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With our historic links with the RAF and long-standing history in engineering and manufacturing, the defence and security sector has been identified as a major opportunity for economic growth. Greater Lincolnshire has an integral role in the position of the UK's defence industry. Home to some of the UK's most significant strategic airbases, the MoD continues to invest millions into the county. It is one of the region's most flourishing and exciting sectors that is accelerating at huge speed. Greater Lincolnshire's ambition is to create a cluster of innovation-focused defence companies, and ensure that our region is a highly attractive, first-choice destination for defence-related industries, service leavers and their families.

We already have 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. Team Lincolnshire ambassador, the Greater Lincolnshire LEP have established a strategic board for defence, comprising specialist public and private sector representatives, to drive this sector forward in Greater Lincolnshire. The Defence and Security Board will promote the region’s ability to enhance, develop and support Government programmes and private industry in this high-tech, high-value sector. 

In addition, we are home to Britain’s first Air & Defence College (A&DC) in Lincoln, and a second in Stamford, who work 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.

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