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HOW WE SUPPORT TECH AND TECHNOLOGY

WE ARE a no-cost membership for TECH FIMRS AND TECHNOLOGY COMPANIES based in the West Midlands.
We connect you with the grantS, funded support and opportunities available from Universities, LEPs, catapults etc.

how we help TECHNOLOGY FIRMS… 

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grants and funding

Whether you are starting-up or scaling up, funding is vital.  There are plenty of grants, funded support and funding opportunities available.  We’ll help you to find them.

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new markets

Are you looking for new ideas, new markets and new opportunities?  We will help you to understand and exploit new technologies such as 5G as well as find new sectors and new opportunities.

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Cost control is vital for tech businesses.  We can help you to stay on top of them by making the most of what is available to you, minimising your expenditure and streamlining your business. 

benefits of TECHNOLOGY membership… 

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.

BENEFIT 4

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.

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You will get free access to our library of resources. Find videos, templates and reports that will help your business to achieve its targets- includes support with soft skills.

WORKING WITH GREAT UNIVERSITIES… 

THREE REASONS FOR TECH 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.

REASON 3
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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? 

We help our technology and tech firm members to achieve their goals by helping them find the finance, new markets and new clients they want.  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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Helping YOU to find grants and funding and develop new products and new markets.

TYPES OF TECHNOLOGY AND TECH MEMBERS

TECH AND IT
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Whether you are working on apps, software, hardware or IT networks, we can help you to achieve your goals.  We can help you find grants, funding and new markets.

COMMUNICATIONS TECHNOLOGY
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The telecomms sector offers a range of exciting opportunities including the roll-out of 5G, the Internet of Things and Li-Fi. Find out how your business can discover new opportunities.

ENERGY/ POWER TECHNOLOGY
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The West MIdlands’ industry strategy includes energy and energy systems. Find out how your company can benefit from the opportunities this strategy presents.

MANUFACTURING TECH
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The West Midlands is the home of manufacturing and the Manufacturing Technology Centre.  We are helping manufacturers to use technology to reduce costs and develop innovative products.

BIO-TECHNOLOGY
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Bio-technology embraces two of the technology themes for the West Midlands- bio-enegery and medical technology.  Find out how we can help you to access the grants and support available in these areas.

TRANSPORT TECHNOLOGY
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The West Midlands has a strong focus on transport including automotive, rail and aerospace.  There is massive investment being made in the region in rail and plenty of opportunities for new technologies.

TYPES OF TECHNOLOGY AND TECH MEMBERS

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 our technology members’ 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

JOIN by completing below:

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