Understanding Future Supply Chain Opportunities

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Business in the Community (BITC) is working in partnership with Enfield Council to support small businesses in the north London borough to foster and strengthen the prospering Enfield economy.

Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, Enfield Council has been finding new ways to support small business owners, ranging from administering business grants to working with the Federation of Small Businesses (FSB) on the 1000 Business Club, as well as through business events, and networking. BITC is an organisation dedicated to promoting responsible business and we work with our member organisations and partners to enable businesses and communities in the UK to thrive.

Insight events and webinars in support of Enfield business owners

BITC and Enfield Council have joined forces to identify several key areas where businesses may benefit from more knowledge and support. A new workshop and webinar series will enable small businesses from across a range of sectors to hear from potential buyers, with the objective of demystifying the procurement process. This means when businesses apply for new contracts to grow their business, they can do so with more confidence, efficiency, and ultimately with a greater chance of success. 

Each block of events will be made up of one in person and two supporting Upskilling webinars hosted online.

Enfield in-person events

The series includes four “in-person workshops” between May 2022 and March 2023. Each event will provide an opportunity for buyers within a certain sector to explain their current procurement processes, highlighting exactly what they are looking for from suppliers. The sessions will also include time for small business owners to network with these potential buyers and each other. The events will be supported by members of BITC as well as BITC’s London Leadership Board, and their supply chains.

Additional Upskilling webinars (online)

To complement each “in-person event”, there will be two additional upskilling webinars. These online sessions are designed to build business owners’ confidence and knowledge (specific topics will be confirmed based on feedback from participating Enfield businesses). The sessions will feature guest speakers, both small business support specialists and BITC members, enabling business owners to find out what other support and resources are available and meet peers and other industry contacts.

Are you a small business owner in Enfield? Register your interest

To find out more, register your interest in the Enfield small business owners event series. BITC will contact you with all the information you need about upcoming events, including how to sign up.

Are you a buyer? Register to host an upcoming workshop

Buyers interested in learning how they could support this project should contact Kay Supra, Senior Lead, London and East of England at BITC.

You may also be interested in BITC’s Race at Work Charter, including how to include Black, Asian, Mixed Race, and other ethnically diverse-led enterprises in supply chains.

Add our upcoming event dates to your diary

We will be circulating invites to each of our events to those who register. However, we encourage you to add the dates to your diary now to avoid missing out. Topics and timings for the upskilling webinars will be decided closer to the events.

Block 1:

  • Understanding Future Supply Chain Opportunities: Professional Services
    Wednesday 25 May 2022, 15:00 to 18:00
  • Upskilling webinar: Wednesday 8 June 2022
  • Upskilling webinar: Wednesday 29 June 2022

Block 2:

  • Understanding Future Supply Chain Opportunities: Technology
    Wednesday 20 July 2022, 15:00 to 18:00
  • Upskilling webinar: Tuesday 13 September 2022
  • Upskilling webinar: Wednesday 12 October 2022

Block 3:

  • Understanding Future Supply Chain Opportunities. Public Sector
    Wednesday 9 November 2022, 15:00 to 18:00
  • Upskilling webinar: Wednesday 18 January 2023
  • Upskilling webinar: Wednesday 9 February 2023

Block 4:

  • Understanding Future Supply Chain Opportunities: Retailers:
    Wednesday 15 March 2023, 15:00 to 18:00
  • Upskilling webinar: Wednesday 26 April 2023
  • Upskilling webinar: Wednesday 17 May 2023

Do you run a small business in Enfield?