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ADS today published an in-depth report into the valuable role defence and security exports play in delivering national security and prosperity.

The leading-edge technology, training and support supplied by the UK’s defence and security industries help our international partners to better protect themselves. Increasing exports also helps to sustain important capabilities essential for our own national security.

Strengthening the UK’s export control regime is a key part of the prosperity agenda. Already the most robust and transparent export licensing regime in the world; the report puts forward measures to enhance its effectiveness.

Increasing exports enables industry to invest in developing new technologies and innovation, providing the UK’s armed forces and security agencies with access to leading-edge technology, training and support.

Positive outcomes of a more coordinated approach to exports identified in the report include:

• Embedding strategic political support; establishing a clear and enduring framework for doing business with the UK

• Boosting practical support through several measures including lowering the cost and improving the coordination of trade missions; raising awareness of export support schemes

• Strengthening the export control regime by increasing scrutiny through open licensing, and enhancing licensing advisory functions.

Paul Everitt, Chief Executive of ADS Groups said: “The report provides Government and industry with a practical framework for increasing defence and security exports.

“A more coordinated approach to supporting exports will contribute to our national security, supporting prosperity and high value jobs. The recommendations outlined in this report support the valuable work being done by the Defence Growth Partnership and Security and Resilience Growth Partnership.

“International budgets are under pressure, competition is fierce and UK industry needs to be able to win its share of global market opportunities. This report sets out how companies of all sizes can gain from opportunities to export, all of which is underpinned by the world’s most robust and transparent licencing regime.”

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