategy and agenda, focusing on Technology, Skills, Manufacturing, and Supply Chain Competitiveness, or can be part of Local Enterprise Partnerships funded activities, which WEAF helps to align with the national aerospace strategy.

Currently, WEAF collaborates within the Federation, consisting of ADS and the other Regional Aerospace Alliances to deliver two specific projects in the South West –  Supply Chains for the 21st Century (SC21) and the National Aerospace Technology Exploitation Programme (NATEP).

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NATEP

The Aerospace Growth Partnership developed the National Aerospace Technology Exploitation Programme (NATEP) aimed at small and medium sized suppliers to help them develop their own innovative technologies to enhance their capabilities and increase their ability to win new business with higher tier companies anywhere in the world.

  • Supported by Major Aerospace Primes
  • Program delivered in 18 months
  • Mentored by a technology manager

 

Calls Call Period Deadline for Outline submissions to ADS
Autumn Call 2019 July 2019 – January 2020 August 9 2019 now closed
Spring Call 2020 October 2019 – May 2020 November 15 2019
Autumn Call 2020 March 2020 – November 2020 May 31 2020
Spring Call 2021 October 2020 – May 2021 November 13 2020

For more information head to the NATEP website.

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SC21


SC21 is a continuous recognition and improvement programme for the UK’s aerospace and defence industry.

The programme ensures that all companies use the same business tools and processes, thereby boosting the efficiency of the existing Nadcap and AS/EN9100 accreditations, and raising the performance and proficiency of the supply chain.

In doing so, organisations can aspire to achieve a process-based quality management system, attain a respected industry qualification and win more business as a result.

WEAF supports you every step of the way: from agreeing a set working guidelines with key customers or suppliers and assessing current performance, to creating an improvement plan and implementing the changes. 

We work with funding bodies to ensure that participating companies can maximise any financial support that is available. Our offer includes:

  • Starter package: 3-6 days depending on company size
  • Bronze package: 3-6 days to create a submission for a bronze award
  • Silver package: 4-6 days to create a submission for a silver award
  • Gold package: Days to be agreed on a company basis
  • Mentoring packages: As required, based on individual needs
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For further information, please visit: www.sc21.org.uk

SC21 rewards willingness to understand customers’ needs, a desire to boost supply chain productivity and an ability to make your company more appealing to stakeholders.

 

 

Cornwall & Isles of Scilly

Aerospace and Space – Cluster Growth and Investment Project

Project Overview

WEAF, a private sector company, is the delivery partner with the Cornwall Development Company for an exciting programme of Research, Development and Innovation (RD&I) support to the aerospace and space sectors in Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly, funded by the European Structural & Investment Funds (ESIF).

This project comprises a series of sector focused activities, aimed at driving higher levels of activity and investment in RD&I within the space and aerospace smart specialisation sectors in C&IoS.

The project will forge links with key academic institutions and businesses and represents a partnership between the public sector and private sector/industry, with direct links to Further and Higher Education.

Through this ‘Aerospace and Space – Cluster Growth and Investment and Project’, the aim is to deliver aerospace and space RD&I sector cluster growth through targeted activities in the key areas of supply chain and cluster competitiveness (known as ‘SC3’), innovation, technology exploitation, sector and investor engagement and inward investment.

WEAF Delivery – RD&I Activity and Cluster Support

CASTEP: Cornwall and Isles of Scilly Aerospace and Space Technology Exploitation Programme (CASTEP) – based upon the highly successful NATEP model (see above), the RD&I activity aims to enhance Cornwall-based SMEs’ innovation and technology development process, create new mutually beneficial collaborations within and beyond C&IoS, and support growth potential and opportunities

Supply Chain and Cluster Competitiveness (SC3): SC3 is designed to accelerate the competitiveness of the Cornwall aerospace & defence industry by raising the performance of its supply chains through the deployment and sustained adoption of proven Continuous Improvement toolsets such as SC21

Innovation Voucher Scheme: Innovation Vouchers can be used by eligible businesses to source external knowledge providers (recognised R&D agencies, HE/FE expertise) to help them grow and innovate through small-scale internal projects. The expertise sourced may be used to develop novel ideas, to help deliver innovation within the business, or, for example, obtaining specialist/expert advice around key RD&I matters such as Intellectual Property.

 Aerospace and Space – Cluster Growth and Investment Project

Project Overview

WEAF, a private sector company, is the delivery partner with the Cornwall Development Company for an exciting programme of Research, Development and Innovation (RD&I) support to the aerospace and space sectors in Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly (C&IoS), funded by the European Structural & Investment Funds (ESIF).

This project comprises a series of sector focused activities, aimed at driving higher levels of activity and investment in RD&I within the space and aerospace smart specialisation sectors in C&IoS.

The project will forge links with key academic institutions and businesses and represents a partnership between the public sector and private sector/industry, with direct links to Further and Higher Education.

Through this ‘Aerospace and Space – Cluster Growth and Investment and Project’, the aim is to deliver aerospace and space RD&I sector cluster growth through targeted activities in the key areas of supply chain and cluster competitiveness (known as ‘SC3’), innovation, technology exploitation, sector and investor engagement and inward investment.