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Local businesses are being encouraged to sign up to an initiative to develop regional supply chains.

Hambleton District Council is a delivery partner for The Supply Chain Network – which aims to help businesses identify supply chain opportunities and give support to help secure them. The authority is asking businesses to become involved in the scheme which will allow suppliers, investors and developers to identify and pursue strong commercial partnerships.

Supply chains are often complex but this network provides businesses with information updates, and access to specialist advice that will help support their growth and development.

It provides access to the free Supplier Directory – a central hub for the region’s suppliers. And it allows businesses to showcase products and services, increase visibility and generate enquiries, as well as access information on developments and opportunities, and receive alerts on new opportunities and tenders.

“Being a partner in this project will allow us to support our businesses to become more competitive in the market place and access opportunities further afield,” said Council Leader, Councillor Mark Robson.

“Whether they need funding to achieve an accreditation to access new contracts or want to understand better how to get into procurement processes with other businesses and contractors, this project can help.

“It will ensure that, as well as helping businesses increase chances of success in competitive tenders and winning work, they can also access the support and information they need to do this by providing access to specialist sector and supply chain consultancy advice, offering expertise to support and implement growth plans.”

The scheme also offers a programme of virtual workshops and resources to build knowledge in specialist areas; and there is financial assistance for accreditations and equipment through to strategy and business planning, to support supply chain growth.

It is funded by the European Regional Development Fund and delivered in partnership with East Riding of Yorkshire Council – supported by Northern Powerhouse, Humber Local Enterprise Partnership and the York and North Yorkshire Enterprise Partnership.

For more information contact Julie Hutton julie.hutton@ahambleton.gov.uk or Jayne Cranston Jayne.Cranston@hambleton.gov.uk

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