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Partner with MSDUK and join the movement for diversity and inclusion today

We welcome approaches from education and enterprise development departments within academic institutions and charities that focus on providing support to ethnic minority business; as well as advocacy networks and community support groups that share the spirit of diversity and inclusion across the UK and beyond.

We’re on a mission to connect Ethnic Minority Businesses (EMBs) with MSDUK network. When you partner with MSDUK, we’ll work together to offer strategic internships, mentoring, cross-promotion and showcasing of each other’s work. Other opportunities may include collaboration on specific projects that aim to support ethnic minority businesses, co-creation and delivery of education programmes and joint events, research projects and speaking opportunities, as well as subsidised tickets to MSDUK flagship events.

MSDUK’s Integrated Ecosystem

The MSDUK’s integrated ecosystem helps ethnic minority businesses (EMBs) bring innovative ideas to market, develop business leaders of the future and achieve sustained growth access to corporate supply chains.

Innovation Hub

  • Develop ideas
  • Commercialise
  • Access to market
  • Scale-up

Knowledge Hub

  • Executive education
  • Consultancy
  • Knowledge transfer
  • Research and impact assessment

Procurement Hub

  • Creating contract opportunities
  • Connecting buyers and suppliers
  • Enabling business growth

HOW WE WORK

Helping EMBs access
corporate opportunities
and make connections
on a global platform.

Working with our Partners

The MSDUK ecosystem is a network of like-minded businesses and organisations committed to promoting diversity and inclusion in our economy. As a partner, you’ll have the opportunity to connect with high-growth EMBs, make valuable connections and demonstrate your unwavering commitment to social responsibility.

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Learning hours 

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Participants

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Corporate sponsorship provided

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Scholarships worth £99k

BMS has supported MSDUK for over a decade and without the support, guidance and connections MSDUK brings, our program would not be as successful as it is today.

Sara Ahmad

Global Advertising Procurement category manager, European Supplier Diversity Lead

Our partnership with MSDUK supports us to engage with the minority ethnic business community to promote diversity within our supply chain. MSDUK’s innovative approach to connecting businesses has provided us with a unique platform to share, collaborate, and adopt best practices alongside our industry peers.

Carman Ip

Herbert Smith Freehills, Procurement Operations Manager

We make it easy for leaders to kickstart their responsible business journeys. Our workshops, masterclasses, webinars and expert mentors will coach you to set up a responsible business programme and then help you take it to the next level. ​ We support SMEs to be a force for good. Through our online digital learning platform and other activities, we help you take your first steps towards making responsible business and reaching net zero a meaningful part of your work. Our foundations for responsible business programme will help you look at how your business can reduce your environmental impact, build a more diverse workforce, support your local community and look after your employees’ wellbeing – and we’ll help you put it all into a strategy that’ll help your business succeed. ​

Organisation Type 

Scale-up Ecosystem

Website 

Website https://theheartofthecity.com/

Address 

Guildhall, London, Greater London, United Kingdom, EC2V 7HH

Aston Centre for Growth has experience of working with over 1,000 SMEs to support their business growth through high profile education programmes, alongside investment ready pitching competitions, student and graduate focused start-up support and enterprise skills development. ERC, the national Enterprise Research Centre run jointly by Aston University and the University of Warwick, operates at Aston within the Centre for Growth. The Centre aims to transform the regional economy by working intensively with high-potential entrepreneurs and SMEs – strengthening leadership and management skills, boosting productivity, and promoting genuine inclusive growth.  

Organisation Type 

Knowledge Partner

Website 

https://www.aston.ac.uk/acg

Address 

Aston University, Birmingham, West Midlands, West Midlands, United Kingdom, B4 7ET

Our goal is crucial for to the health of the UK’s economy. The UK lags behind comparable nations in terms of productivity. But, by improving the performance of small business leaders, we improve the UK’s position overall, and everyone benefits. ​ We offer online support through our website, with business stories, action plans, and guides all freely available​ Our flagship programmes provide tailored, in-depth support for business leaders​ We publish research and studies from the frontline of small business, helping us to understand leaders and help them be more productive​ Our campaigns spread awareness of the productivity movement, demonstrating the benefits of moving forward, and tackling information gaps and fixed mindsets.

