Hunter Defence has launched a series of Defence Ready seminars, which are designed to help local small medium enterprises (SMEs) break into or expand their footprint in the potentially lucrative defence industry.
Hunter Defence taskforce chair, Tim Owen, said the seminars were the perfect way for manufacturers and service-based firms interested in working in defence to find out how to position their business to take advantage of opportunities in the sector.
“Defence can be a hard sector to crack if you don’t have the required accreditations, contacts and quality standards, but the rewards are rich for those who make the effort to be Defence Ready and market their products well,” Tim said.
Tim said that local companies in the Hunter have the potential to grow in the defence industry, as it has been done with other businesses in the area.
“We have seen companies in the Hunter like Varley Group grow their defence business from a single contract to a huge portfolio of contract work across land, sea, air and cyber.
“With the arrival of the JSF program at Williamtown, there has never been a better time for Hunter firms to explore opportunities in defence,” he said.
The Defence Ready seminars are designed to help SMEs build the organisational capabilities and competencies that will help them win work with Australian and international Defence Primes.
This innovative Hunter Defence initiative has already attracted international attention, with a party in New Zealand interested in presenting the course for SMEs across the Tasman.
The series will launch with a Defence Introduction seminar at the University of Newcastle on Monday 4 November 2019.
The course has been developed by several partners in the Hunter Defence Taskforce including Goal Group, The Australian Defence Industry Network (AIDN), HunterNet and McLean Management Consultants.
Further seminars, targeting specific areas of defence industry involvement tailored to firms at various levels of industry engagement, will be rolled out in 2021.
To find out more about the seminars or book a place in the Defence Introduction course, you can source this on the Hunter Defence website.
IMAGE | Picture taken from a forum held earlier in 2019 by Hunter Defence for local SMEs.
Hunter Defence is a collaboration between the Hunter Business Chamber and HunterNet. This joint initiative promotes the Hunter’s defence industry capabilities. Hunter Defence also provides strategic leadership on defence issues and advocates to government and government agencies in relation to the region’s defence capabilities.