The Access Programme

Business in the Community's Access Programme aims to create a level playing field for Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) so they can grow, win business and create new jobs. The Access Programme achieves this by organising events where SMEs can meet buyers and procurement professionals from corporates, as well as asking large businesses to sign a pledge to make their activities fair, transparent and open to small businesses.

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Access Pledge

We are asking large businesses to take The Access Pledge and publically show their commitment to opening up their supply chains to SMEs through a fair, transparent and open procurement process.

By taking this pledge, large businesses will enable:

  • access for SMEs to opportunities in large businesses

  • access for large businesses to the growth and innovation within SMEs

  • access for communities to the enhanced abilities of SMEs to generate local jobs 


Access the Buyer events

Santander logoIn partnership with Santander, we organise a series of events throughout the year across the UK where we bring together procurement professionals from large companies with SMEs who are interested in opening up relationships and providing services.

Each Access the Buyer event has a different industry focus, such as Food and Drink or Manufacturing.  They are designed to be interactive and informative days, providing maximum value to both the buyers from the large businesses and the SME suppliers.

See all upcoming Access the Buyer events, plus reports from past events.