Access the Buyer in Wales

Access the Buyer, sponsored by Santander UK, brings together large companies with SMEs to share information and knowledge about accessing supply chain opportunities - with the aim of helping SMEs to grow, employ more people and stimulate local economies.

With 99% of Welsh businesses classified as SMEs, there is a critical role for them to play in the on-going economic recovery. However, many SMEs struggle to supply their products and services to large businesses, which can often have a direct important on their ability to grow and create jobs. Access the Buyer aims to address this serious issue by providing SMEs insight into and practical knowledge of the procurement processes of larger companies.

Business in the Community Cymru have delivered three Access the Buyer events in Wales.

Food & drink

In March 2015, Access the Buyer moved to Swansea and focussed on the Welsh food and drink sector. Food and drink companies employ over 200,000 people in Wales and contribute around £6bn in revenue to the Welsh economy. It is also priority growth sector for the Welsh Government. 

The buyers in March were: Virgin Trains, Castell Howell Foods, AF Blakemore and Castle Leisure.

Delegates on the day received presentations from the four buyers and were invited to engage in themed facilitated discussions around finding work, winning contracts, achieving the necessary accreditations, product development and collaboration. The summary of these discussions is available to download here.

If you attended the event in March and would any detailed information or access to some of the photography from the day, please contact the Wales team by email at

The BITC Cymru team have also held two other Access the Buyer events, one for the media and culture and one for the construction and property sectors of the economy.

Construction & property – Newport

The buyers were Costain, Carillion, VINCI Facilities and Bowmer & Kirkland. There were also presentations from the CITB and Queensberry Real Estate.

You can read a blog from Paul Brooks (Business Development Manager – Wales, Santander) about the event here.

Media & Culture – Cardiff

The buyers were Principality Building Society, Wales & West Utilities, Castle Leisure and BT. Delegates also received a presentation from Glynn Pegler (MD, The Culture Group).

A blog was published following the event and it is available to view online here.

If you would like more information about either of these events or would like to request access to some of the post-event resources, please contact the Wales team at