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Get access and exposure to senior decision makers and policy developers in Government via a dedicated virtual Government networking and showcase zone where you can engage with officials and operational staff from a range of UK Government departments and law enforcement agencies.

Meet representatives from government and agencies on virtual exhibition stands and networking areas where you can book virtual meetings, chat privately 1-1 and hold video calls to discuss topics and opportunities relating to their work – plus new for 2021 – watch videos briefings and updates from Government departments on their latest priorities and developments in the Government Centre Stage.

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Participating Government departments and agencies at this year’s event include:

The Joint Security and Resilience Centre (JSaRC)

The Joint Security and Resilience Centre (JSaRC) was established in 2016 in response to the 2015 Security, Defence and Strategic Review which stated that there was an urgent requirement for HMG and the security sector to work together and engage more closely. Unique in its structure and approach, JSaRC is a partnership organisation, located within the Office for Security and Counter Terrorism (OSCT), focussed on providing the security sector, private sector and academia with a single route of access into the complex machinery of government, sharing strategic priorities and co-ordinating support.

This unique and collaborative approach brings commercial benefits for our partners by encouraging growth opportunities in the security sector; shaping a market space in which small, medium and large companies are able to understand immediate and long-term priorities and engage with government more effectively.

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UK Defence and Security Exports

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UK Defence and Security Exports is part of the UK Department for International Trade (DIT). Our role is to provide support to the UK defence, security and cyber security sectors, to promote exports and inward investment, working with industry, the UK Ministry of Defence, the UK’s global network of British Embassies and High Commissions, and other government departments. With a focus on “Export. Invest. Win”, our ambition is to be recognised as the most knowledgeable, ethical and effective defence and security export support organisation in the world.

 As well as supporting UK-based multi-national companies, UK Defence and Security Exports supports Small and Medium Enterprises in the defence and security sectors, manages relationships with associated companies in an export context.

We also work as part of the Defence Growth Partnership (DGP), a joint government and industry effort to deliver sustainable long term defence technology partnerships between the UK and international partners.

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The Accelerated Capability Environment (ACE)

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The Accelerated Capability Environment (ACE) is a Home Office unit within the Office for Security and Counter Terrorism that solves fast-changing digital and technological challenges facing law enforcement and national security agencies. It brings together expertise from industry and academia – through its Vivace community – to innovate collaboratively and deliver front-line mission impact at pace.

Visit us in the Government Zone to:

  • Discuss ideas or challenges you have that ACE could help develop and accelerate into delivery.
  • Find out more about ACE, the Vivace community and the diverse projects we have successfully delivered for government, law enforcement and national security customers.
  • Learn about our novel ways of working that allow blended teams of customers, suppliers and other stakeholders to collaborate and co-create in a dynamic working environment.
  • Find out about the technology we have developed that makes it possible to work with sensitive data in a secure development environment.

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Border Force

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  • Border Force is a law enforcement command within the Home Office. Border Force secures the border and promotes national prosperity by facilitating the legitimate movement of individuals and goods, whilst preventing those that would cause harm from entering the UK. This is achieved through the immigration and customs checks carried out by our staff at ports and airports. Our officers work at 140 sea and air ports across the UK and overseas.

We are responsible for:

  • checking the immigration status of people arriving in and departing the UK
  • searching baggage, vehicles and cargo for illicit goods or illegal immigrants
  • patrolling the UK coastline and searching vessels
  • gathering intelligence
  • alerting the police and security services to people of interest

Our priorities are to:

  • deter and prevent individuals and goods that would harm the national interests from entering the UK
  • facilitate the legitimate movement of individuals and trade to and from the UK
  • protect and collect customs revenues for trade crossing the border
  • provide excellent service to customers
  • provide demonstrable effectiveness, efficiency and value for money

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The Civil Nuclear Constabulary (CNC)

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The CNC is an armed national infrastructure police force, responsible for protecting civil nuclear sites and nuclear material when in transit in the UK and internationally. Counter terrorism is at the heart of what we do. We employ over 1,500 police officers and staff at nuclear sites throughout the UK. Our police officers are Authorised Firearms Officers and undergo regular and world class firearms training. We have the same powers as police constables in Home Office forces. We play a key role in the Strategic Armed Policing Reserve and have been deployed across the country in response to terrorist attacks.

