The importance of supply chain diversity – Special Report by Raconteur

General Motors works with more than 400 certified diverse suppliers and small businesses in North America; its supplier diversity programme dates back to 1968

General Motors works with more than 400 certified diverse suppliers and small businesses in North America; its supplier diversity programme dates back to 1968

UK businesses are missing a trick if they do not take advantage of the myriad rewards which come from committing to supply chain diversity

Diversity has become a business buzzword in recent times, with numerous C-suite executives viewing it as simply a tick-box exercise, alas. And yet a growing welter of evidence suggests the manifold advantages of utilising diverse supply chains – engaging suppliers from ethnic, racial and gender minorities – are too significant to be ignored.

In the UK there is much work to be done in this area, however, and in truth, when it comes to encouraging such a progressive approach, most of the world is some way behind pioneers in the United States. Indeed, the very idea of supplier diversity was triggered by the epochal American civil rights movement of the 1950s and 1960s.

It is little coincidence that on March 5, 1969, less than a year after the Civil Rights Act, popularly known as the Fair Housing Act, President Richard Nixon, who had taken office only six weeks earlier, signed the game-changing Executive Order 11458 that stipulated government agencies and their contractors should partner up with minority-owned companies.

It soon became apparent that to prevent fraud, rigorous third-party certification was required; hence the National Minority Supplier Development Council (NMSDC) was formed in 1971 to determine which organisations qualified for minority business enterprise (MBE) status.

In the susequent four-and-a-half decades, a cluster of other national units have been established in the US to foster growth for diverse business types and address the needs of various affinity groups, including women, lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender individuals, and those with disabilities.

And now, even though the NMSDC, which aims to “support and facilitate MBE integration into corporate and public sector supply chains” by matching in excess of 12,000 certified MBEs to its “vast network of corporate members who wish to purchase their products, services and solutions”, has the likes of Apple, Google, Amazon, Walmart and more than 300 more top corporate organisations on its books, there remains a frustratingly backward-looking attitude at boardroom level, according to Joset Wright-Lacy, president of the organisation.

Waitrose is one company that works with a range of smaller suppliers to offer local products that differ from region to region
Waitrose is one company that works with a range of smaller suppliers to offer local products that differ from region to region

Last autumn she wrote, in Supply Chain Quarterly, about her “deep sense of urgency” to combat corporations questioning the importance of MBEs to their commercial relationships and supply chains. Calling such an outdated perspective “shortsighted” she warned: “[This] thinking can lead to the placement of artificial barriers in front of MBEs and usually leads to excuses for dropping support for supply chain diversity when corporate budgets are cut.

“There is clear and strong evidence that working with minority-owned suppliers provides business benefits for both buyer and supplier. Moreover, these relationships have a beneficial impact not only on local communities, but also on the national economy.”

Ms Wright-Lacy, who has praised department store chain Macy’s, and aerospace and defence giants Lockheed Martin, pointed to an NMSDC study from 2014 that revealed MBEs in America generate “more than $1 billion in economic output every day” and $401 billion annually. Additionally, in that same year NMSDC-certified MBEs were “responsible for the maintenance or creation of more than 2.2 million jobs and generated more than $48 billion in tax revenue to local, state and federal governments”.

Furthermore, a 2015 report by leading enterprise benchmarking firm Hackett Group claimed “on average, supplier diversity programmes add $3.6 million to the bottom line for every $1 million in procurement operation costs” and added that the high return on investment was undeniable.

We are seeing businesses wake up to the commercial benefits that a diverse supply chain can bring

In the same year McKinsey & Company published Diversity Matters, which examined proprietary data sets for 366 public companies across a range of industries in the UK, US, Canada and Latin America. “Our research finds that companies in the top quartile for gender or racial and ethnic diversity are more likely to have financial returns above their national industry medians,” the study says. “Diversity is probably a competitive differentiator that shifts market share towards more diverse companies over time.”

