The portal is free of charge and designed to make self-registration quick and easy. It is the result a collaboration between Hellios, the UK’s MOD, and defence prime BAE Systems to support the MOD's SME Action Plan. BAE Systems led the Defence Supplier Forum working group to develop the new portal. 
 
 
Hellios ribbon cutting at FIA 2022  
We spend around £3.8 billion with 5,000 UK suppliers each year, supporting nearly 60,000 jobs. We’re passionate about making it easier for SMEs to collaborate with us – especially those which are looking to expand into the defence industry for the first time. SMEs tend to bring fresh thinking and unbounded creativity. When combined with our rich and diverse experience, we can bring new, innovative solutions to protect what really matters – our nation’s security and those who serve and protect us. Amanda Wood, Sustainability Director for Supply Chain, BAE Systems
The MOD strives for a secure and prosperous nation that protects our people, territories, values and interests at home and overseas. 
 
SMEs are central to commercial innovation and flexibility in the UK economy, supporting a wide variety of high-quality jobs across the UK. SMEs must have a fair opportunity to contribute and successfully compete for procurement in the defence sector, and the Hellios SME Portal presents that opportunity. Helen Sawford, Strategic Supplier Management at the Ministry of Defence
Hellios has 30 years’ experience of managing accurate supplier information and making it available to relevant industries around the world.
 
This new platform will really help to improve the visibility of SMEs across the defence, aerospace, and security sectors and present new procurement opportunities as well as opportunities for Buyers to access innovative new suppliers. With risk-free access for SMEs into the defence market, it provides a real win-win opportunity for the sector Colin Maund, CEO of Hellios
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Amy Wood
Sustainability communications manager