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ADS launches its 2024 Manifesto

Posted 1 February 2024

ADS - the association representing the UK's aerospace, defence, security and space sectors - this week launched its manifesto for 2024, setting out its recommendations for the next government to secure UK advantage.

Above: To access the ADS Manifesto 2024: Securing UK Advantage, click here:
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The manifesto was launched at the annual ADS Gala Dinner, which was held on Tuesday night (30th January) at the JW Marriott Grosvenor House Hotel in London.

As this is an election year, ADS is calling on all political parties to commit to a renewed industrial strategy, supported across Whitehall and the devolved administrations, produced in partnership with industry.

In his opening address at the ADS Gala Dinner, Kevin Craven, CEO, ADS, said: "This year, the UK stands at cross-roads. Growing global competition, proliferating international security challenges, the rapid pace of technological development and the pressing need to develop a more resilient and sustainable economy are challenges that must be addressed if the next Government is to secure strategic advantage for the UK.

"Our sectors are honoured to have friends and champions from all walks of life and indeed, every side of the House. Our message to each and every one of you is the same. We need you.

"We need you to stand up for the UK’s advanced manufacturing sectors. We need you to ensure a stable regulatory environment, built on the long-term planning cycles that our sectors need. We need you to support our future workforce, whose talents the UK requires to unlock our true potential. We need you to deliver for us, in return allowing us to deliver an even greater strategic advantage that our aerospace, defence, security and space sectors have long provided to our economy.

"In this important election year, our 2024 manifesto, launched today, sets out clearly the requirements of our sectors from the next government.

"The recommendations are designed to secure the UK’s domestic, global and future advantage, with the development of a comprehensive industrial strategy front and centre and provides both an attractive investment environment as well as wider trade and export strategy, one co-created with industry and in addition setting out an agile regulatory environment for emerging technologies.

"Our sectors remain a vital pillar of our economy, providing well-paid, highly skilled jobs in every corner of the UK.

"This year, also, is of course a leap year – giving us one extra day to prepare for the pioneering event of the UK’s aerospace and defence calendar – the Farnborough International Air Show returns to our skies.

"And that day is especially valuable this year – with a busy calendar in the lead up to July, ranging from Security and Policing, the event we deliver on behalf of the Home Office’s Joint Security and Resilience Centre, Sustainable Skies, the celebration of our collective commitment to the sustainability agenda and Space Comm Expo, taking place for the final time at our iconic venue in 2024.

"Next year, Farnborough Space Show will connect political, academic and industry stakeholders as we open our doors for our in house show for the first time.

"So, a busy year for us and equally for you."




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