UK Cyber Forum Bulletin – 1st March 2019

Good afternoon!

Here are some opportunities you might be interested in.

Digital Innovation Hubs – FED4SAE: Boosting development and adoption of cyber physical systems

Opportunity closes on 5th March

  • Digital Catapult is the UK hub for FED4SAE, that is part of a network of innovation hubs across Europe that boost and sustain the digitisation of the European industry by strengthening competitiveness in cyber physical systems (CPS), those that integrate physical and computer based processes, and embedded system markets
  • FED4SAE is funded by the EU as part of its Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme. It supports startups, scaleups and mid-cap companies to:
    • Build new products and services enabled by CPS
    • Establish innovator-supplier cross-border partnerships
  • Get up to €60K funding, access to industrial platforms and business coaching.
  • Open date: Dec 04, 2018
  • Close date: Mar 05, 2019
  • Read more here


AFCEA UK West Chapter

The next Chapter monthly meeting is on Thursday 14th March at Brickhampton Golf Club.

We are most fortunate that Jacqui Chard – NCSC Deputy Director for Defence and National Security has kindly offered to speak at the meeting.

Please be aware that this is Cheltenham Gold Cup day so accommodation will be at a premium if staying over.

Details will also be updated at the AFCEA website;

Automotive cyber security sector offer

The Cyber Security Export Strategy commits DIT to focusing on exports in a range of sectors, from financial services through to automotive. As part of this we are developing new marketing material to support sector engagements and the first to be produced is an automotive sector brochure (attached). Designed in consultation with the Cyber Security Export Working Group the two-page brochure is designed to give potential buyers a quick overview of what the challenge is and why the UK could be the solution. Most recently we ran an automotive focused trade mission to Japan and will be working up options for more activity focused on this sector.

These brochures will be used to support sector-specific trade missions and other engagements and will be updated over time. We plan to roll them out to the six sectors identified in the Cyber Security Export Strategy over the coming months.

Tech Nation Cyber

Tech Nation Cyber is a national scale-up programme for the cyber security sector, aimed at ambitious tech companies ready for growth at home and abroad. Offering peer-to-peer learning, masterclasses led by expert scale coaches, meetups, and an international trip, the programme will provide cyber security scale-ups with invaluable skills, a powerful network – including peers, investors and potential clients – and the ability to implement changes to help their companies grow.

Tech Nation Cyber is seeking applications from fast-growth UK start-ups with seed to Series A funding, or £500,000 revenue, and 10+ employees, to join its growth programme, led by the UK’s most notable founders, CISOs and investors.

Forthcoming DIT events

A range of activity is planned for the coming months, with upcoming missions to Brazil and Madrid planned and others in the pipeline. We will be hosting delegations on the DIT pavilions at RSA in San Francisco in March and GISEC in Dubai in April, alongside other activity in the margins. We also expect to host some foreign governments and buyers with an interest in UK commercial cyber security capabilities shortly, and further information on this will follow in the coming weeks.

Wider DIT events can be found here, alongside details for DIT ministers’ travel.

Financial support for exports

We recognise that finance for exporting can sometimes be difficult. UK Export Finance is the UK’s Export Credit Agency and a Government Department, with nearly 100 years’ experience in helping buyers globally to purchase goods and/or services from the UK. The UK Government has an ambition that no viable trade with the UK should fail for lack of finance or insurance. UKEF help ensure that purchases of capital goods and/or services from the UK are supported with attractive financing terms. This support is predominantly through the provision of guarantees that facilitate loans to overseas buyers to purchase supplies from UK exporters as part of an overall contract package. UKEF guarantees (typically 100% and unconditional) commit the full faith and credit of the UK Government and can support exports for any size of company and across all sectors, from capital goods to services and intangibles such as intellectual property or licenses.

For further information please contact:

As part of the government’s efforts to support UK exporters through digital tools, a cyber security sector page has launched online. Part of the website, it showcases UK cyber security firms to potential overseas buyers, as well as providing information and guidance to UK firms at all stages of their exporting journey. We would encourage all UK cyber security businesses to register on it.

Alongside this UK companies can register their business on the Cyber Exchange directory.

Developing digital roads and improving air quality (feasibility study and development or pilot, 2 phases): SBRI competition

  • Highways England is funding 2 parallel competitions for solutions and ideas designed for use on UK roads. This competition is for unproven feasibility projects (low TRL).
  • Competition opens: Monday 11 February 2019
  • Registration closes: Wednesday 1 May 2019 12:00pm
  • Read more here


North East IoT challenge – Things Connected

  • Things Connected North East consists of free-to-use LoRaWAN and Sigfox gateways deployed across North East and Tees Valley for the use of testing, experimentation, demonstration and piloting of IoT products and services.
  • Why you should get involved?: This is a unique opportunity for startups and scaleups to solve real life challenges whilst developing revenue-generating products and services.
  • Who should apply?: Startups and scaleups who have an interest in developing their business technically and commercially through IoT technology and exposure to real-life challenges set by public and corporate partners.
  • Open date: Mar 22, 2018
  • Close date: Mar 30, 2019
  • Read more here