Organisation Type 

High Growth Ecosystem

Website 

https://www.bethebusiness.com

Address 

5th Floor, 26-28 Glasshouse Yard, London, Greater London, United Kingdom, EC1A 4JU

Black Business Network is the home of black business owners and start-up entrepreneurs, designed to strengthen business connections, financing and knowledge in our community. Through this network black business owners can learn and find support throughout the lifespan of their entrepreneurial journey. BBN prides themselves in collaborating with other Black organisations and the right corporate engagement, to bring about a collective spirit of change for black entrepreneurs. Providing access to business support resources, services, educational and networking events; while staying updated on the latest news and engagement in our business community.

Organisation Type 

Advocacy Network

Website 

https://www.blackbusinessnetwork.online/

Address 

18 Eversley House Mullins Place, London, Greater London, United Kingdom, SW4 8EU

Our vision is a world where ambitious leaders, creators and innovators have the tools to build the organisations of tomorrow.​This means that we work to remove the social and economic barriers to innovation, disrupting the status quo in everything we do.​ Our Mission ​To build opportunities in underserved communities that help tomorrow’s leaders shape the future. By connecting today’s leaders with mission-led organisations, we are transforming our society by making innovation open to anyone, anywhere.​ Our Aim​Access: We increase access to entrepreneurship and opportunities in the digital sector for future leaders​Acceleration: We increase opportunities for emerging leaders, including providing access to networks, high-impact learning opportunities and investment-readiness support​Advocacy: We act as a voice for underestimated leaders, creators and innovators in the UK and beyond​

Organisation Type 

Start-up Ecosystem

Website 

https://www.foundervine.com/

Address 

1 Waterhouse Square, London, Greater London, United Kingdom, EC1N 2ST

The Innovation Forum is an international grassroots network that supports scientific entrepreneurs aiming to build ambitious companies at the intersection of science, technology and health.​ Their IMAGINE IF! initiative is a leading pre-acceleration programme for early-stage science-based ventures providing start-ups with extensive opportunities to take their venture to the next level through structured interactions with key stakeholders, tailored expert mentoring and connections with other founders and companies.

Organisation Type 

Specialist Innovation

Website 

https://inno-forum.org

Address 

Future Business Centre, Cambridge, East England, Cambridgeshire, United Kingdom, CB4 2HY

Put simply, Speedel is on a mission to provide the finest same day courier and delivery solutions for our client base through high ethical standards, commitment to customer service, investment in innovation and technology and an unrelenting pursuit of excellence. We provide dedicated same day courier services to companies in a number of industry sectors to and from any UK location, 24/7 and 365. We also provide European and On Board Courier services for the safe and efficient delivery of high value consignments around the world. During these challenging times, we can offer advice for international shipping too, covering everything from regional legislation to customs paperwork. 

Organisation Type 

Logistics Partner

Website 

https://www.speedel.co.uk/

Address 

Digital Catapult is the UK authority on advanced digital technology. They bring out the best in business by accelerating new possibilities with advanced digital technologies.  Digital Catapult work with a range of organisations – including startups and scaleups, established businesses, investors, government and public sector, research and academia – to discover new ways of solving industry challenges, increase productivity and open up new markets. 

Organisation Type 

Community Partner

Website 

https://www.digicatapult.org.uk/

Address 

101 Euston Road, Euston Road, London, NW1 2RA

LCCI is London’s key hub for the business community. Accredited by the British Chambers of Commerce, LCCI supports its members’ businesses through a range of services, products, and events. LCCI are committed to creating business connections and opportunities, and advocate on behalf of London’s business community. 

Organisation Type 

Community Partner

Website 

https://www.londonchamber.co.uk/

Address 

33 Queen Street, London EC4R 1AP

Social Enterprise UK (SEUK) is the UK’s membership body for social enterprises. We lead the world’s largest network of businesses with a social purpose who together are helping to create a fairer economy and a more sustainable future for everyone. We exist to be a strong voice for social enterprise, to evidence the difference that social enterprises are making and to demonstrate solutions and influence decision-makers to create an environment in which social enterprise can thrive. We work with mainstream businesses and public sector institutions to help them bring social enterprises into their supply chains. 

