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INNOVATION UK29 Aerospace & Defence Centre for defence enterprise Centre for Defence E nterprise The Ministry of Defence ( MOD) is open to innovation and supports new entrants into defence with research funding and advice through the Centre for Defence Enterprise ( CDE) at www. science. mod. uk MOD's Centre for Defence Enterprise ( CDE) is at the forefront of defence innovation - giving anyone with a good idea a unique entry point into the UK defence market. With its easy- to- access online portal, it pro-vides suppliers with information and access to military requirements, creating partnerships and taking innova-tion through to where it matters - supporting the Armed Forces in ongoing and future challenges. Launched in May 2008, by August 2009 it had already issued 54 individual awards ranging from £ 28,000 to £ 185,000 - a total of £ 3.5 million. CDE Head, Dr Helen Almey leads a dedicated and expe-rienced team providing assistance and support to poten-tial suppliers seeking a fast response and a guided entry into MOD. Almey is keen to encourage suppliers to con-tact the team. " We are approachable and keen to share our knowledge with anyone who is interested in support-ing UK defence. We have now proved that we can deliver, taking defence science and technology through from concept to application with speed and efficiency." Regular seminars and workshops keep suppliers informed and updated on current military requirements and provide opportunities to meet key figures involved in the defence market. Almey believes these are an important part of CDE's work and help to create a vibrant defence " com-munity" that can work together towards a common goal: " They have proved hugely successful and are an opportu-nity to network and share ideas, leading to partnerships and other ways of working together," enthuses Almey. New entrants to defence Polaris Consulting Ltd, Managing Director, David Bangert explains how attending a CDE seminar led directly to a major contract for his company. " The seminars pro-vide invaluable opportunities for networking with MOD, industry and academia. In our case, a contact made at the 2008 logistics seminar led directly to a contract to deliver a planning tool to support operations in Afghanistan. " CDE has provided some great opportunities for Polaris. One of our proposals submitted through the portal is now under contract. This involves research with the Uni-versity of Portsmouth to deliver an innovative approach to inventory management which will help the Joint Sup-port Chain ( JSC) by increasing the effectiveness and reducing the cost of inventory management." D30 lab, CEO, Richard Palmer has also experienced the benefits of CDE. He was advised to contact the newly formed organisation when it was launched and within a few months received the funding he required to develop his product, which uses " intelligent molecules" that absorb impact energy on shock. As a new entrant into the defence market, Palmer is fully supportive of their online system and integrated approach to doing business: " Working with MOD is dif-ferent and the nice thing for us, as a design- centric com-pany, is that they recognise that the emotional response to product is important and why we try to get ourselves embedded with the user to understands their needs." LEFT: Dr Helen Almey, Head, Centre for Defence Enterprise