Police custody welfare, remote screening and monitoring system: SBRI competition

  • Organisations can apply for a share of £150,000, including VAT, to develop an integrated remote monitoring and screening solution for the care of people in custody
  • Police Scotland is seeking an integrated technological solution that can remotely monitor individuals and provide an early warning and intervention alert system. This should improve custody health and welfare outcomes.
  • The solution will ideally have: 1) a biometric capability to allow healthcare professionals to carry out remote consultations; 2) The ability to indicate whether any potential internal concealment presents a clinical risk
  • Deadline: Wednesday 20th March 2019, 12.00pm
  • Read more here. 


Government Office for Science – UK IC Postdoctoral Research Fellowship Programme

The Government Office for Science offers UK Intelligence Community (IC) Postdoctoral Research Fellowships to outstanding early career science or engineering researchers. These fellowships are designed to promote unclassified basic research in areas of interest to the intelligence, security and defence communities. The Centre for Protection of National Infrastructure, Department for Transport, Defence Science and Technology Laboratory, Home Office, and the National Cyber Security Centre are among the organisations represented in the programme.  Closing date is Monday 1 April and further information can be found here.

Latin America and the Caribbean UK Roadshow

Venue: Radisson Blu Hotel, Pegasus Business Park, East Midlands Airport DE74 2TZ
Date: 26 March 2019

Attend this free event for experienced UK exporters and gain a unique insight into business opportunities in Latin America and the Caribbean.

The Department for International Trade (DIT) is delighted to invite you to attend the East Midlands leg of this year’s Latin America and the Caribbean UK Roadshow as it makes its way across the UK during 25-29 March 2019.

By attending, you will hear from senior Latin America and Caribbean experts who will be showcasing the very latest business opportunities in these vibrant markets. Companies will also benefit from dedicated 1-2-1 meetings to obtain up-to-date information on opportunities within their specific industry.

The roadshow will look at opportunities in the following markets:

  • Brazil
  • Argentina
  • Caribbean
  • Central America
  • Chile
  • Colombia
  • Peru
  • Mexico

Why attend?

The Latin America and Caribbean region is home to over 650 million people where growing economies are demanding ever-higher quality products and services. British companies have seen their business expand in the region in recent years and we fully expect this growth to continue. Political change in the region means that Latin America and the Caribbean is more open to UK business than ever.

There are particularly strong opportunities in:

•  Education
•  Financial Services
•  Food & Drink
•  Healthcare
•  Infrastructure
•  Marine
•  Mining
•  Oil & Gas
•  Renewables
•  Security


See here for details on how you can attend. Please note, places are free but limited and the registration deadline is February 28th, so please book early to avoid disappointment.

For any other enquiries contact or call 0117 906 4574.

Iraq: New Land of Opportunity? Meet the British Ambassador

18 March | 09:00-13:00 | iCentrum, Birmingham

You are invited to join Mr Jon Wilks, CMG, Her Majesty’s Ambassador to the Republic of Iraq, and his Department for International Trade colleagues to explore the opportunities for business in this market… 

This is an exciting time for doing business in Iraq. Perceptions of the country are dominated by conflict and security concerns. But look deeper: Daesh has been territorially defeated and the security situation is stabilising. Exports of goods and services from the UK are increasing (reaching £0.5bn in 2017). So the opportunity is there for UK firms to get into this market early – not least through UK Export Finance which has been offering support in the market since 2017 and recently completed £1bn of business, with more will follow.

To reflect the close ties between the UK and Iraq, our Embassy in Baghdad has been working with the new Iraqi government to boost our economic partnership. Priorities for the next 4 years have been identified in the following sectors:

  • oil & gas
  • power
  • infrastructure
  • security & defence
  • healthcare and life sciences
  • education
  • financial & business services
  • technology
  • retail
  • agriculture

The international community is also increasing its activity in Iraq, which is creating opportunities for aid-funded business. And donors are moving into the economic space to create the conditions to stimulate the private sector and improve the ease of doing business.

So whilst Iraq is still a challenging business environment, the opportunities are there and the British Embassy and DIT Iraq are on hand to help. Come along to our event on 18 March and hear from the Ambassador and his team direct.


09:00-09:30 – Registration and refreshments
09:30-09:35 – Welcome from DIT Midlands Engine
09:35-09:55 – Business environment in Iraq – Mr Jon Wilks CMG Her Majesty’s Ambassador to the Republic of Iraq
09:55-10:15 – Doing business in Iraq – DIT Iraq
10:15-10:30 – HE links between UK & Iraq: Prof Colin Raban
10:30-10:45 – Company case-study
10:45-11:05 – Refreshment break
11:05-12:05 – Panel discussion / Q & A
12:05-13:00 – Networking lunch

Register today to secure your free ticket. 

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