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Counter Terrorism Policing

Counter Terrorism Policing is a collaboration of UK police forces working alongside the UK intelligence agencies to protect and prepare the public and our national infrastructure. Our officers and staff are at the frontline of the UK’s fight against terrorism, working tirelessly to prevent, disrupt, prepare for and investigate, those who would do us harm, whatever their ideology.

For 2021, CT Policing will promote the ACT App and e-Learning at the Home Office Security and Policing conference.

ACT Awareness E-Learning is an award-winning counter terrorism training course available online and open to businesses and the public. Designed to increase awareness of security issues, it is especially useful for anyone working in or regularly visiting crowded places. Join over 100,000 users with access to e-Learning and other protective security guidance via the ACT App.

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The Defence and Security Accelerator (DASA)

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We find and fund exploitable innovation to support UK defence and security quickly and effectively, and support UK prosperity. Our vision is for the UK to maintain its strategic advantage over its adversaries through the most innovative defence and security capabilities in the world.

We link Government departments, security organisations and the Armed Forces to the best innovations and ideas from business and academia. Since we set up in 2016 DASA has helped accelerate more than 600 ideas from industry, and in the past 12 months alone we have fast-tracked 245 innovative solutions to help tackle defence and security challenges.

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Defra CBRN Emergencies

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Defra CBRN Emergencies (formerly the Government Decontamination Service) has responsibility in England for co-ordinating HM Government’s contribution to site decontamination and recovery from CBRN emergencies. Over the last sixteen years Defra has worked with a framework of suppliers and government partners to develop and exploit technologies and original products and services, with the aim of reducing decontamination and recovery timescales. We are now renewing this framework while developing further our understanding of broader UK decontamination capability. We look forward to hearing from industry partners interested in working actively and cooperatively in this specialised area of capability.

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The Department for Transport (DfT)

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The Department for Transport works with our agencies and partners to maintain the safety and security of the transport network, and the public using it, against all risks; Counter Terrorism, Cyber, Civil Contingencies and Hazards.

We provide a robust scientific evidence base to policy teams, drive innovation, support development of transport security solutions, set standards and ensure compliance of security technology. In addition, we support the emergency operational responses of the DfT and wider government.

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Export Control Joint Unit

The Export Control Joint Unit brings together operational and policy expertise from the DIT Export Control Organisation, FCDO and MOD to promote global security through strategic export controls and facilitate responsible exports. The UK Strategic Export Licence Authority is the Export Control Organisation.  We control the export of military and dual-use items [including for security and policing] through a system of approved licences.

Join our presentation to find out what licences you need to hold [and how to apply].  If you do not hold the right licence to legitimately export and trade in these controlled items you may get your goods stopped and penalties may apply. Contact us on 020 7 215 4594

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Defence Science and Technology Laboratory (Dstl)

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Dstl (Defence Science and Technology Laboratory) is the science inside UK defence and security. A proven national asset, it is an Executive Agency of the MOD providing world class expertise and delivering cutting-edge science and technology for the benefit of the nation and allies.

Dstl supplies specialist services to MOD and wider government, working collaboratively with external partners in industry and academia worldwide, providing expert research, specialist advice and invaluable operational support.

With a deep understanding of defence and security needs, Dstl works extremely closely with government in order to work with its customers to demystify and harness the application of science and technology, and to offer credible, impartial and evidence-driven advice and solutions to ultimately give clear military and security advantage.

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The Emergency Planning College (EPC)

The Emergency Planning College (EPC) is the UK Cabinet Office owned, commercially operated Centre for Resilience Learning and Development.   As such, it is the recognised ‘thought leader’ in civil protection and emergency management.  The EPC is the Government’s trusted provider of training, exercising and advisory services in all resilience disciplines, for the UK and around the world.  The EPC builds and improves resilience by helping clients to protect their business and reputation.  It regularly releases papers, articles, reviews, lectures and blog posts to share knowledge and help partners to stay one step ahead of today’s changing risks and threats.

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FCDO Services

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We’re trusted to secure government buildings and assets around the globe. And we’ve been at work in some of the most unexpected places. At the Olympic Games, a Downing Street Coronavirus briefing or in the eye of a storm when a hurricane hits. For a quarter of a century we’ve partnered with Central Government, Defence and our overseas partners delivering security, logistics, property and IT solutions while developing new technologies and secure services.

