Supporting Success

Opening Doors

Supply Chain Gateway

SMEs often struggle to gain entry to the supply chains of larger organisations, and as a result miss out on key opportunities to develop and grow. To help overcome the challenges the Growth Hub developed the Supply Chain Gateway.

The Supply Chain Gateway helps SMEs understand what procurers in large organisations expect from suppliers and, crucially, how to meet their procurement criteria, enabling them to land lucrative contracts. It also helps large organisations recognise how SME suppliers can contribute to their success.

“Our role is to help businesses get more opportunities from supply chain activities, whatever sector they are in.”Eva Foran, Supply Chain Development Manager, Cumbria Chamber of Commerce

What we can offer

We offer a growing range of sector and organisation specific information, online tools and resources to help Cumbrian businesses, mainly SMEs, develop their capabilities and engage more effectively in supply chains.

Resources include online forums where businesses can swap tips and exchange experiences, a business directory, interactive tools and an events diary.

SMEs get access to professional advisers, sources of funding, networking opportunities, training courses and workshops. We also offer a subsidy scheme which can be used to help gain vital accreditations or access additional consultancy. Much of this support is free of charge to the user.

Working in Partnership

Our supply chain work is funded by the European Regional Development Fund, Allerdale Borough Council/Sellafield’s Social Impact Investment Fund, Barrow Borough Council/Coastal Communities Fund, Carlisle City Council, Eden District Council, South Lakeland District Council, Cumbria Chamber of Commerce and Cumbria Local Enterprise Partnership.

  • Cumbria Chamber of Commerce
  • Eden District Council
  • Borough of Barrow-in-Furness
  • Carlisle City Council
  • Allerdale Borough Council
  • South Lakeland District Council
  • Cumbria Local Enterprise Partnership
  • Coastal Communities Fund
  • European Regional Development Fund