The Supply Chain Transition Programme is a new initiative, being delivered on behalf of the West Midlands Combined Authority and Business Growth West Midlands.

Helping SMEs across the West Midlands diversify their customer base by winning new orders in growing areas of the economy.

With the support of OEMs and Key Customers in the sectors of Electric Light Vehicles and Very Light Rail, C&W Business Solutions, alongside partners, The West Midlands Growth Company and the Finditin Network, will help businesses to develop their understanding of these sectors, learn about current and future procurement requirements within the sector, and access opportunities to become a supplier of the future for light vehicle manufacturing.

The Programme

Support will be provided through a number of activities, across the fully-funded, one-year programme, including:

  • Early market education event to develop understanding of the technology and highlight current and future opportunities. 
  • Expert-led workshops, which will include intensive learning around sustainability, low-carbon technologies, sales & marketing, bid writing, accreditations & standards, change management, skills, training, and recruitment.
  • 1:1 mentoring from a Supply Chain Specialist Account Manager.
  • Meet the Buyer opportunities.
  • OEM/key customer site visits.

Upon conclusion of the Programme, businesses will have developed a Supply Chain roadmap, tailored to their business, to enable them to supply goods and services to these sectors.

Other sectors

The Supply Chain Transition Programme is also being delivered to support the Aerospace & Space sectors through the Midlands Aerospace Alliance, and Micromobility sector, through WMG, University of Warwick. 

Find out more

If you are an SME business based in the West Midlands who is already a supplier to these industries, or you would like to find out more about future opportunities to supply into these sectors, or if your business is an OEM or buyer operating in these sectors, please get in touch to find out more about the programme.

For more information about the programme and the support available, please send us an email or complete our online form.