Away from a boosted bottom line there are a multitude of other reasons to establish and nurture a diverse supply chain. In Hackett Group’s 2016 Supplier Diversity Performance Study, research director and co-author Laura Gibbons says that having a diverse supply chain can be much more than a reputation builder.

“Supplier diversity is evolving from a check-the-box corporate social responsibility (CSR) requirement to a strategic enabler providing access to innovative products and increased market share in new and developing communities,” she says. “Top-performing organisations are taking advantage of this opportunity, and applying the tenets of social diversity to new areas such as supplier partnering, reputation management and global expansion with exceptional results.”



Slowly but surely UK organisations are beginning to cotton on. “Diversity used to be viewed by many companies merely as a way of fulfilling their CSR obligations,” says Leon Smith, procurement and supply chain consulting leader at London-headquartered PwC, “but now we are seeing businesses wake up to the commercial benefits that a diverse supply chain can bring. These are increased innovation, more agility leading to greater speed to market and the revenue growth opportunities for expanding customer base.

“Companies can drive greater levels of entrepreneurialism, innovation, agility and flexibility, and commercial impact by tapping into the different perspectives that a diverse supply chain can bring. Also it can help businesses move closer to their local community and customers, and ultimately help them appeal to a more diverse customer base.”

Professor Alan Braithwaite, chairman of supply chain and logistics consultancy LCP Consulting, lauds UK organisations Co-op and Waitrose for their forward-thinking attitudes in this space, but posits: “Diverse supply chains are more prominent in the US than Europe as CSR is more highly developed.” But he warns: “As smaller diverse suppliers are not as advanced, there is a risk that they lack the ability to stretch themselves when responding to sudden events.”

Conversely, Cheltenham-based business consultant Marc Lawn notes that organisations using diverse supply chains will have resilience built in because they are not reliant on a sole source for goods. “Having geographically diverse suppliers means you can potentially offer a more local supply option or a quick turnaround when circumstances require,” he says.

The biggest benefits are the diverse views around how you can improve and also the potential for developing innovative solutions to any problems that occur

“Smaller and agiler suppliers can generally ‘top up’ when there are issues in localised production, and that is a big benefit when you don’t want to be tied to large minimum-order quantities. They are generally not as price competitive, but could often offer a more personalised or higher quality service; for example, they may make the delivery to your facility for you or offer rapid overnight delivery.

“The biggest benefits, though, are the diverse views around how you can improve and also the potential for developing innovative solutions to any problems that occur.”

The UK’s equivalent to America’s NMSDC is Minority Supplier Development UK (MSD UK), which was set up in 2006 to promote diversity and inclusion in the supply chain. “Minority-owned businesses in the UK face a number of challenges, such as access to capital and mainstream supply chain opportunity to scale up their businesses,” says MSD UK’s chief executive Mayank Shah.

“This greatly affects their long-term sustainability. Data gathered from the Global Entrepreneurship Monitor and other sources indicate that despite the higher level of minority-owned startups being established here, compared to the rest of the world, after three years those levels drop dramatically; the principal factor for this is a lack of capital and opportunities.”

Original article link (from Raconteur’s Special Report “Future-Proofing Procurement”)

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Octavian IT prioritise business email security and upgrade its Cyber security arsenal with MailProtect

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Last month, Octavian IT boosted its Cyber Security arsenal by upgrading their email security filtering service offering, MailProtect.

MailProtect blocks over 99.9% of spam, viruses, malware and other email threats. Octavian provide advanced email security for businesses without making it complicated. Unsolicited emails, phishing attempts, spoofing and illicit content are just some of the categories of unwanted email that MailProtect blocks.

Hundreds of advanced tests scan every email separating unwanted email and security threats from legitimate email. MailProtect keeps learning too, becoming more resilient over time, continuously improving its protection.

Dual anti-virus protection means its protection is twice as effective against the threat of viruses that are circulated via email. MailProtect has two on-board virus detection engines that constantly scan in bound mail for malware and viruses.

