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Funding to defence sector companies in 2021

Funding to defence sector companies in 2021: FOI response (reference 4945)

Date received

24 February 2022

Date responded

23 March 2022

Information requested

Confirmation of the amount of funding given to each individual company involved in the defence sector in 2021 and for what purpose(s) this amount was given.

Confirmation of the specific services provided to each individual company involved in the defence sector in 2021 for which Scottish Enterprise provides account management services and for what purpose(s) these services were provided.


Funding provided to defence sector companies from 01 January to 31 December 2021 was as follows:

Company Description Amount
Babcock Marine (Rosyth) Ltd Innovation Project – assistance to employ an Open Innovation Manager to support technical innovation, collaboration and communication. Upskilling Project - Training Aid support to upskill and retain 408 staff at risk of redundancy due to the QEC aircraft carriers’ completion. £4,764
Chemring Energetics UK Ltd Innovation Project – a graduate placement project to develop and validate a wide range of commercial products using ‘green’, sustainable, lead-free alternative materials. This project focuses on devices that are used in life-critical applications such as commercial aircraft oxygen release systems and fire suppression systems. £3,000
Leonardo MW Ltd Large R&D international – support for diversification purposes including the development of products (such as sensing and countermeasures) for homeland security, blue light and civilian markets. £482,429

Scottish Enterprise works with both indigenous businesses and international companies with a base in Scotland and our support is focused on specific projects undertaken at those Scottish sites. The aerospace, defence and shipbuilding companies with whom we work employ tens of thousands of people across Scotland, and our aim is to help them make their activities more economically sustainable and diverse (for example, with products that assist the emergency services) with a view to sustaining and growing employment. Our funding does not support the manufacture of munitions.

Decisions to support companies are based on the economic potential of proposed projects, not on how profitable they are. All projects have legally binding contracts and we work closely with the companies to ensure the projects we part-fund are monitored and delivered in line with the economic and social impacts agreed.

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