New campaign to strengthen UK supply chain resilience

A campaign is being launched today (2 October) to ensure the North East’s manufacturing supply chain will be well positioned to take advantage of the post-Brexit landscape.

The campaign will work with regional businesses to identify the implications of Brexit – image courtesy of BCC

Organised by the North East England Chamber of Commerce and commercial law firm, Square One Law, the Brexit Ready Supply Chain campaign will be the focal point for a planned and collaborative approach to Brexit preparations.

The campaign will work with regional businesses to identify the implications of Brexit as well as encouraging firms to begin a comprehensive planning process.

A report will also be produced on the opportunities for better supply chain development, management and innovation in the North East.

It will be developed through a series of workshops discussing key supply chain issues and how businesses either have innovated or are facing barriers to innovation.

Jonathan Walker, chamber head of policy and campaigns said: “The project will undoubtedly help to build our supply chain’s resilience. Many firms operate in complex supply chain networks across international boundaries. Rules governing these operations will inevitably be subject to some change as we leave the EU and businesses should be prepared well in advance, to avoid unnecessary disruption.

A supporter of the campaign is Mike Matthews MBE, managing director of Nifco UK, and former president of the chamber, who said: “One of the key issues facing the manufacturing sector, amongst others, is the well-documented skills shortage and there is a real possibility that this could worsen following the UK’s departure from the EU.”

“The need for the manufacturing supply chain to collaborate and communicate pre-Brexit to ensure a positive outcome post-Brexit, is of vital importance and campaigns like this one will ensure the North East business community is having the right discussions in good time.

“Every business is only as strong as the next link in the supply chain and it is clear that preparation will be vital.”