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Innovate UK

The UK’s Innovation Agency

We work across the whole of the UK and support businesses to develop and realise the potential of innovative ideas.  With a strong business focus we drive productivity and economic growth by working with companies to de-risk, enable and support their innovation strategy.  We connect businesses to the partners, customers and investors that can help them turn ideas into commercially successful products and services.  We fund business and research collaborations to accelerate innovation and drive business investment into research and development.

Since 2007, we have invested around £2.5 billion to help businesses across the country to innovate with match funding from industry taking the total value of projects above £4.3 billion.

We have helped 8,500 organisations create around 70,000 jobs and added an estimated £18billion of value to the UK economy

In April 2018, Innovate UK became part of UK Research and Innovation and is a a non-department public body funded by a grant-in-aid from the UK government.

Find out more about IUK and funding opportunities


The Knowledge Transfer Network (KTN)

KTN connects ideas, people and communities to drive innovation that changes lives.

Innovation is complex. The journey from idea to market is not straightforward and requires a diverse range of know-how, investment, market knowledge and research. KTN exists to connect innovators with new partners and new opportunities beyond their existing thinking – accelerating ambitious ideas into real-world solutions.

With 200 staff across the UK, deep sector expertise, and over 45,000 organisations in our network, we collaborate to bring together innovation communities.

We sit at the interface of the public and private sector. With the strongest network of the UK’s science and technology sectors we are able to help you quickly find the people and organisations that can accelerate your ideas and solve your technology problems efficiently and cost effectively.

We provide paid for services to public and private sector clients on a range of diverse innovation projects and programmes that benefit from our deep technical expertise, our evidence-based eco-system insights, and our power to connect people and drive positive change through innovation. We are committed to understand your needs and realise your ideas for changing the world for the better.

With the strongest network of the UK’s science and technology sectors we are able to help you quickly find the people and organisations that can accelerate your ideas and solve your technology problems efficiently and cost effectively. KTN create powerful connections with business at the heart of everything we do, ensuring that the benefits of your new ideas are felt locally as well as nationally and globally.

Find out more about how we can work with you to drive innovation to market


NPCC Counter Drones

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The National Police Chiefs Council (NPCC) Counter Drones team provide national governance and coordination for all counter drone activity across UK Policing. In turn, our operational response forms part of the government Counter Drones Board chaired by the Home Office. All this work goes towards ensuring the safe and responsible use of the airspace.

Through a network of Regional Leads, the NPCC Counter Drones remit covers the careless, inconsiderate and criminal use of drones across all policing disciplines; Counter Terrorism, Serious and Organised Crime, Public Order and Frontline Policing. National governance will cover policy, legislation, testing and evaluation through recognised government bodies and to agreed standards, science and technology development, procurement of new technologies and wider engagement with industry on behalf of policing. NPCC Counter Drones will also design and deliver national training and guidance in conjunction with service providers and stakeholders. In addition, officers will plan and manage pro-active operations and act as tactical advisors at any incidents or spontaneous events, with an established network of subject matter experts (providing both investigative and forensic advice).


National Security Technology Innovation Exchange NSTIx

NSTIx will Co-ordinate, cohere and scale cross-Government science, technology and innovation to strengthen UK National Security and increase UK prosperity.


Home Office Commissioning Hub and OSCT Science and Technology

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  • HO Science comprises the Animal Science Regulation Unit, Forensic Information National Database Services, scientific advisory boards and the S&T Commissioning Hub.  The Hub ensures the right S&T is commissioned and delivered to meet current and future challenges across Fire, Policing, Serious and Organised Crime, Borders and Immigration.
  • The Office for Security and Counter-Terrorism, Science and Technology (OSCT S&T) team commissions S&T to ensure the UK harnesses emerging technologies to maximise our domestic counter-terrorism effectiveness and support the National Security community in meeting CONTEST objectives. Their work addresses policy and operational priorities across the physical, digital and behavioural sciences.

Home Office CBRNE and Science and Technology Unit

The CBRNE and Science and Technology Unit is responsible for leading work across Government to counter CBRNE (chemical, biological, radiological, nuclear and explosive) threats, and for delivering a targeted, cross-government Science and Technology programme to address counter terrorism (CT).

Our Unit sits within The Office for Security and Counter Terrorism (OSCT) which is responsible for developing and coordinating HMG’s approach on a wide range of security issues, supporting the Home Secretary and other Ministers in the development and implementation of the UK’s counter terrorism strategy (CONTEST).