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Friday, 28th February 2014

UK: Increasing our Security Exports: A New Government Approach

Source: UK Trade & Investment via GOV.UK

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From homeland security and border control to surveillance and detection equipment, UK companies are at the forefront of designing, manufacturing and selling security-related goods and services all over the world.

In comparison with the defence sector, which consistently captures about 20 per cent of the global defence export market, the UK security sector currently achieves just over 4 per cent of the global security export market.

The Defence and Security White Paper National Security through Technology published in February 20121 recognised that a healthy and competitive UK security industry can make a significant contribution to our national security. It can create jobs, maintain skills and sustain advanced manufacturing and technological capabilities. The White Paper noted that whilst the UK is the second largest defence exporter in the world, our performance in the security export market is not consistent with our reputation and expertise. The White Paper concluded that the government should provide further support to industry to improve its export performance.

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Having begun his career in academic libraries, Adrian Janes has subsequently worked extensively in public libraries, chiefly in enquiry work as an Information Services librarian. In this role he has had particular responsibility for information from both the UK Government and the European Union. He wrote a detailed report on sources for the latter which was published by FreePint in 2007, and has contributed articles to FreePint and ResourceShelf. He is involved in training in information literacy and the use of online reference resources.

A Contributing Editor to DocuTicker, he also write reviews for Pennyblackmusic.

Adrian can be reached at adrian.janes@freepint.com

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