MailProtect is now a dedicated cloud service, so no onsite infrastructure or hardware is required.

This upgrade allows Octavian to provide extremely effective and tailored email filtering to their clients.

They chose to invest into this upgrade to ensure that their clients are as safe as possible and that they are able to tailor the service to exact requirements allowing them to work the security around critical business processes and not hinder a business and its employees from concentrating on their main roles.

With the new GDPR regulations coming into place next year, plus the fact that email is one of the major vulnerability points to a network, business email security needs to be a priority and Octavian are addressing this.

For more information about Octavian IT, please visit their website

Gibbs Hybrid collaborates with AdTube on video series 


Gibbs Hybrid is delighted to announce its collaboration with fellow MSDUK member, AdTube. The two organisations are working in collaboration to create a series of videos that will highlight Gibbs’ key services and solutions.

Furthermore, AdTube has agreed to film the company’s CSR activities including the Coffee4Craig Big Spartan Sleepout, taking place in Salford at the end of July, and The End of Summer Charity Ball that’s being held at Epsom racecourse at the end of September in aid of ZimKids (pictured above). These events will be condensed into four short films, showcasing Gibbs’ CSR activities for their chosen charities and will be featured on the company’s website and across all social media channels.

Farida Gibbs, CEO of Gibbs Hybrid  says of the partnership: “When we met Utam at an MSDUK Meet the Buyer event earlier this year, we were very taken with the caring and professional approach AdTube takes towards their clients and the creativity they showed. Utam and his team have proven themselves to be the ultimate professionals, thinking outside the box to come up with innovative new ways to show off our key services and solutions using video – allowing us to tell our story in a unique way. We are delighted with the results so far and the fact that we can deepen our relationship further through the CSR activity films”.

For more information about AdTube, please visit their website

For more information about Gibbs Hybrid, please visit their website

Eventologists joins MSDUK for Event Services to members

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Award winning Events Production Company Eventologists have recently become members of MSDUK delivering event theming, conference management, exhibition planning and build services to members. The company which was established in 2011 has developed a reputation of delivering newness and an edge to events it undertakes. Its reputation for delivering experiential and immersive events has led to many successes including an array of some of the most well-known brands such as Google, Facebook, Santander, Coca Cola, PWC amongst its customer base!

The company based in Oadby, Leicestershire has grown year on year, but their customer service philosophy of maintaining the personal touch and attention of a small company been the reason for their success according to Director Sit Chandarana. “Whether delivering a large event or a small scale meeting, we’ve always maintained the highest levels of service and attention – in this way some of our smallest customers have now become long standing customers.”

Sital explains the unique way of working.

“We have specialists across all platforms from conference management, exhibition management through to a massive creative department. Where we are different is that all the talent and products exists in house, so customers always receive value for money. Our creative minds explode when designing bespoke events ensuring any area to be transformed from a blank canvas to a mind-blowing creation. At Eventologists we consider and design all aspects of the space with only our agreed vision in mind. By incorporating the whole area into our creations, we are able to deliver inclusive experiences which will certainly leave a positive, and long lasting impression in your guests minds.”

An excellent way to create an immersive experience is to amaze and include your guests as they arrive. Before your event even starts, within the first few moments of people arriving, create theatre and incorporate a dramatic entrance piece or interactive features. We have multiple theatrical designs which can be used to set the ambience and atmosphere. It is imperative that everything is strategically placed with care. An illusion of depth and theatre is formed, ensuring drama at every point, creating that wow factor and fantastic experience everyone talks about and remembers.

Many of our clients want an experiential element as part of their conference or exhibition as whilst conventional shell scheme and small booths have their place, the element of surprise and excitement gives excellent opportunity of recall of products and services.”

