A change program designed to accelerate the competitiveness of defence industry by raising the performance of defence suppliers and their supply chains – based on the United Kingdoms’ continuous improvement program known as Supply Chains for the 21st Century (SC21).

The program focuses on embedding best practice leadership and a culture of continuous improvement within defence industry small and medium-sized business (SMEs). 

SCIP is free of charge to eligible businesses in the defence industry.

Available support

Office of Defence Industry Support (ODIS) industry engagement specialists coach businesses to help improve their productivity and competitiveness.

SCIP participants that achieve and maintain agreed criteria in terms of delivery, quality, sustainable improvement and the associated improvement frameworks can apply to receive national recognition in the form of a Bronze, Silver or Gold Performance Standard Award.


Businesses must operate in the defence industry and satisfy the eligibility criteria for the ODIS industry engagement service.

Additionally, businesses should be able to demonstrate internal capacity, aspiration and commitment to participate in the following areas:

  • leadership
  • strategy
  • people
  • partnerships and resources
  • processes, products and services.

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