Trade Associations

Trade Associations are funded by businesses that operate in a specific industry, and many operate on a not-for-profit basis.  Their activities are focused around enhancing the profile of their industry sector, and include influencing policy debates, driving innovation, and provision of supply chain and business development support (often with a focus on SMEs).

MOD has regular engagement with a number of Trade Associations:  find out how they can help your business, and benefits of membership.


ADS is the Premier Trade Organisation for companies in the UK Aerospace, Defence, Security and Space Sectors. Membership is made up of over 1000 UK registered businesses. ADS activities are focused around the following key areas:

  • Supporting business development opportunities
  • Supporting UK manufacturing and our industries’ supply chains
  • Influencing the policy debates of most importance to our industries
  • Encouraging investments in technology and innovation
  • Enhancing the profile of our industries
  • Increasing Member value through a range of services

Farnborough International Limited (FIL), which runs the Farnborough International Airshow, is a wholly-owned subsidiary of ADS Group Ltd.

Read more about ADS


We work with everyone involved in the industry to support and champion manufacturing and engineering in the UK and Europe. We are the voice of UK manufacturing and engineering and a leading provider of business support.  We want manufacturing industry, and your business, to be able to thrive, innovate and compete both locally and on a global scale. We promote and support enterprise and innovation in the UK while making sure businesses remain compliant, future-focused and competitive.

NDI, MakeUK’s defence experts, offer supply chain sourcing and development services to businesses of all sizes in the defence, aerospace, space and security sectors.

Additionally, NDI offers membership to companies in these sectors, providing representation and policymaking influence to magnify the voice of the industry and individual companies. NDI actively promotes global business opportunities for its members, through working directly with prime contractors, systems integrators, the MoD, and supply network companies.

Read more about NDI/MakeUK


techUK represents the companies and technologies that are defining today the world that we will live in tomorrow. More than 950 companies are members of techUK. Collectively they employ approximately 700,000 people, about half of all tech sector jobs in the UK. These companies range from leading FTSE 100 companies to new innovative start-ups. The majority of our members are small and medium-sized businesses.

techUK is committed to helping its members and the sector grow. It does this by helping members to:

  • Develop Markets
  • Develop Relationships and Networks
  • Reduce Business Costs
  • Reduce Business Risks
Read more about techUK

Federation of Small Businesses (FSB)

As experts in business, we offer our members a wide range of vital business services including advice, financial expertise, support and a powerful voice in government. Our mission is to help smaller businesses achieve their ambitions.

Members get an exclusive package of great value business services including advice, financial products and support. These cover a wide range of benefits such as tax, legal and HR, local network groups, business banking and mentoring.

FSB is also the UK’s leading business campaigner, focused on delivering change which supports smaller businesses to grow and succeed. Our lobbying arm starts with the work of our team in Westminster which focuses on UK and English policy issues. Further to this, our expert teams in Glasgow, Cardiff and Belfast work with governments, elected members and decision-makers in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.

Read more about FSB

Farnborough Aerospace Consortium

Farnborough Aerospace Consortium (FAC) is a not-for-profit trade association acting as a facilitator of business between large global primes and the supply chain and as an enabler of business support to its members and partners. It is one of the most established aerospace and defence associations in the UK, providing support to, and furthering the long-term strategic growth of the sector in the South East.

Read more about FAC

West of England Aerospace Consortium

The West of England Aerospace Forum (WEAF) is a membership trade organisation that champions and supports the interests of the aerospace and defence industry in the South West of England. Our member and partner base represent a very wide spectrum – from SMEs to global corporations.

As one of the largest aerospace and defence associations in Europe, we are able to provide a strong voice for our members, as well as representation and access to prominent regional, national and international decision makers in industry and government.

Read more about WEAF

North West Aerospace Alliance

The North West Aerospace Alliance (NWAA) is the key industry organisation in the region, representing and uniting companies and organisations involved in the aerospace sector supply chain. The NWAA is responsible for shaping the industry through strategic thinking and delivery, by driving innovation and providing supply chain excellence and other business support programmes.

The NWAA achieve this through working with key stakeholders within the industry to develop products, services and supply chain development programmes that will shape the industry for the future.

Read more about NWAA


The BSA – Business Services Association – brings together all those who are interested in delivering efficient, flexible and cost-effective projects and services across the private and public sectors. This includes construction and infrastructure services, digital and technology, facilities management, BPO and other managed public services. The sector accounts for over 8 percent of economic output in the UK and employs over 3.3 million people.

We have a number of forums, including active Defence Committees, for service providers to come together to discuss issues of common interest and meet with key stakeholders at national and regional level. Our membership comprises over 80 organisations, including large and small businesses, charities and social enterprises.

A full list of members and our latest policy reports and publications can be found on the BSA website. For more information, please contact

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