services for the technology supply chain
We connect you with the grant funding, funded support and opportunities available from local Universities, LEPs, catapults etc.
how we help B2B service providers…
Are you looking for new business opportunities and new markets? We can help you to find new clients and enter new markets. We have helped many B2B companies to cross the boundary into new and exciting sectors.
B2B service companies who innovate through optimising their processes and using technology to better service their clients stay competitive and profitable. Discover the grants, funded support and learning opportunities available.
We can help you to manage your costs by making the most of the free and low-cost resources available, minimising your expenditure and streamlining/ automating your business processes.
benefits of b2b service membership…
You will be directed to the well-hidden funding and funded support available to you.
You will be invited to free workshops and useful events run by Universities, LEPs, the MTC and other organisations.
You will be invited along to our monthly briefing events and regular networking lunches and drinks.
You will enjoy rapid expansion by discovering new markets, new opportunities and leveraging the funding and funded support available.
You will receive our weekly e-newsletter which updates you on the upcoming events, workshops and the new opportunities available to your business.
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 b2b SERVICE BUSINESSES TO JOIN
We will help move your business forward using the funding and funded support available from local Universities and other organisations.
We don’t ask for membership fees. We only ask that you take advantage of the fully funded support and grants available when appropriate.
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?
We help our service members to find new ideas, new opportunities and new clients. We do this by making it simple for you to access the grants, funded projects and support which will:
- Discover the grants and funding you need to move your business forward- reach your goals faster
- Find new markets that need your products and support- increase your customer base rapidly
- Increase efficiency through standardising and streamlining processes- get more done in less time and boom your bottom line
- Help you to develop new internal processes and use proven technology so you can build the business you want
- Support you to innovate and develop new products and services- steal a lead on your competition and future-proof your business
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We help YOU to find funding and support as well as new markets and clients
TYPES OF b2b SERVICE MEMBERS
Professional services are key to the success of our members. This includes the solicitors, accountants, architects and consultants which manufacturing, engineering and tech firms need.
Financial services from banks and lenders to investors and business angels are vital to our members. We are looking for finance providers who can help our members move forward.
Do you help companies to become more efficient or more productive? We are looking for trainers, business coaches, management consultants, LEAN experts etc.
Marketing is key to the success of any business. We are looking for marketing consultants, graphic designers, web site builders, printers, SEO specialists, copywriters etc.
RECRUITMENT AND HR
Good employees are hard to find and retain. We are looking for recruiment and HR experts who can help our members to find and retain the best people for their business..
Do you help companies to reduce their utility costs? We help our members to increase their profitability and competitiveness. Cost-cutting is key to this and we are looking for companies who can help.
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:
- Technology Firms
- Businesses who specialise in supporting them
Note: our funded support and grants are aimed at SMEs. These are businesses 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.
The TSC is not a business referral group like BNI.
However, many of our members do business with each other and refer work. Our members are like-minded and come from a mix of companies including larger organisations. They often find they have shared values and so are happy to work together and refer business.
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 our B2B services 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
- 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