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Programme to support regional supply chain officially launches

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A new three-year regional programme developed to enhance supply chains in the Leeds City Region launched at the 3M BIC on 5 December, with the aim to support 150 local businesses a year to improve their supply chain performance and break into new sectors.

The Leeds City Region Supply Chain Programme has been developed to help local small manufacturing companies improve their supply chain efficiency and productivity and is funded by The European Structural and Investment Funds (ESIF) and The European Regional Development Fund (ERDF)

The initiative offers companies consultancy and EU funded grants to implement action plans to improve their supply chains. Run by the University of Huddersfield, the programme will operate from the 3M BIC.

Head of the Programme, Steve Gregory, said: “We are excited to announce the launch of the LCR Supply Chain Programme. Our experienced business engagement team from the manufacturing and business support sector, combined with a strong academic knowledge, will provide an excellent support service to local companies. In these everchanging times this significant programme will be of great benefit to the growth of the Leeds City Region’s manufacturing sector.”

Andrew Wright, Chair of the LEP Business, Innovation and Growth (BIG) Panel, said: “This new programme is a perfect fit to meet the needs of the Leeds City Region manufacturing sector. Manufacturers benefit from being able to operate in multiple supply chains and this support will help the regions businesses to access new supply chains, accelerate growth and increase productivity.”

Businesses wanting to enquire about the Supply Chain programme can contact Steve Gregory at

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