Our ambition is to create a cluster of innovation-focused defence companies, and ensure that Greater Lincolnshire is a highly attractive, first-choice destination for defence-related industries, service leavers and their families.

The defence sector is fortunately less directly affected by Covid-19 or Brexit as other industry sectors. Additionally, the Government has announced a substantial year-on-year increase in defence spending which should boost prospects for the sector, and growing international tensions may point to a need for greater military investment and overseas involvement worldwide in the medium-term future, highlighting the importance of defence as a strategic sector.

Across the wider East Midlands region, there is the potential for closer partnership working by building a defence network with nearby clusters. Greater Lincolnshire has already established relationships with MoD contacts on every site in Lincolnshire, and worked with the Department for International Trade (DIT) to support foreign owned defence companies with specific labour force, business space, or other needs.

We have established a strategic board for defence, comprising specialist public and private sector representatives, to drive this sector forward in Greater Lincolnshire.

We have also created Britain’s first Air & Defence College (A&DC) in Lincoln working in partnership with the Royal Air Force and additional defence industry companies, and have secured funding for an R&D institute at the Lincoln Science and Innovation Park. This is aligned to local defence speciality and latent skills among military personnel and the nearby ISTAR HQ, and comes with confirmed news that the long-term base for the Red Arrows will remain in Greater Lincolnshire.

Highlights: 

  • Secured the long-term base for the internationally renowned Red Arrows
  • Defence & Security Advisory Board established
  • Created Britain’s first Air & Defence College (A&DC) in Lincoln working with the Royal Air Force and defence industries
  • Secured funding for an R&D defence aligned institute at the Lincoln Science and Innovation Park