Supply Chain North East during COVID-19

July 29, 2020

Alan Whittaker from Supply Chain North East explains how it is helping North East businesses respond to the COVID-19 pandemic

As the North East responds to the impact and demands of COVID-19, Supply Chain North East is poised to help businesses respond directly to supply chain demands in healthcare.

We are also here to ensure that businesses have the right support to help them build resilience and put them on a path back to growth.

We’ve made some significant changes to our programme so we can work with businesses that want to diversify and move into the PPE market.

We can help your business establish the networks, materials and infrastructure you need to supply PPE quickly and effectively. Grants of up to 80 per cent for up to £40,000 are available for businesses looking to make a long-term commitment to supply PPE.

Capital grants programme enhancements have been made in recognition of the constraints faced by many businesses at present.

They include the ability for the Supply Chain North East scheme to make payments at the start of a project. SMEs can also access up to 60 per cent in grants (increased from a cap of 40 per cent) towards stalled pipeline projects due to COVID-19 or activities aimed at developing the supply chain.

Critically, grants up to 80 per cent are available for organisations that can potentially support supply chain needs relating to the health and social care sectors – for example in the provision of PPE, respirators and other products. The funding has been made available from Government’s Local Growth Fund via the North East LEP.

If your company meets the following criteria, you may be eligible:

Based in County Durham, Northumberland or Tyne & Wear
Employs between one and 249 staff
Looking to use external expertise to assist with business improvement or,
Planning to invest in equipment to enable business growth and diversification

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 £3 million of funding from the England European Regional Development Fund, which is part of the European Structural and Investment Funds Growth Programme 2014-2020.

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