Telford welcomes UK’s first specialist defence and security conference

Telford International Centre (TIC) is set to host the UK’s first Specialist Defence and Security Convention (SDSC-UK) on 1 & 2 November 2023. SDSC-UK is the next stage in the evolution of the Three Counties Defence and Security Expo (3CDSE), changing name and location to reflect the growing national and international reach of the event.
Last year’s 3CDSE proved to be the most successful yet, with over 130 exhibitors and 20 industry-leading speakers from organisations such as Strategic Command (UK StratCom) and US Development Command (US DEVCOM). As footfall at the 2022 event entered the thousands and its attendees proved to be increasingly national and international, the need to meet demand for a national event became apparent. With over 15,000 m2 of exhibition space, excellent transport links and accommodation on site, the TIC offers the perfect location from which to host the enhanced event.

Visitors to SDSC-UK will receive special access to government decision makers, with the UK Ministry of Defence and an increasing number of teams from US Department of Defense continuing their support. New for this year, US DEVCOM will be holding dedicated ‘Pitch & Present’ sessions for selected organisations, with pre-event applications invited from exhibitors. Visitors can also meet industry experts and enjoy early sight of the latest technological innovations, focused on specialist defence and security requirements.

Richard Morgan, President of SDSC-UK, said: “SDSC-UK is the UK’s first national specialist defence and security event for innovation and technology. SDSC-UK (formerly 3CDSE) is the showcase event for the Three Counties Regional Defence & Security Cluster (3CRDSC), a membership group that was first established by law firm HCRlaw in 2014. Our continued aim is to provide the industry with unrivalled access to key stakeholders and valuable insights on specialist defence and security requirements and commercial opportunities.

“For the past five years we have proudly provided a forum for members of the defence and security community to come together and share knowledge that is so vital to the defence of this country. We couldn’t be more pleased to extend the reach of this forum, ensuring every region- not just the three counties of Herefordshire, Gloucestershire and Worcestershire-benefits.”

Speaking at the 3CDSE in 2022, General Jim Roddis, Commander of Strategic Command, said: “This event demonstrates the power of the human dynamic and getting like-minded individuals together to work through common problems. It’s also a good opportunity to meet with industry partners and see some of the amazing and novel technological solutions that people are now offering to support UK national security and defence.”

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