Introduction

Delivered by the HVM Catapult and The Data City, the supply chain directory will be a free, regularly updated database that provides detailed information on all UK manufacturers across all industries. Using a combination of publicly accessible and user-provided data, the simple-to-use system will allow businesses to better target new suppliers and customers. It will also allow for more strategic development of the UK’s manufacturing community, with policymakers better able to identify clusters, gaps and cross-cutting expertise or capability in globally significant areas (e.g., net zero).

Unlike other such resources, this open access database is not limited to SIC codes and has expertly crafted sector groupings allowing you to find companies in key UK supply chains more readily.

What are we looking for?

We are currently in the early stages of developing the supply chain directory and we’re looking for testers within industry and government. This will be the first step in a process of continual improvement, helping us to tailor the service to you. You will be asked to feedback on the platform around usability, data quality and functionality.

Being a supply chain directory tester means that your views will have a real impact on an important national asset for supply chain development.

Who should register as a tester?

Whilst the supply chain directory will be open access after final launch, we are looking for specific users for the testing period. This is so we can get a realistic view of user needs and experiences within areas where this tool could help the most.

Please register to be a tester if you are:

  • A UK-based manufacturing company of any size, or in any part of the supply chain
  • An industry body with membership or interests in UK manufacturing or supply chain development
  • A government department or publicly funded body with responsibility for or interest in UK supply chains

Directory benefits

Find new suppliers or customers

Use the comprehensive data to discover new UK based supply chain partners for your business and bring your production to the UK.

Strengthen UK supply chains

Benchmark your supply chain against others in the sector and get insight into best practice.

Shape the UK’s manufacturing sector

Claim your data and contribute to the database to support national policy action.

Discover industrial clusters

Find the best place for your investment by locating the skills and capabilities needed for your supply chain.

Why should I get involved?

  • Why should manufacturing companies get involved in the directory?
    • Find new suppliers and customers to bring cost-effective production to the UK
    • Improve your supply chain resilience by identifying strengths, weaknesses and different supply routes
    • Identify alternative supply chains where your company could have an advantage
    • Discover capabilities across the UK to anchor your business
    • Promote your business to a global audience
  • Why should industry bodies get involved in the directory?
    • Identify the industry mix of areas around the country for your campaigns
    • Help your members and partners to anchor their production in the UK
    • Develop better reports and recommendations using up-to-date industrial data
    • Build stronger connections with other organisations for industrial coalition-building
  • Why should a public body get involved in the directory?
    • Map the UK manufacturing sector to understand policy impacts
    • Discover industry clusters that could benefit from further investment or co-ordination
    • Develop national initiatives for UK manufacturing, in areas such as workforce development and identifying collaborative R&D
    • Understand the currently existing supply journeys for critical UK products
    • Inform delivery mechanisms for both national and local policy objectives, such as net zero and regional development

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