Organisation Type 

Advocacy Network

Website 

https://www.socialenterprise.org.uk/

Address 

Laburnum House, 4 Roxburgh Road, Westgate On Sea, Kent, CT8 8RX

Veteran Owned UK was set up by a former British Army Royal Engineer to help support ex-military business owners. Veteran Owned UK have started the first and original Veteran Owned Business Directory for the UK. 

Organisation Type 

Advocacy Network

Website 

https://veteran-owned.uk/

Address 

6 Salem Road, Cwmafan, Port Talbot, SA12 9EW

Out Britain’s goal is to champion opportunity, development, and advocacy for LGBT+ and allied business community. They offer business support through networking opportunities and training. Additionally, Out Britain gives young professionals with an LGBT+ background access to mentoring, internships & career advice. They also raise awareness and promote diversity and inclusion which is why we decided to bring businesses and organisations from all backgrounds together in one organisation. 

Organisation Type 

Advocacy Network

Website 

https://outbritain.co.uk/

Address 

WEConnect International is a global network that connects women-owned businesses to qualified buyers around the world. WEConnect International helps drive money into the hands of women business owners by enabling them to compete in the global marketplace. 

Organisation Type 

Advocacy Network

Website 

https://weconnectinternational.org/

Address 

1100 H St, NW, Suite 530, Washington, DC 20005 USA

Chartered Institute of Procurement & Supply is a global membership organisation driving positive change across procurement. CIPS are the voice and standard, defining and amplifying best practice.  As the awarding body for the profession, CIPS leads in education and training. Helping professionals advance their ambition, CIPS provides insights, information, and tools. Enabling members to develop their own best practice, CIPS helps build capability within organisations and a community.  

Organisation Type 

Strategic Partner

Website 

https://www.cips.org/

Address 

Easton House, Church Street, Easton on the Hill, Stamford, Lincolnshire, PE9 3NZ

Supply Nation’s world-leading 5-step verification process provides peace of mind by ensuring that all businesses listed on Australia’s largest national directory of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander businesses, Indigenous Business Direct, are not only Indigenous owned but are also regularly audited for changes in company structure and ownership. In addition, Supply Nation receives daily updates from ASIC regarding any changes to business ownership which allows us to conduct real-time audits. This reinforces the integrity and accuracy of Indigenous businesses listed on Indigenous Business Direct. 

Organisation Type 

Strategic Partner

Website 

https://supplynation.org.au/

Address 

Suite 4, Level 8, 45 Clarence Street Sydney NSW 2000

The Canadian Aboriginal and Minority Supplier Council (CAMSC) facilitates the growth of Aboriginal and minority owned businesses, by connecting them to procurement opportunities with companies and governments committed to a diverse and inclusive supply chain.  Founded in 2004, CAMSC is a not-for-profit organization that certifies and prepares diverse suppliers to successfully engage and respond to corporate and government buyers. At the same time, we help large organizations develop and enhance their inclusive procurement processes and connect them to certified suppliers. 

Organisation Type 

Strategic Partner

Website 

https://camsc.ca/

Address 

282 Richmond Street East, Suite 101 Toronto, Ontario, Canada M5A 1P4

The SASDC aims to contribute to meaningful and sustainable economic transformation and inclusiveness, and to the leader and authority on strategies for supplier diversity. The primary goal of the SASDC is to promote supplier diversity by encouraging, supporting and assisting its member corporations to open up business opportunities and progressively increase the transaction with certified black-owned businesses. Participation by black-owned companies in South Africa`s corporate of supply chains remains alarmingly low. Our members sign a code of conduct committing to identify and provide access to procurement opportunities for black-owned suppliers. 

Organisation Type 

Strategic Partner

Website 

https://www.sasdc.org.za/

Address 

Ground Floor, Suite 10, @Kopano on Empire, 30 Wellington Road, Parktown 2193

Founded in 1972, the National Minority Supplier Development Council (NMSDC) is the longest-operating business growth engine for the broadest group of systematically excluded communities of colour (Asian-Indian, Asian-Pacific, Black, Hispanic, and Native American), and NMSDC impact goes far beyond supply chain. It’s about upward mobility for most Americans, an equal shot at participating in the American experiment of free-market capitalism and entrepreneurship. NMSDC work is about correcting the unequal access to wealth-building opportunities. 

Organisation Type 

Strategic Partner

Website 

https://nmsdc.org/

Address 

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