Supplier SpringboardDevelop and diversify your business's supply chain. Take action to meet your diverse spending targets and ESG goals, and use the power of your ‘everyday spend’ to have a social impact. Register Interest
What is Supplier Springboard?
BUD’s 12-month Supplier Springboard is a unique programme bringing corporates and Global Majority-led small/medium enterprises (SMEs) together for transformational leadership training, mentorship, and networking.
Develop an action plan.
You will develop your own practices to improve equity, diversity and inclusion, including the creation of organisational action plan. But you will also learn in partnership with Global Majority-led SMEs – by helping their growth, your training will have a significant social impact.
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Deepen your commitment to equity, diversity and inclusion.
A 12 month course, with a commitment of a day’s training a month in London, to create meaningful partnerships with Global Majority-led businesses. Including:
10 workshops that will help you improve your practices, enhance your supplier diversity and easily attain your ESG (Environment, Social and Governance) targets
Support to create an action plan for change within your organisation
Training to evolve and grow your inclusive leadership skills
Anti-racism training for your organisation
Connections with Global Majority-led SMEs who are supplier ready
An impact report quantifying the social value you have added through taking part in the programme
Offering hands-on mentoring to an SME Business Buddy
The opportunity to trial new ways of working with SMEs
Connect and learn with Global Majority business leaders.
Each Supplier Springboard Day kicks off with joint workshops in the morning session, uniting corporate and small/medium enterprise participants to network, exchange experiences, and co-learn. Topics covered include:
Experiences within corporate supply chains
Developing diverse supply chains
The intricacies of power dynamics in the workplace
Inclusive leader styles
Building resilience after setbacks
You will also be matched with a Global Majority-led SME as a Business Buddy. Here, you will provide hands-on support through Action Learning Sets that tackle specific workplace problems. There will also be a mentoring process to support the SME in improving their skills and knowledge to meet the corporate standard.
During the afternoon of a Supplier Springboard day, the corporate participants and SME leaders will have separate workshops to focus on their relevant development areas to diversify supply chains. For large organisations, this includes our SHIFT Model of Maturity, which explores how to optimise:
Testing of ideas
There is also an opportunity to visit your SME Business Buddy’s organisation, and vice versa.
What will you gain?
By committing to your business and the programme, you can expect:
New and improved relationships with Global Majority-led SMEs that are supplier-ready
Streamlined procurement processes through our SHIFT Model of Maturity
Greater social impact through sharing of resources that drive growth
Better understanding of the challenges that SMEs face in the supply chain
Deeper awareness of the link between Equity, Diversity and Inclusion and productivity
Improved leadership ability
Greater confidence to become a catalyst for change within your organisation
By learning with others, you’ll gain diverse insights to help grow your business and build powerful new connections.
You’ll be supported throughout by:
An initial introductory call
An induction for all participants
A reflective workbook to support your learning
A designated BUD Leaders staff member for additional support and coordination
Connection to BUD Leaders’ network for ongoing access to opportunities with Global Majority led SMEs
A final moving forward workshop
Secure your place today here.
Who is eligible?
Supplier Springboard is designed for large organisations – corporates with an income over £1.5m, trusts, foundations or government bodies – that aim to diversify their supply chain by working with small and medium-sized organisations (SMEs) that are Global Majority-led.
Pricing and enrolment
This is a specific programme tailored for organisations who want to engage more Global Majority SMEs. It offers excellent value for money for 12 months of tailored support.
The group size for each cohort is 20 small/medium businesses and 20 large organisations.
Programme fee per participant: £7,500 plus VAT.
All places are subject to terms and conditions which can be read here.
Contact us to secure your place.
If you wish to support SMEs on the programme through another method, such as sponsoring an SME participant or providing them with mentoring or consultancy support, please get in touch by contacting firstname.lastname@example.org.
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