Supply Chain Exchange Milestone

Supply Chain North East Exchange has just welcomed its 100th member after launching just last year.

The exchange was developed to create a community platform for businesses engaged with the Supply Chain North East support programme to enable inter-trading opportunities between member businesses.

At the start of the pandemic last year the exchange became a vital platform for businesses diversifying in response to COVID-19. From companies sourcing new suppliers, identifying new business partners winning new customer orders, securing grant funding and signing posting the exchange now has 100 members and just under 20 opportunities from innovative COVID-19 services, PPE, local needs of businesses and workplace safety and protection products Programme Manager, Alan Whitaker explains more:

“The Supply Chain Exchange is a vital portal for businesses within the North East to reach out and start new conversations, I am pleased to welcome our 100th member and look forward to it growing even further.

“As businesses emerge from the pandemic, we realise that our exchange will play a big part in businesses expanding their reach and growth. This is why we are also hosting a huge event Showcase North East in July.

“At the Showcase event businesses will get the chance to hear from top industry leaders, find out about local sector opportunities, the chance to network and collaborate with local business owners. As well as understanding more how the Exchange can work for your business.”

For more information on the Exchange visit

To sign up for the Showcase North East event visit


Showcase North East is brought to you by Supply Chain North East and Innovate UK EDGE.

Supply Chain North East

Supply Chain North East brings together four key partners to work with over 800 businesses through to 2021, supporting them to identify opportunities in new and existing markets. An integral part of the North East Strategic Economic Plan, that has a vision to create 100,000 more and better jobs between 2014 and 2024. Supply Chain North East is delivered across the region by RTC North, Generator, North East Automotive Alliance (NEAA) and North East Process Industry Cluster (NEPIC).

Supply Chain North East is a multimillion programme aimed at revolutionising the way SMEs diversify their offering and embrace new markets. The programme has received more than £3m of funding from the England European Regional Development Fund, which is part of the European Structural and Investment Funds Growth Programme 2014-2020.

Innovate UK EDGE

Innovate UK EDGE is a key part of the UK innovation agency’s investment in innovative businesses that drive economic growth. It complements Innovate UK project funding with intensive, specialist-led support for such ambitious businesses.

Each high-potential, innovative business in our portfolio benefits from the objective perspective of a dedicated innovation and growth specialist local to them. Our specialist considers a business in the round and, working closely with its leadership, identifies the most productive ways to accelerate its growth.

What we offer: innovation and growth support

Innovate UK EDGE brings a range of services to help ambitious, innovative SMEs scale and grow. We help businesses:

Exploit innovation

Enter new markets

Source funding

Our specialists can draw on resources such as our programmes, events, innovation & international networks and their domain expert colleagues.

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