Whatever the event, Eventologists have become integral partners to brands across the country and now to MSDUK members! Sital concludes “It’s the experiences and atmospheres that create and our seamless delivery that has brought us great success. We are delighted to become new members of MSDUK flying the flag of high of minority businesses.”

For more information about Eventologists , please visit their website


Why supplier diversity matters | By Farida Gibbs, CEO of Gibbs Hybrid

Many organisations are moving towards a more inclusive and therefore diverse supplier base, when it comes to procuring goods and services. This can only be a good thing – especially as it prompts the creation of a diverse supply chain that works to secure the inclusion of diverse groups in the procurement plans across all sectors. Emerging research shows that companies that include supplier diversity as part of their larger business plan tend to be more profitable than those that don’t.

According to a study in 2015 carried out by The Hackett Group, supplier diversity can add – on average – ‘$3.6 million to the bottom line for every $1 million in procurement operation costs’.

So how do you identify a diverse business? There are many different categories including Minority-Owned Business Enterprise (MBE), and Women’s Business Enterprise (WBE). In order for companies to be able to record diverse spend, it must ensure its partners are certified through the relevant third-party bodies. Here at Gibbs Hybrid, we are proud to be both WBE and EMB certified. Furthermore, we are the 6th largest global diversity firm.

We have found our certification invaluable and it has opened many doors for us with the very largest FTSE100 companies. Indeed, it is our mission to partner with and educate large corporate enterprises as to the benefits of working with a diverse business – after all, we want our customers to reflect the community, which is growing evermore diverse.

“In my experience, supplier diversity is of huge benefit to everyone.”

Frustratingly, many companies still see inclusion and diversity as some sort of ‘tick box’ exercise, which benefits certain groups but doesn’t have any impact on the bottom line. The fact is that a competitive advantage has been proven to exist, is leading to more and more companies including diversity as part of their strategy – those that overlook it are endangering their bottom line.

Naturally, diversity means that a whole host of new innovation, products, services and solutions can emerge, which provides a variety of channels from which goods and services can be procured. When it comes to the staffing industry, it means companies can attract and retain talent from across the board, providing a true reflection of the country and local communities.

“As small businesses grow, so will our economy.”

With that in mind, we are so proud of our initiative in collaboration with Barclays and Catch 22 to design and implement a solid apprenticeship that will help young people and veterans from all walks of life back into work.

In my experience, supplier diversity is of huge benefit to everyone. Speaking to many start-ups in my capacity as an ambassador for the ‘Women of the Future’ Programme and my position on the Advisory Board for Mosaic Network (Princes Trust) founded by HRH Prince of Wales, they mention encountering barriers that challenge their fledgling business. These barriers include access to capital and networking opportunities, which is why organisations like MSDUK are invaluable – that and more corporates getting on board and including diversity in the business strategies.

As small businesses grow, so will our economy. Because most diverse businesses are small businesses, they aid in the economic recovery and sustainability of their communities. Something we are constantly striving to improve and raise awareness of.

Farida Gibbs is the Key Note speaker at the MSDUK 2017 Business Show. You can register for the Show here and see who else will be speaking here.

About Farida Gibbs

Farida Gibbs is the CEO of Gibbs Hybrid.

For more information about Gibbs Hybrid, please visit their website

The Cheeky Panda on a roll after 12 month success streak with new toilet products

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In just under a year, award winning company The Cheeky Panda, who create sustainable, skin friendly tissue paper products from Bamboo, have made a mark on the world of sustainability.

The company, founded by Julie Chen and Chris Forbes, started off selling conventional toilet tissue back in August 2016.  Since then they have been nominated for 10 awards in less than 12 months for innovation and sustainability; taking on a lot of initial feedback from early adopters who desired the brand to create a range of products for both retail and B2B.

In March this year, The Cheeky Panda launched their professional range which included, 300 meter jumbo rolls, 150 meter mini jumbo rolls and Z Fold Handtowels.  The release was a  commercial success and are set to be utilised by some flagship financial services clients.

