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JOIN the technology supply chain

The Technology Supply Chain is a no-cost membership for manufacturing, engineering and technology companies and those businesses that support them.
We connect you with the grant funding, funded support and opportunities available from local Universities, LEPs, catapults etc.

WHAT DO MEMBERS GET… 

BENEFIT 1
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You will be directed to the well-hidden funding and funded support available to you.

BENEFIT 2
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You will be invited to free workshops and useful events run by Universities, LEPs, the MTC and other organisations.

BENEFIT 3
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You will be invited along to our monthly briefing events and regular networking lunches and drinks.

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You will enjoy rapid expansion by discovering new markets, new opportunities and leveraging the funding and funded support available.

BENEFIT 5
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You will receive our weekly e-newsletter which updates you on the upcoming events, workshops and the new opportunities available to your business.

BENEFIT 6
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You will have the opportunity to share your content, such as e-books, videos, articles etc. through our on-line portal and promote your upcoming events.

WORKING WITH GREAT UNIVERSITIES… 

THREE REASONS FOR BUSINESSES TO JOIN

REASON 1
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We will help move your business forward using the funding and funded support available from local Universities and other organisations.

REASON 2
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We don’t ask for membership fees.  We only ask that you take advantage of the fully funded support and grants available when appropriate.

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We are a Community Interest Company- which means we are not-for-profit and any extra money that we do make is re-invested in our community.

HoW DO I JOIN THE TECHNOLOGY SUPPLY CHAIN? 

The Technology Supply Chain has been custom-tailored for manufacturing, engineering and tech firms and the the companies and organisations that support them.  We are a Community Interest Company that offers no-cost members to companies in the West Midlands.

You are invited to join our rapidly growing membership. Simply complete the form opposite and we will add you to the appropriate members list. You will get:

  • Easy access to hidden grant funding, funded support and expert advice
  • Invitations to free workshops and events
  • Access to monthly briefings and quarterly networking events
  • Invites to sector specific events such as manufacturing-only workshops
  • Predictable expansion and increased profits
  • Weekly e-newsletters with ideas, opportunities and invitation
  • Free access to our library of business resources

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We help YOU to find funding and support as well as new markets and clients

TYPES OF MEMBERS

MANUFACTURING
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We are looking for members from all manufacturing sectors inc. metal, plastics, aerospace, automotive, food and electronic to name but a few.

ENGINEERING
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The TSC is looking for members from all engineering sectors inc. aerospace, chemical, civil, mechanical, production and biomedical.

TECH and IT
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We are seeking members from all sectors including tech (apps, software etc.) and IT, telecomms (inc. 5G) and bio-tech.

 SERVICES
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The TSC is looking for service providers who specialise in working with manufacturing, engineering or tech firms.  This includes professional and business service providers.

UNIVERSITIES
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The TSC is always looking to work with new projects from West Midlands Universities.  You are invited to join as a service company. Find out more about our offering here.

ASSOCIATIONS
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The TSC is keen to working with industrial associations.  Membership and our support is completely free.  You are welcome to join in the appropriate membership category.  

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Yes, membership is completely and totally free. 

Our events and workshops are free.  You get our newsletter for free.  You can ask for introductions and support for free.  You can raise challenges (e.g. can someone help me with disposing of tainted plastic) and promote events for free.  All you need to do is keep an eye on our newsletter or e-mail Richard to but something in it.

Most of the grants we promote are match-funded, e.g. you spend £20,000 and you receive a £10,000 grant which matches your £10,000 spend.  This is the way some funding works.

Some services from Universities and other organisations (like the MTC) are match funded, while some are offered at a subsidised rate.  It will always be made clear if there is a cost attached.

OK, so if membership is completely free, how do you make money? 

The Technology Supply Chain is a Community Interest Company, i.e. a not-for-profit organisation.  We have no shareholders.  We maintain a low-cost structure and any profit is invested back into the community.

We pay our employees and bills partly through the consultancy fees we charge universities for helping them to engage with our members, partly through sponsorship from our business partners and partly through grants and funding for our work with young people and under-employed graduates.

Membership is open to West Midlands organisations including:

  • Manufacturing
  • Engineering
  • Technology Firms
  • Businesses who specialise in supporting them
  • Universities
  • Associations

Note: our funded support and grants are aimed at SMEs.  These are companies with a turnover of less than £40m who employ under 249 staff.  Some of these are limited by region (e.g. Birmingham and Solihull LEP, the Black Country LEP etc) and some by industry (e.g. food and drink manufacturers only).

The only expectation is that you take advantage of the appropriate events, grants and funded support. 

These are all free.  We do not expect you to attend every event or take advantage of every project.

All we ask is that you make the most of your membership.

We also respectively ask members to remain professional at all times and remember that this a community- not a sales forum.

JOIN THE TECHNOLOGY SUPPLY CHAIN 

You are invited to join the Technology Supply Chain. Simply complete the form opposite and we will add you to the appropriate list.  Remember you get:

  • Easy access to hidden grants and fully funded support- fuel your business growth with free support and match-funded grants
  • Invitations to free workshops and events- discover new approaches and new business opportunities  
  • Access to our monthly TSC briefing and regular networking events
  • Invites to sector specific events such as manufacturing-only workshops
  • Weekly e-newsletter with ideas, opportunities and invitations
  • Free access to our library of resources- discover proven ideas and methods to take your business to the next level
  • Predictable expansion and increased profits

JOIN by completing below:

We keep your data private and do not share it with third parties. Read our Privacy Policy.