The UK Ministry of Defence is one of the biggest public procurement organisations in Europe, managing some of the most complex and technologically advanced requirements in the world.

Defence as a whole faces many challenges and therefore the Modernising Defence Programme, announced in January 2018, has been established to meet today’s objectives. It will support the delivery of better military capability and value for money, both of which are of equal importance and focus for the MOD’s Defence Equipment and Support (DE&S) procurement agency.

With a target of at least 25% of its procurement spend going both directly and indirectly to SMEs by 2022, the MOD recognises that small and medium-sized enterprises have a great deal to offer in promoting economic growth and is working to help SMEs, including social enterprises and charities, gain a greater share of defence-related business.

DPRTE 2020 provides an unrivalled platform for defence sector personnel engaged within the procurement cycle and organisations of all sizes across industry to engage and connect within a range of interactive features designed to meet today’s marketplace initiatives and objectives.

Uniting Defence Procurement

Why Attend

MOD / Public Sector

Engagement and collaboration across peers and industry plays a vital role in meeting current and future marketplace initiatives and objectives.

DPRTE provides buyers engaged across the defence acquisition supply chain with an invaluable opportunity to meet with leading suppliers, who are actively delivering a diverse range of innovative products and services that can support both current and future procurement requirements.

Officially supported by the Chartered Institute of Procurement & Supply (CIPS) and the Procurement Advice and Support Service (PASS), DPRTE also provides a unique platform for buyers to enhance their commercial skills through a range of CPD Certified training sessions, all of which are designed to support the development of procurement skills and capabilities.

Free to attend for the MOD and wider public sector, DPRTE will bring together over 1500 key decision makers and provides a unique platform for networking, collaboration, education and innovation.


Over the next decade the Ministry of Defence is committed to spending over £186 billion on equipment and support. Defence has a major role to play in delivering the Government’s growth and enterprise agenda – the MOD accounts for over 40% of all central government spend with industry and its procurement activity includes some of the most complex and technologically advanced projects in the world.

Small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) are the backbone of the UK economy, fuelling economic growth and providing more than 15 million jobs. At the MOD, SMEs also play a vital role in helping to deliver efficient, effective and affordable equipment, services and support for the Armed Forces.

Event Partners

Thank you to our 2019 partners.

Venue and Times

Farnborough has been synonymous with pioneering triumphs for over a century; offering stunning views of the airfield, the venue sits alongside Europe’s leading business airport. The exhibition centre is shaped around Farnborough, rich in history, as the birthplace of aviation and the home of pioneering spirit.

Opening Times 08:30 – 16:00
By Air 30 minutes from Heathrow airport, 50 minutes from Gatwick
Accommodation 2500 hotel bedrooms within a 10-mile radius
By Car 15 minutes from M3 motorway
By Train 35 minutes from London Waterloo station by train

DPRTE 2019