Just two months later, in May, they  launched the long box and cube box facial tissue; these products, with their distinctive white and green bamboo packaging,  have since made multiple appearances in meeting rooms across the country.

Looking forward, The Cheeky Panda are maintaining strong relationships with large corporations and are looking to supply their distinctive products internationally.

Awards wise, the company have been shortlisted for The Green Awards 2017 for Fast Track Company of the Year and the National Recycling Awards 2017 for Waste Prevention.

The company said:

“It a great honour and privilege to be recognised by these two most prestigious Green and Recycling Awards.  To be in the final alongside brands like Costa Coffee and Pod Point is a great achievement for our Bamboo Tissue business.  We save a tonne of carbon per 1,000 people per month, versus conventional tissue, the ultra-sustainability of bamboo and the luxury quality of our tissue has given us a massive adoption curve and we are still at the start of a very amazing journey. “

The new products, including the Cube Tissue and Long box Tissue, are now available on Amazon, Lyreco and CLF.

For more information about The Cheeky Panda, please visit their website

 MSDUK Innovation Challenge 2017: Providing Opportunity for BAME Businesses in the UK


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The 21st September 2017 will see the launch of the Innovation Challenge, a new initiative by MSDUK, the leading national supplier diversity non-profit organisation. This event is sponsored by Cummins and will take place the Edgbaston Cricket Ground in Birmingham.

The purpose of the Innovation Challenge is to provide young and established BAME entrepreneurs with a prospect to obtain funding and support by pitching an innovative product, solution or technology to corporate investors, venture capitalists and angel investors. Two winners will be awarded scholarships to attend one week residential Executive Programme at the Tuck Business School in the USA. These prizes are awarded by EY.

MSDUK is looking for applicants that have innovative product or solutions in a variety of sectors including:

  • Healthcare
  • Fintech
  • Real-Estate
  • Sustainability (Environment, Energy, Conservation)
  • Technology (Artificial Intelligence, Augmented/ Virtual Reality/ IOT, Cyber Security)

Denis Ford, International Sourcing Leader at Cummins Ltd commented: ‘Innovation is a key driver to any sustainable business and we at Cummins see the value that innovation and creative thinking can achieve against any identified problem areas.  The MSDUK Innovation Challenge will bring together some of the inspiring ideas from a great network of entrepreneurs that we already know can deliver and Cummins are proud to sponsor this inaugural event.’

The levels of entrepreneurship among the BAME community in the UK are increasing compared to the rest of the population and the number of ethnic minority start-ups is high compared to other groups.

According to a report by the Global Entrepreneurship Monitor (GEM) the Total Early Stage Entrepreneurial Activity (TEA), the rate that measures the proportion of working aged people involved in setting up or running a businesses which is less than three years old, for ethnic minorities this rate is 11.7% compared to people from other backgrounds measuring at 6.4%. However, despite these positive figures BAME businesses often struggle to attract investment, have the appropriate support they need to develop or access opportunities with large organisations.

Farida Gibbs, CEO of Gibbs Hybrid Workforce Solutions and Headline Sponsors for the Business Show commented: “While it is encouraging that higher numbers of the BAME community are realising their ambitions and starting up their own businesses, there is always more that can be done to help them and others who have not yet taken the plunge. Entrepreneurship, ambition and passion should not be limited by colour, race or religion, and businesses need to strive towards reflecting the diverse communities in which they exist. At Gibbs Hybrid Workforce Solutions, we successfully partner with our customers to help them reflect the wider community in their supply chain”.

BAME business in the UK are at the forefront of innovative technology, for them to be successful it is necessary that access to markets, investment and know-how becomes available and through Innovation Challenge programme MSDUK is aiming to achieve just that.

Further information and application forms can be downloaded from here.

Application closes on 14th July 2017.




