Our Services

Strategy and Innovation

Successful organisations do not stand still. Vedette brings practical insights to clients in defining their long-term objectives and then set a strategy to deliver real outcomes. We support investment decisions through economic appraisal and options analysis using leading-edge methodologies: combining data modelling with a qualitative assessment. We listen to your requirements and tailor an approach for each assignment. Our understanding of the technology landscape means that we can help organisations leverage the benefits of new innovation to stay ahead of the competition.

  • Strategic Decision Support

    In helping organisations to develop and implement their strategy, we balance the development of processes with facilitating decision making. Often the transition from business division to board level presents decision makers with new challenges; companies often shield executives from wider business issues to ensure they have a clear focus until they reach board level – then the breadth and impact of new challenges can be a surprise.

  • Applied Research & Technology

    We have research and technical expertise particularly in cyber, C4ISR, modelling and simulation and organisational performance. We offer reliable and current surrogate practitioners designing valid use cases and helping to deliver exploitable outcomes. We are integrating artificial intelligence to support decision making.

  • Emerging Technologies

    Clients value our ability to exploit innovation. We understand the need to  balance agile, safe to learn environments  where progress can be fast – and exploiting them for the enterprise. Mitigating plans to ensure human factors and cultural issues are addressed can often be on the critical path.

  • Economic Appraisal

    We employ leading-edge techniques to conduct economic appraisals on a range of complex programmes. In addition to applying smart analytical tools, we also understand how to overcome the variety of cognitive biases that can lead to false assumptions and heuristics.  

  • Acquisition Support

    We have a track record in working across the defence acquisition enterprise in helping clients to design and execute the most appropriate acquisition approach.  This ranges from concept through refinement to the delivery stages, providing surge support as required.

  • Market Analysis

    Our range of associate partners with their varied expertise allows us a head start when delivering market analysis.  We understand the context dependencies to reveal impacts and opportunities beyond the immediate area.

Performance Improvement

We have the soft skills required to support decision-makers in the integration of innovation with the best current techniques in order to optimise current capability.

Leadership Development

Our Observer/Battle Staff Coaches support joint, operational and tactical level HQs throughout their developmental cycle, from foundation training through to post-exercise analysis, assessment and reporting. O/BSCs play an active part in academic seminars and key leader training. O/BSCs support battle staff training and facilitate workshops on staff structures, processes, tools, working practices and outputs.

Manual Simulation & Wargaming

Organisations now recognize the value to their business of wargames and scenario-based analysis and planning. These techniques promote understanding, critical thinking and insights, supporting decision-making in complex situations at enterprise and operating levels. Vedette has gathered leading practitioners to form a team intent on delivering affordable excellence.

Learning from Experience

Today’s environment is volatile, uncertain, complex and ambiguous. The imperative is to learn from experience, integrating innovation with the best current techniques. This implies a range of thinking and a willingness to challenge the status quo: our experts understand the relationship between information, knowledge, understanding and wisdom, delivering evidence-based after-action reviews and identifying lessons to be learned.

Programme Support

With over eighty Associate Partners we have a source of expertise that, individually or in teams, supports our client’s needs. This can be through multi-year contracts with more established clients, using a variety of government and partner frameworks, or as a result of more direct discussions for short-term immediate support.

  • Consulting Solutions

    Our consulting approach focuses on clearly understanding the challenge, ensuring we keep the vision in context – we handover both immediate benefits and clear exploitation routes to deliver enduring change.

  • Interim Leaders

    Although not a core activity we find we are frequently providing quality people who are often sought to remain in interim management positions. This both reinforces our reputation with clients and is seen as a useful additional dimension by our associate partners.

Supplier Support

Prime Contractors and OEMs are increasingly suffering delays in government procurement timelines within an opaque acquisition process.  The cost of bidding is becoming a major risk factor and we have found there is value in offering high-quality support to suppliers when they need it.  Often augmenting a core team with focused expertise, we assist in surging effort where necessary and building the core team in a more deliberate way.  We can do this with a pool of associates who, between them, have a more broad and contemporary awareness of the market and commercial situation than any small in-house team can hope to maintain.

Capture Support

Ensuring the right expertise and approach is available to assist in the generation of quality contextual information at the start of the bid process helps to focus the team. We provide our own associates and have access to wider partners to make sure the bid team is able to meet gate reviews in a deliberate and considered manner.

Programme Delivery

Often transitioning from the bid team, we are committed to ensuring that a high-quality bid team is followed by an equally high-quality delivery team. This simple approach is surprisingly rare – but pays dividends in the long term.

Subject Matter Expertise

The volatile and unpredictable nature of MoD procurement too often has uncertain timescales and an in-house team can often be stretched to cover the company area of interest in a comprehensive way. Vedette is growing a reputation for excellent and comprehensive situational awareness and market insight, and we are used to surging in-house teams at short notice with quality support, reducing the overall cost to business development and the bidding process.

Acquisition Strategy Advice

Quality advice and support from Vedette using Shipley process and other techniques for winning business can transform a reasonable technological offering into a strong bid with a compelling and successful win strategy. Price to Win, Black Hat and Red Team seminars can complement in-house effort and Vedette has the benefit of a strong and varied pool of expertise experience in delivering this ‘Advice as a Service’ approach to leading defence and security primes.