Project Launch: The importance of supply chains in the era of Covid-19

Thu 25th Jun 2020 at 11:30 am - 1:00 pm

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The Diverse Supply Chains (Tender Readiness & Grant) programme is being delivered by Aston University.  It is available to diverse businesses in the GBSLEP area.  i.e. those owned and managed by women, black & minority ethnic and young entrepreneurs.  Also, people with limiting disabilities, people who are lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender (LGBT+).

Following the launch webinar & workshops, the participating (approx. 30 businesses) can access grants of up to £2,500 (matched), to buy services such as:

  • Bid writing; training in bid writing / support in bid writing.
  • Marketing & branding e.g. developing websites and marketing material
  • Supporting the cost of additional specialised consultancy support
  • Acquiring accreditations (non-regulatory)
  • Leadership training & Confidence building

The Grants will only be available to eligible businesses that attend the workshop programme.

Please book on the launch webinar to take place at 11.30 on Thursday 25th June, via     Quote MPAS as the referral code.

Key Benefits:

  • For SMEs – The programmes aim is to assist diverse and minority-owned businesses to enter the supply chains of major contractors/organisations by facilitating relationships between these businesses and large private and public sector corporate contractors.
  • For Buyers – Access to a wider and more diverse supply chain, managing risk and increasing potential for innovative products.  In particular, representatives from a range of large private and public sector corporations will participate in workshops. NatWest, Balfour Beatty Vinci, HS2, Birmingham City Council are already on board.


A business is eligible for the project if one or more of the directors of the company is from one of these specified groups.

The SMEs need to have a trading history of one year or more, and trade predominantly business to business.

They must be based within Greater Birmingham and Solihull, Bromsgrove, Redditch and Wyre Forest, and Cannock Chase, Lichfield, Tamworth and East Staffordshire areas.


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