Established in 2005, Ploughshare is wholly-owned by the UK Ministry of Defence (MOD).

We have exclusive rights to a unique portfolio of MOD-developed and crown-owned intellectual property, and we exist to transform ideas into commercial opportunities.

We work with government research and development teams and industry including manufacturers, software providers and MedTech companies to turn innovation into impactful, real-life products and solutions that:

  • Enhance and protect our Front Line Commands
  • Provide new and cutting-edge solutions for our healthcare system
  • Combat crime to make our streets safer
  • Make our planet more sustainable


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Our Purpose

Our purpose is to ensure that UK government science delivers real prosperity to the economy, our society, people’s lives, and our environment, whilst also delivering capability back to Government users.

Our Vision

Our vision is to be the hub that makes government innovation prosper.

Our Mission

Our mission is to put government into the hands of end users.

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Our impact

140 +

Technologies to market

£ 120 m

Gross value added (GVA)

£ 16 m+


£ 150 m+

In exports


Spin-out companies created to date


Jobs created

£ 180 m+

Private equity investment in MOD innovation

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