Virtual Business Opportunity Day

MSDUK is delighted to invite you to join our Virtual Business Opportunity Day, offering a dynamic virtual platform for all our Ethnic Minority Businesses and procurement professionals representing global brands to connect, share business intelligence, identify business opportunities and network.

This virtual event will be delivered on Zoom, bringing everyone on main stage for the welcome and panel sessions before everyone goes into break-out sessions for interactive round table discussion followed by one-to-one buyer-supplier meetings.

“The business opportunity days were very successful for me and gave me a return on time invested (ROTI). I had a 1 to 1 with Eton and EY, both Companies gave me the opportunity to pitch my business, and shared with me their road map on increasing their minority suppliers representation.” Yemi Jackson, Engage Transform


9.15 – 9.30 – REGISTRATION
Log in to ZOOM for registration.

9.30 – 9.45 – WELCOME
Opening address by Mayank Shah, Founder & CEO, MSDUK


COVID-19 has impacted businesses, small and large, very badly. However, this has also given opportunity to entrepreneurs to rethink, revive and reset their business to succeed in the future. Our panel of entrepreneurial business owners talk to David Ward, Principal at Vantage Partners, sharing their journey through these turbulent times and how they are pivoting their business for the future.


Alan King
Managing Director,
Syntegra Group


Sabrina Clarke-Okwubanego
Founder and CEO,
Build Global


Yemi Jackson
CEO, Founder and
Talent Hunter,
Engage Transform


Sid Narang
CEO and Founder,


Dr Bharat Bhardwaj

11.00 – 11.45 – BREAKOUT SESSIONS

Multiple breakout rooms will run concurrently and will include:
• Procurement roundtable session by some of our corporate partners
• Business learning seminars delivered by experts
These virtual breakout sessions will allow you options to ask questions to the speakers as well as live discussion through video. You can chose to attend one of these sessions at the time of registration.


Session 1: Delivered by Gibbs Hybrid

Sourcing challenges faced by SMEs and Entrepreneurs:

  • Do enterprise procurement processes favour large well established suppliers?
  • Does corporate buying stifle entrepreneurs and innovation?
  • Can SMEs and Entrepreneurs do more to be successful in dealing with these challenges?

Session 2: Delivered by Barclays

What to expect when engaging with a large financial institution

Session 3: Delivered by IBM

‘My Experience of how Diversity Suppliers have reinvented themselves and diversified during the Covid 19 Pandemic’

Session 4: Delivered by Accenture

Responsible Buying and ESG considerations

Session 5: Delivered by Intel

Where are the next business opportunities going to come for diverse businesses?

Session 6: Delivered by Sodexo

What we are looking for in a supplier and what to expect when working with Sodexo?

Session 7: Delivered by EY

What to expect when working with EY

Session 8: General Networking

12.00 – 13.30 – MEET THE BUYER

The highlight of this day will be one-to-one video meetings between buyers and suppliers. Each of these pre-arranged meetings between Corporate Buyers and Ethnic Minority Businesses will last for 15 minutes per session. Each participant will be given their individual meeting schedule before the event and at the allocated time will be drawn into a virtual meeting room where they can meet through video link. Suppliers will be able to share their computer screen to give a brief presentation about their business and discuss business opportunities with the buyer. Corporate buyers will be pre-selecting suppliers they would like to meet on the day.

13.30 – 13.45 – SCREEN BREAK

Please remain login, turn off your sound and camera and have a break. Please remember to come back at 13.50 for the second-half.


Return to the main stage

14.00 – 15.00 – LEADERSHIP PANEL

Our panel of senior procurement leaders discusses Supplier Diversity post COVID-19 – in what ways will it be relevant and continue to be a critical part of corporate strategy? What are the lessons learned during the COVID-19 pandemic that will ensure that diversity continues to be a key strategy for organisations? Will supply chain dynamics change to reflect the importance of more localised, flexible and diverse supply chain?

Helena Hutton
Director, Global Diversity Procurement,
Cummins Inc.

Paul. E. Harvey
Head of Global Procurement Operations & Infrastructure, Marsh & McLennan Companies

Nandini Basuthakur
Procurement Leaders

Theresa Harrison
Director, Inclusive & Sustainable Procurement,

David Ward
Vantage Partners

15.15 – 16.15 – MEET THE BUYER ROUND 2

Continuing our pre-arranged meetings between Corporate Buyers and Ethnic Minority Businesses lasting for 15 minutes per session.

16.15 – 16.30 – CLOSING REMARKS

Mayank Shah & Barbara Armstrong.

“Once again, MSDUK has overcome the issues caused by this pandemic, firstly with the COVID-19 Marketplace, and now a virtual business opportunity day. It’s also been our pleasure to help create these solutions.” Nish Wickramasinghe, Curious Agency


MSDUK Corporate members will be represented at this virtual event by category managers who will be pre-selecting suppliers who they want to meet through video link. Attending suppliers will be given their meeting schedules in advance and at the assigned time, buyer and supplier will be paired to go into a virtual meeting room for a one-to-one video call. Suppliers will have opportunity to do a short presentation about their business and use the time for discussing business opportunities. MSDUK will be offering detail technical briefing.


Step 1: Click on the “Register Here” button which will take you to the Zoom registration page

Step 2: Complete the registration form by Wednesday 17th June 2020

Step 3: Look out for the automated email from Zoom with your unique link to join the event. Please make sure you add this in your calendar, as you will need this to join the event on the day.