Entrepreneur Syed Ahmed (best known for his appearance on The Apprentice), the founder and MD of the multi-award winning hand drying technology manufacturer, SAVORTEX, has teamed up with Intel to launch the adDryer, the world’s first smart and revenue share producing hand dryer for the corporate washroom sector. It follows successful trials at Heathrow Airport, RBS and the British Library, and the recent announcement of SAVORTEX as a Successful Innovator by the American Fortune 500 corporation Cummins, as part of its Environmental Gateway programme.

The adDryer is an IoT-enabled smart dryer which includes a digital screen that can deliver tailored, high-definition video messages to users, which can be used for internal marketing or as an additional revenue stream. By working with the building owner, SAVORTEX can create an audience value of the estate based on the users of the building, for example gender, age and occupation. The company’s media buyers can then use this information to set and agree a cost per view rate that will be paid to the building owner each time someone uses an adDryer and sees an advert, thus creating revenue.

Built on Intel technology, the adDryer also alerts cleaners to washroom needs based on actual footfall allowing companies to transform wasteful and costly commercial washrooms into connected, hygienic, and sustainable revenue-producing assets.

SAVORTEX’s range of energy saving and smart EcoCurve hand dryers has been designed to transform the washroom market by delivering unrivalled levels of sustainability, energy savings and operational resource savings from the analysis of meaningful data. Each of the dryers in the range shares the same features including:

  • A sleek sustainable design
  • A depth of just 134 mm
  • A patented energy recovery and curved air delivery technology which results in a 66% energy saving compared to any other dryer on the market and 97% savings when compared to using paper towels

Syed Ahmed, Managing Director at SAVORTEX said: “The aim of the EcoCurve range is to disrupt the washroom sector.  With a focus on smart connected devices, providing data and insights for operators, it is unique in the market. The adDryer allows companies to transform wasteful and costly commercial washrooms into connected, hygienic, and sustainable revenue-producing assets. This revolutionary product that will help businesses reduce costs and boost revenue.”

Rod O’Shea, EMEA IoT Group Director, at Intel UK, said: “This is Intel’s first foray into the hand drying sector. It is a great opportunity to demonstrate how with smart building management and connected devices, enterprises can use data to drive additional revenue streams while reducing operational costs and saving energy. We are proud to work with SAVORTEX, co-developing a product which we can bring to market to drive great customer experiences.”

Martin McCourt, former CEO at Dyson, said: “It is fantastic to see a British company leading the way in technological innovation. SAVORTEX is a forward thinking and dynamic company with a product range that will revolutionise the washroom sector. I was instantly impressed with the adDryer and look forward to seeing what they do next.”

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Vimto Out of Home Speeds Distribution, Billing and Stock Management with Portech’s Field Service Executive System

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Vimto Out of Home (OoH), the 40-year veteran drinks industry supplier has consolidated its distribution, scheduling, billing and stock management with Portech Systems’ Field Service Executive (FSE) workflow management system.

Following Vimto OoH’s acquisition of frozen drinks supplier The Noisy Drinks Co. in 2015 the company had been operating a combination of paper-based job management and a previous version of FSE developed for the frozen drinks market. Now, Portech’s new FSE serves all of Vimto OoH’s mobile field staff and provides a unified view of stock, work and assets across all parts of the business.

The new FSE system provides a centrally managed data collection point that communicates with Vimto OoH’s range of mobile computing devices and eliminates the need for drivers to make multiple return visits to a depot each day. The system also integrates with Vimto OoH’s Sage invoicing system and legacy IT systems, reducing the time taken to generate invoices and improving data quality.

Additional benefits for Vimto OoH include:

  • Ability to handle between 850-900 jobs per week
  • Accurate records of stock, assets and maintenance history
  • Diarising scheduled maintenance calls and ensuring that they are made
  • Improved visibility over mobile workforce
  • Maximised active time for field engineers
  • Better information available to field based team

Graham Hodges, Internal Operations Manager commented: “Portech is a great team. The support is perfect for our needs, very flexible and responsive. With remote access to servers and data, the Portech team can dial in very quickly and securely to help us service our customers.

“They really understand our business model and requirements. This knowledge has been built up over several years, and we trust them to deliver new features and functionality to improve our business processes with the bespoke system they have developed for us.”

The system has been rolled out onto Vimto OoH’s existing mobile and rugged handhelds. Portech advised Vimto OoH on hardware selection for temporary drivers and the FSE system also runs on the ruggedised ToughTab tablets procured for those drivers.

Shaz Naeem, Managing Director, Portech Systems, added: “We had been working with The Noisy Drinks Co. for over ten years and when the Vimto OoH team saw the effectiveness of FSE they recognised that it was the right workflow and stock management solution to help them grow the business further.

“Vimto OoH is just one of the companies that is benefitting from Portech’s expertise in transforming paper-based stock and work management systems with mobile technology that streamlines job management and eliminates the need to shut down operations for stock-taking.”

About Portech Systems Ltd

Portech Systems Ltd is at the forefront of mobile computer solutions.  Since 1992 its mission has been to provide complete mobile enterprise solutions for both large and small-to-medium sized businesses including PayPoint, Slush Puppie and Virgin Trains. The company designs, develops and supports cutting-edge wireless and mobile computer software solutions that enable its customers to improve productivity, lower costs and enhance customer service.


About Vimto OoH

With 40 years of experience in industry, Vimto Out of Home (OoH) offers a unique and refreshing range of dispense, frozen and packaged soft drinks, including the world’s biggest soft drinks brands – Coca Cola and Pepsi. Supporting the product range, its team delivers outstanding customer service; with same day technical support, preventative maintenance, and nationwide distribution.

Headquartered in Warrington, the company employs 65+ field engineers and its customers include pub chains, amusement arcades and cinemas across the UK.





Gibbs Hybrid Workforce Solutions announced as headline sponsor at MSDUK 2017 Business Show

Minority Supplier Development UK (MSDUK) is delighted to announce that Gibbs Hybrid Workforce Solutions will be this year’s headline sponsor of their signature business show, held at Edgbaston cricket Ground on 21st September 2017.

The Annual Business Show is the UK’s only expo that focuses on connecting some of the fastest growing and innovative ethnic minority-owned businesses with public and private sector procurement organisations.

Mayank Shah, CEO of MSDUK says: “Our Headline sponsors, Gibbs Hybrid Workforce Solutions, epitomise what it means to be a successful ethnic minority and woman owned business. Recording record growth for the sixth year running and smashing industry averages, Gibbs – an International provider of Hybrid Workforce Solutions – has made impressive inroads by offering access to and visibility of talented resources for leading FTSE100 companies and becoming a Tier 1 supplier thereof. We are delighted to have them as headline sponsors”.

CEO, Farida Gibbs says: “We are extremely proud to be headline sponsors of such an important event. I will be sharing my insights and expertise as well as the learnings I have picked up along the way on this tremendous journey. I believe it is essential that businesses – whatever their size – are given the opportunity to demonstrate their capabilities so that they in return support their communities. By partnering with corporate suppliers, we can work with them to do just that”.

The MSDUK 2017 Business Show will provide opportunity to ethnic minority businesses from across the UK to meet, network and present their products and services to over 100 buyers and category managers from top global corporate organisations including IBM, Bristol-Myers Squibb, EY, CBRE, MasterCard, Cummins, Accenture and others.

So, whether you are starting or growing business; launching a new product or bringing destructive technology to the market; want to meet potential investors or buyers for your products- MSDUK 2017 Business Show is the place you need to be.

Furthermore, if you are a buyer from a large private or public sector organisation that is committed to inclusion of diverse businesses that can bring innovation, competitiveness and flexibility in your sourcing operations, you need to be at the MSDUK 2017 Business Show.

Register for the Business Show here

For more information about MSDUK 2017 Business Show, please visit the official webpage