MADE in Britain members this week (1 March 2022) joined a ‘roundtable’ with Ministry of Defence (MOD) procurement delivery partner Leidos, focused on upcoming opportunities and how to access them. Made in Britain’s chief operations officer Ilika Copeland and Leidos’s COO Huw Jenkins opened the session. Leidos holds a 13-year ‘logistics commodities and services and transformation’ contract with the MOD worth £6.5bn.
The Made in Britain session highlighted bid opportunities across food and drink, medical, general supplies and clothing. As a demonstration of the diversity of opportunities with Leidos, tenders expected in the next 6-12 months include:
- In-flight catering
- Medical packaging
- Dog food
- Janitorial supplies
The session aimed to raise awareness among Made in Britain members of the Leidos tender process, where tenders are advertised and supplier obligations. The session also explored consortium bids - making them more accessible to SMEs - and the impacts of supply chain disruption, and what they mean for Made for Britain members interested in supplying Leidos.
The overall theme of the event was ‘demystifying dealing with defence'. It forms part of Made in Britain's programme of activity on to UK government procurement and defence specifically.
Made in Britain engagement with Leidos is facilitated by George Middleton, principal consultant at MAP and advisor to Made in Britain on government and international trade.