Key RED market sectors are:
- Central Government
- Government Agencies
- UK Industry
- European Research
RED provides services to the MoD and its Agencies, including the Defence Science and Technology Laboratory (Dstl), the Defence Nuclear Organisation (DNO) and the Submarine Delivery Agency (SDA) . Much of the work conducted by RED consists of Research and Development or Technical Support away from the Customers’ sites on a fixed price basis. The mainstay of the work is technical studies, analysis and support undertaken by our growing in-house team but also utilising sub-contracts from amongst members of the RED Network.
This type of work contributes to a large percentage of RED’s revenue and we are increasingly forming new teams to respond to new customer challenges.
In addition, RED undertakes MoD-related work on customer sites through Manpower Enabling Contracts such as the Crown Commercial CL1 arrangement (soon to be replaced by the new Public Sector Resourcing Framework). These contracting vehicles exists to service peak technical manpower 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 the business 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 Department of Transport, DEFRA, Home Office, Cabinet Office, the Medicines & Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA), Department for Business, Innovation and Skills/DTI. Offerings include operational and statistical analysis, qualitative and quantitative analysis, Open-source Intelligence (OSINT) gathering, data modelling and a range of other decision support services.
Of late, RED has supported the BBC and the Rutherford Appleton Laboratories with Operational Research, Mathematical Modelling and Safety.
Much of RED’s work for UK Industry is within the Defence and Security Sector, with the ultimate Customer being the UK Government. Within the Research area, larger contracts often stipulate that a percentage of the work should be undertaken by SMEs and as a result RED is a regular research partner to many 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 Contracts.
European Commission research projects were an important area for RED with the company winning and acting as coordinator on four major contracts and gaining valuable insight into the bidding formula for winning work in this area.
RED remain open to returning to this market depending upon the outcome of Brexit negotiations.
RED is also registered with the European Space Agency (ESA) which will endure regardless of the outcome of Brexit.
RED Routes to Market
Within these 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, however, RED uses the most pragmatic mechanism for contracting available for a given market. A summary of these is: