TV Dragon and Outsourcery CEO Linney pledges support for UK black and ethnic minority owned businesses

Dragons’ Den star and Co-CEO of leading cloud services provider Outsourcery, Piers Linney, is joining Minority Supplier Development UK (MSDUK) in a bid to raise the profile of black and ethnic minority entrepreneurs and drive greater business inclusivity.

Founded in 2006 and backed by global corporations, MSDUK is the premier membership organisation for fast growing SMEs with 51% or more black and ethnic minority ownership.

Outsourcery is the latest UK-based tech company to join MSDUK as a corporate partner.

Co-CEO Piers Linney, says: “I’m excited to be working with MSDUK to highlight the contribution black and ethnic minority enterprise makes to the UK economy and to demonstrate how business inclusivity can be used as an asset to strengthen competitive advantage.

“Outsourcery already has a comprehensive employment strategy in place that ensures we reach out to, and encourage, the best people to apply for jobs at the company, regardless of race, colour, religion, nationality or ethnicity.

“Our partnership with MSDUK will help us guarantee that our procurement processes are also open and flexible”.

Working with over 40 global companies that include the likes of IBM, Cummins and Cisco, MSDUK has brokered £40 million of transactions between ethnic minority businesses and corporate purchasing organisations in the last eight years.

Linney continues: “According to a white paper published by The Enterprise Research Centre in April last year, we know that pioneering ethnic minority businesses contribute between £25 billion and £32 billion to the UK economy and help regenerate declining sectors, towns and cities, which is why we look forward to diversifying our resourcing pool by tapping into MSDUK”.

Mayank Shah, CEO of MSDUK, stated: “We are delighted to welcome Piers and Outsourcery to MSDUK.

“As a corporate member, Outsourcery will be able to connect with over 3,000 black and ethnic minority owned enterprises working across a range of industry sectors, from within our extended network.

“Outsourcery will also be invited to participate in all the networking events we facilitate for members, including business opportunity fairs and ‘meet the buyer’ days”.

Linney, who was named in the top 100 most influential Black Britons on the Power List 2014 and who sits on the Cabinet Office SME panel, will join black and ethnic minority business owners and managers from Merck, AIG, Johnson Controls, Gibbs S3, KPMG, Barclays and GlaxoSmithKline, as a speaker at the MSDUK Conference and Awards in London on the 16th of October 2014.

Shah says: “Piers has kindly accepted our invitation to speak at this year’s conference Knowledge Forum, which will be facilitated by BBC Business Editor Kamal Ahmed.

“MSDUK members already admire Piers for his business acumen, but his readiness to embrace the organisation will also certainly be keenly felt”.




MSDUK supplier shortlisted by RBS in national search for new ‘green’ ideas


An MSDUK member with a new idea for saving energy has been shortlisted for the RBS Innovation Gateway.

Bri-Tek Technologies Ltd submitted its concept for a cost effective commercial dimming solution after RBS called on SMEs to come forward with eco-design ideas for the bank’s 2,500 UK buildings.

Bri-Tek Technologies Ltd is one of the first companies to make it onto the shortlist.

Mohamed Hanslod, CEO at Bri-Tek, said: “We are thrilled to have our concept for a new ‘plug and play dimming’ sensor shortlisted for The RBS Innovation Gateway.”

“Most commercial dimming systems are expensive and require a certified lighting consultant to commission the installation and to make setting adjustments after they go live. Our new sensor can be installed and adjusted without a costly programmer.”

“Our assembly time is also faster, and the new device is compatible with the low voltage constant current LED panels now fitted in most commercial buildings.”

Bri-Tek Techonologies Ltd, which is based in Bolton, was established by fellow director Sakil Kola in 2010. The company employs 13 full time staff, and has achieved exponential growth over the last two years.

Mohamed said: “Getting value for money is a growing area of importance for environmentally conscious clients with commercial and industrial design projects.”

“Our concept for a ‘plug and play dimming’ sensor was developed with ease of use and durability in mind, and it’s great to know that a panel of industry experts have put the idea forward for it to be potentially tested in 2,500 RBS buildings.”

The RBS Innovation Gateway, which is led by Marcela Navarro, Head of Customer Innovation at RBS, has three aims; to help RBS save more energy, water and waste, to nurture new, brilliant innovations and to help local inventors take their ideas to market.

Bri-Tek Techonologies Ltd was one of 140 companies from across the UK who submitted a design concept when the bank launched the project in March this year.

The ‘plug and play dimming’ sensor went before an independent panel of experts put together by RBS, including academics from Cambridge University and business leaders from major companies such as Carillion, who assessed each application and decided which ones had made it onto the shortlist.

Learn more about Bri-Tek Technologies Ltd by visiting the company’s stand at the #MSDUKConference business exhibition in London, on 16th October 2014.