The key RED market sectors are:
- Central Government & Government Agencies
- UK Industry
RED provides services to the MoD and its agencies, including the Defence Science and Technology Laboratory (Dstl). Much of the work conducted by RED consists of Research and Development away from our Customers' sites on a fixed price basis. The mainstay of the work is technical studies and analysis undertaken by our growing in-house technical team, but also utilising sub-contracts from amongst members of the RED Network to form R&D teams.
In addition, we undertake MoD-related work on customer sites through Manpower Enabling Contracts such as the Crown Commercial Service's CL1 arrangement. This contracting vehicle exists to service peak technical demands which cannot be resourced by MoD internally. RED maintains a large pool of security cleared technical resources to support this demand, as well as providing us with excellent resources to support project teams.
Central Government & Agencies
RED has undertaken work for a number of central government departments and government Agencies, including the Department for Transport (DfT), DEFRA, the Home Office, the NHS, the Cabinet Office, ODPM, the HSE, the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (inc. BERR and DTI), the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) and WRAP. Our offerings include statistical analysis, qualitative and quantitative analysis, modelling and a range of other decision support services. For WRAP and the CAA in particular the focus has been R&D activities and technical studies.
During the last year RED has started supporting the BBC and the Rutherford Appleton Laboratories with Operational Research and Mathematical Modelling services.
Much of RED's work for UK Industry is within the Defence and Security Sector, often for the large defence 'primes'. There is a trend in Government towards letting fewer, but larger, framework contracts and, in particular, research programmes, which only these larger companies can lead. However, Government Policy is to encourage the use of Small and Medium-Sized Enterprises (SMEs) by the large defence primes to undertake work on the programmes.
Many of these larger programme contracts stipulate that at least 25% to 33% of the work should be undertaken by SMEs and, as a result, RED is a regular research partner for many of the prime organisations. The two main Defence Primes for MoD Research funding are QinetiQ and BAE Systems and both seek to include a number of SMEs in their proposals. Thus, RED are members of 4 BAE Systems and 3 QinetiQ-led Research Programmes.
RED also supports Industry in their support to MoD's Development work, especially in the area of procurement.
RED's Routes to Market
Across all of our market sectors, RED uses a focused series of routes to market that allow us to work with our customers. Some of these require our qualification for Frameworks and others use various customer-led Programmes, but our focus is always on the most pragmatic mechanism for contracting available for a given market.
The best way to discover RED's routes to market is by getting in touch, but a summary of some of the key and most recent routes to market is provided below:
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