National Interfaces


ADS represents and supports over 1100 UK businesses operating in the aerospace, defence, security and space sectors. Their membership ranges from SMEs to global primes.

ADS is at the forefront of an array of activities, events and programmes that benefit their members.

ADS Website 

Make UK

Make UK is backing manufacturing to engineer a digital, global and green future. They work to influence government policy to ensure the issues that matter to UK manufacturing are heard.

Make UK are campaigning to ensure the sector are global leaders on world markets, making a digital future reality, leading the green revolution, and inspiring the next generation of creators, makers and innovators.

Their message to Government is clear, back UK manufacturing and support manufacturers to: boost productivity, power economic growth; and deliver shared opportunity in every region of the UK.

Make UK Website 

Midlands Aerospace Alliance 

The Midlands Aerospace Alliance was formed in 2003 to support and represent the aerospace industry across the Midlands region.

MAA Website 

Farnborough Aerospace Consortium 

FAC (Farnborough Aerospace Consortium) is a business-winning trade association with national and international members. It is the longest established aerospace and defence trade body in the UK, providing support to some 300 companies located in southern England.

FAC Website 

Aerospace Wales

The Aerospace Wales Forum is the trade association for all companies operating in the Aerospace & Defence sector in Wales. We support our members by promoting their companies on our website, in our capabilities brochure and trade brochure and by giving them access to events, networking opportunities and industry expertise. As a membership organisation, we recognise that our value is measured by what we deliver and achieve for our members. To this end, we are committed to exploring new ideas and finding new clusters/collaborations that offer even more value to our membership.

Aerospace Wales Website 

North West Aerospace Alliance 

The North West Aerospace Alliance (NWAA) was formed in 1994 to represent and support the Aerospace Industry across the North West of England. NWAA represents approximately 25% of the UK aerospace industry with over 220 member companies and a combined turnover in excess of £7 Billion.

NWAA Website 

Invest Northern Ireland

Northern Ireland is recognised for its commitment to developing world-class innovative technology for the aerospace, defence, security and space sectors. It has a vibrant and rapidly growing industry, founded on a strong engineering heritage and backed by robust research competence, collaboration, world-leading academic institutions, and integral manufacturing capabilities, skills and experience.

Invest NI Website 

UK Government

Department for Business & Trade

The DBT is a UK government department that helps businesses export and grow into global markets, as well as helping overseas companies locate and grow in the UK.Department for Business & Trade

They provide tailored support and advice for businesses on how to start exporting or increase the amount of goods and services they sell overseas.

Gov DBT Website  


Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy

BEIS is a department of the UK government set up in 2016 through a merger between the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills and Department of Energy and Climate Change.

BEIS works to build a stronger, greener future by tackling climate change, unleashing innovation and making the UK a great place to work and do business.

Gov DBEIS Website 

Industry Support Programs


Aerospace Growth Partnership

The AGP is a strategic partnership between the UK Government, industry and other key stakeholders, established to secure the future of the UK aerospace industry in the face of an ever changing, and increasingly competitive global landscape. This partnership is intended as a vehicle to tackle barriers to growth, boost competitiveness and exports and grow the number of high value jobs in the UK.

AGP Website 


Aerospace Technology Institute

The Aerospace Technology institute promotes transformative technology in air transport. They create the technology strategy for the UK Aerospace sector and fund world class research and development.

The ATI works in partnership with the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy and Innovate UK to offer funding designed to accelerate innovation in the UK to maintain global competitiveness.

ATI Website 


Defence Growth Partnership

The Defence Growth Partnership is a partnership between the UK Government and the British defence industry, formed following a recognition that a bold new approach was needed to improve the sector’s competitiveness.

The DGP is working to secure a truly competitive, sustainable and globally successful UK Defence sector that provides leading-edge capability and through-life support for our Armed Forces and International customers, as well as bringing wider economic benefits to the UK.

DGP Website 

Advanced Engineering

Nuclear South West

Nuclear South West is the nuclear cluster for the South West of England. The South West is set to become a nuclear hub in the next two decades, with 15 projects worth £50 billion to our economy.

They provide a platform for businesses to understand and take advantage of new opportunities.

Nuclear South West 


Maritime UK South West

South Coast Marine Cluster and Cornwall Marine Network joined Maritime UK in order to jointly represent the South West of England as Maritime UK South West. The two organisations are regional members of Maritime UK and share a seat on the Maritime UK National Council.

Cornwall Marine Network works to improve the economic prosperity of businesses in Cornwall’s marine sector.

Cornwall Maritime 


The South Coast Marine Cluster is a partnership of industry, academic and public sector, set up to champion and grow the South Coast maritime industries as the premier destination for investment, innovation and growth.

South Coast Maritime 


News and Posts

Aerospace Manufacturing Feature: The south-west is best

West of England Aerospace & Advanced Manufacturing Forum (WEAF) and its member companies are all set to showcase their combined wealth of aerospace excellence at the Farnborough International Airshow. WEAF is set to showcase the best of aerospace design,...


Ontic, a leading licensor and manufacturer of complex engineered parts for the global aerospace and defence industries, has signed the Armed Forces Covenant, pledging to support the Armed Forces Community with service-friendly policies and recruitment. In signing this...