New programme aims to enhance supply chains for 450 businesses

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A regional programme set up to support supply chains in the Leeds City Region has been launched, with the objective of helping 450 businesses to improve their supply chain performance or enter other sectors, over the next three years.

The Leeds City Region Supply Chain Programme has been developed to help local small manufacturing companies improve their supply chain efficiency and productivity and is funded by The European Structural and Investment Funds (ESIF) and The European Regional Development Fund.

The initiative offers companies consultancy and EU funded grants to implement action plans for improvement. Run by the University of Huddersfield, the programme will operate from the 3M Buckley Innovation Centre (3M BIC) in Huddersfield, headed up by Steve Gregory. 

The Supply Chain programme was officially launched on 5 December, where over 30 people from the regional business community gathered to celebrate the launch, held at the 3M BIC. Steve Gregory introduced the Supply Chain Programme, followed by a talks from Mr Ken Brockbank, Leeds LEP and Professor Samir Dani, Professor of Logistics and Supply Chain Management at the University of Huddersfield. Mr Dani discussedsupply chains of the future, the implications of Brexit to businesses and the application of Industry 4.0. The evening concluded with refreshments and an opportunity for networking.

Head of the Programme Steve Gregory said: “Here at Huddersfield University we are excited to announce the launch of the LCR Supply Chain Programme. We have an experienced business engagement team from the manufacturing and business support sector which we have combined with a strong academic knowledge to provide an excellent support service to local companies. In these ever changing times it is opportune that we are launching this significant programme.”.

Andrew Wright, Chair of the LEP Business, Innovation and Growth (BIG) Panel, said: “This new programme is a perfect fit to meet the needs of the Leeds City Region manufacturing sector. Manufacturers benefit from being able to operate in multiple supply chains and this support will help the regions businesses to access new supply chains, accelerate growth and increase productivity