Supply chain management is a business-critical need to an organisation’s success, something that both suppliers and buyers have been grappling with for years. UK SMEs continuously struggle to break into the OEM supply chains that dominate the UK industry. For ensured business success, securing the support and contracts of Tier One firms is imperative. Thankfully, Supply Chain Connect is here to help remedy these issues and offer expert support for SMEs looking for their big break. In conjunction, OEMs will explain their procurement methods helping you to gain the insight necessary to make the right move for your business.

Feedback from Supply Chain Connect in March:“An excellent event in a great city, all of the speakers were passionate and engaging very relevant to my needs” – Colin Ball, Colmet “Perhaps the most useful event I have attended in the last 5 years. Thank you” – Justin Smith, City of Liverpool College “Superb” – Calvin Jackson, Jungheinrich “Relevant buyers and industry” – Craig Jackson, Brainboxes “Excellent cross-section of speakers with good feedback and networking. I really enjoyed all sessions in particular interaction with participants” – Peter Walsh, City of Liverpool College “Why wouldn’t you be here!” – Colin Ball, Colmet “Hard to top – pleasantly surprised” – Chris Chisnall, Glen Dimplex

Meet the Supplier


British made products have always held world-wide respect for their quality and innovation. However modern the industry, in which OEMs look for efficiency and the best available price, extra pressure has been placed on SMEs in the UK to meet these requirements. In a market in which OEMs largely control the purchasing procedure, Supply Chain Connect looks to break down many of the barriers that inhibit local suppliers and remove the hassle of making initial contact with our pre-arranged one-to-one meetings. Set over two days, we will put suppliers directly in contact with the relevant buyer to facilitate new relationships and encourage business development.

Meet the Buyer

The UK has positioned itself globally as a leading producer and manufacturer of high value goods. As a result, a number of large businesses have become strong drivers in this field. Companies such as BAE, Rolls Royce, JLR, Babcock and others have emerged internationally as the best in the business, with a world-wide brand.

These OEMs will look to keep as much of their supply UK based, but business determines their procurement model. As such, OEMs will lay out what they look for and how they developed their own supply chains. Knowledge of this will offer lucrative opportunities to SMEs who are uncertain about how to secure Tier One contracts.