WEConnect International is a corporate-led non-profit and their goal is to connect more majority women owned businesses (those that are at least 51% owned, managed and controlled by one or more women) into the corporate supply chain. Their corporate members represent $700 billion in annual purchasing power and are true pioneers in inclusive sourcing and global supplier development. More information can be found on their website: http://weconnectinternational.org/en/
WEConnect currently has the following business opportunities – if you are a majority owned women’s business that could provide either requirement, please get in touch with Maggie Berry, Executive Director for Europe – 07776 302 906 or mberry at weconnectinternational dot org.
Porterage Services: Due to various upcoming refurbishment projects, one of WEConnect International’s corporate members will shortly be conducting a tender exercise for porterage services and they’re looking for a supplier to carry out the physical internal and external staff moves for all their London projects (five locations across the city). The total anticipated external and internal staff moves in next 24 months is likely to be c18,000. If you know of a women owned businesses that can carry out this project, please ask them to get in touch with me asap as the tender documents are being issued on Friday 11th July.
Pharmaceutical Requirements: One of WEConnect International’s corporate members operating in the pharmaceutical industry requires a supplier who can undertake the labelling of sterile products, cartridges & vials. Another supplier is required who can provide an assembly unit for assembling plungers and rods for a sterile product. They currently use a Corima machine but they need to invest into new equipment and would be delighted if they can find a product supplied by a women owned business to consider in the tender process.
Recruitment firms with experience in the pharmaceutical sector: One of WEConnect International’s corporate members is currently reviewing their PSL (preferred supplier list) for permanent/contingency recruitment providers who can supply staff in the UK, the Netherlands and/or Germany. Agencies must have experience of supplying staff to the pharmaceutical sector – the kind of roles they will be recruiting for are administration, manufacturing, research, sales and marketing.
Engineering services firms: One of WEConnect International’s corporate members is currently looking to identify any majority owned women’s businesses with experience in the engineering services sector. They are looking for firms with architecture and design experience as well as construction management skills. At the moment they have a portfolio of small projects (up to $5m in value) that need managing – projects are varied and could include building and construction, electrical installations, build of clean rooms, machine placement.
Firms with products for a hotel chain: One of WEConnect International’s corporate members is currently on the lookout for any women owned businesses that have products that could be used in a hotel. This includes food and drink products as well things like linen, furniture, technology, gardens and more (unfortunately they are not looking at beauty/spa products). They are especially interested in hearing about innovative products (or potentially services) that may be used by hotel guests.
Training Services Aggregator: One of WEConnect International’s corporate members is conducting a strategic review of training services in the UK and they are looking for a company that can manage their training companies as an aggregator. They have a large number of small training providers (total scope and value to be defined) and they would like to speak to companies that could manage all their relationships on their behalf. Solutions should be more than just managing the financial aspects of the transactions – they would look to the supplier to give them options to be as efficient and effective as possible – e.g. having web based solutions such as a single portal that stakeholders could go to select training would be very helpful. Having European capability may also be an advantage as they may want to address this across the region. This project is likely to kick off in Q3/4 of 2014 so at present they are seeking information. All options are open but they know there are companies out there who perform this work and buying “off the shelf” is usually more cost effective than a bespoke solution but they are open to look at all options at the moment.
On June 20th, the ISBE Gender and Enterprise Network (GEN) Special Interest Group (SIG) held a well-attended workshop on gendering and extending entrepreneurship theory, sponsored by Society for the Advancement of Management Studies (SAMS) and Entrepreneurship Research Centre (ERC), and hosted by the Hunter Centre for Entrepreneurship at Strathclyde Business School.
Event summary and links to presentations are available here on the ISBE site.