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About Diverse Supply Chains

Diverse Supply Chains (DSC) is funded by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF), the project will assist diverse* and minority-owned businesses to enter the supply chains of major contractors/organisations. The aim of this project is to facilitate relationships between diverse businesses and large private and public sector corporate contractors.

*In this project, diverse businesses are those owned and managed by women (particularly women with children), people with limiting disabilities, people who are lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender (LGBT+), ethnic minorities and young enterpreneurs  (16-25 years). A business is eligible for the project if one or more of the directors of the company is from one of those specified groups.

The aim

The aim of these partnerships is to create exciting and unique opportunities through the delivery of this Diverse Supply Chains project, maximising its positive impact on social inclusion and sustainable growth for companies that take part.

Key Benefits

  • Increased confidence and aspirations amongst diverse businesses to compete for tenders from major contractors, leading to greater tendering activity from minority owned businesses
  • Higher turnover and jobs created in diverse companies
  • Access to a wider and more diverse supply chain, managing risk and increasing potential for innovative products
  • Helping to elevate your CSR reputation, and improve your ‘Triple bottom line’

We’ve joined

Industry-wide alliances with some fantastic and supportive organisations, such as:

  • Balfour Beatty Vinci
  • HS2
  • NatWest
  • Birmingham City Council
  • GBS LEP Growth Hub