A new supply chain development service which will help businesses in the North East increase supply chain sales and create jobs has been launched by the BE Group.
Business Generator is an intensive two year programme of events and 1-2-1 support th
at will help SMEs and social
enterprises in the North East to increase their supply chain credentials and win more new business contracts.
The service is part funded by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) and is being delivered in partnership with the North East Procurement Organisation (NEPO) following the success of a pilot programme carried out in July and August 2010 which generated over £40million worth of new business for the 11 companies that took part.
Paul Taylor, Business Generator business development manager said: “Business Generator will support SMEs, create jobs and provide the confidence for North East companies to bid for work nationally.
“After an extremely successful pilot scheme we’re confident that the programme will increase the ability of North East businesses to identify, bid for and win new contracts.”
Businesses will be able to access the support of the Business Generator team of procurement experts through a programme of learning sessions, workshops and masterclasses covering all aspects of public and private procurement and the tender process as well as the option of practical 1-2-1 assistance in preparing tender documentation.
The programme will also run a series of ‘Business Generator’ days based on the popular meet the buyer style events where businesses will have the opportunity to meet face to face with buyers and managers with real purchasing requirements from local, national and international organisations.
Speaking at the Business Generator launch event Nicki Clark, chief operating officer at the BE Group said: “BE Group is one of the country’s most influential business services groups and is delivering a range of supply chain projects across the UK.
“Business Generator is a unique partnership in the North East that will deliver real business opportunities across a range of sectors.”
The programme works closely with NEPO to give businesses a unique insight to the types of new opportunities available from the public sector and ensure they have the necessary skills and knowledge to successfully pass through the procurement process and win contracts.
Diane Nielsen, deputy director and programmes director at NEPO said: “The help and support offered through the Business Generator is delivered by industry experts with years of experience who are able to offer one-to-one support on a range of subjects.
“They will be able to provide information on business opportunities through NEPO who undertake collaborative procurement on behalf of all 12 North East local authorities.”
James Ramsbotham, CEO of the North East Chamber of Commerce (NECC) said: “The Business Generator Service from BE Group has real potential to help businesses gain a foothold in large supply chains and improve their ability in tendering for large scale public or private sector contracts.
“I urge businesses to get in touch and find out what the Business Generator can do for them.”
The service can be accessed by both new and established businesses including social enterprises.
To find out more about the Business Generator call 0191
426 6333 or visit the website www.bizgenerator.co.uk