On Tuesday 28 November techUK hosted the Defence Winter Dinner at The Banking Hall, London. techUK members Century Link were the kind sponsors for this event, hoting over 140 stakeholders and industry representatives. The guest of honour was General Sir Gordon Messenger KCB DSO* OBE ADC, Vice Chief of Defence Staff (VCDS).
General Sir Gordon Messenger spoke about the vital links between industry and MOD. He described the shifting strategic landscape and how the UK can and must remain a global player and influencer. General Sir Gordon commended industry on their work with MOD and the innovative nature of the tech community in tackling the challenges that our armed forces face.
General Sir Gordon Messenger was quoted after the Dinner - “I was delighted to attend the techUK Defence Winter Dinner. The digital industries are vital to the defence and security of the UK, and as our military capability becomes ever more dependent on information technologies it is important that the MOD enters and maintains a dialogue with this part of industry. I was particularly pleased to be able to speak to the SMEs represented in the room. Digital SMEs are critical for bringing innovation and new perspectives into UK defence; through engagements like this we have the opportunity to widen our supplier base even further.”
The event proved a wonderful opportunity for our community to meet and discuss the year that we have had. Everyone had an enjoyable time networking.
The next techUK Defence Dinner will be the RAF100 Dinner in 2018. Details on this event will be released online very soon.