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Eva Foran

Cumbria Chamber of Commerce has strengthened its management team with the appointment of Eva Foran as Supply Chain Development Manager.

Eva brings a wealth of experience from managing complex stakeholder relationships in the nuclear sector through to delivering community engagement projects for major infrastructure companies.

Her knowledge and understanding of how large companies and SMEs operate will be valuable in driving business growth in Cumbria’s supply chain.

She said: “I have experienced the challenges SMEs face and can often see huge opportunities that large companies offer.

“Often, for SMEs, there are barriers that prevent them from grabbing those opportunities.

“Whether that is the lack of the right accreditations or they need some training to upskill their team, our Supply Chain Gateway can help with that journey to business growth”.

This is Eva’s second spell with the Chamber.

Chief Executive Rob Johnston said: “Eva was very much part of our team during the development of the Supply Chain Gateway in 2016, and was heavily involved in the research we did to understand supply chains as they affect Cumbrian businesses.

“I’m delighted that she has come back at this vital stage as we apply that accumulated knowledge to help businesses maximise opportunities and win contracts.”

The Supply Chain Gateway helps SMEs understand what procurers in large organisations expect from suppliers and, crucially, how to meet their procurement criteria, enabling them to land lucrative contracts.

Often, for SMEs, there are barriers that prevent them from grabbing those opportunities.

It also helps large organisations recognise how SME suppliers can contribute to their success.

There is a range of sector and organisation specific information, online tools and resources, including online forums where businesses can swap tips and exchange experiences, a business directory, interactive tools and an events diary.

SMEs get access to professional advisers, sources of funding, networking opportunities, training courses and workshops.

We also offer a subsidy scheme, which can be used to help gain vital accreditations or access other consultancy. Much of this support is free of charge to the user.

A key strength is the role played by large procurers in Cumbria such as Innovia Films, BAE Systems, Pirelli, Booths, the Box Encapsulation Plant (BEP) project at Sellafield, and Morgan Sindall Construction & Infrastructure.

Modules explain in simple terms what businesses need to do to become suppliers to these organisations, including short video presentations from participating procurers, and there are lists of tender opportunities.

The Growth Hub also highlights and links people with other available support – such as through the Cumbria Manufacturing Service and Fit for Nuclear.

And businesses looking to tender for public sector contracts can take the first step by signing up for a webinar on Tuesday, November 21, from 7pm-8pm.

Kevin Thistlethwaite, Director of A7 Advisory Services, will share his 15 years of experience in successfully bidding for public sector contracts.

The session will reveal:

  • WHY you should be interested in writing bids
  • WHAT the barriers are and how you can overcome them
  • WHY it’s not a complex process WHEN you know what you’re doing
  • Top tips of winning work … and much more

This is the first in our new webinar series about growing your business, how to get your business supply chain ready in different business sectors and the business support available to you.

If you can’t make date, do still register for the session and we’ll send you the recording 24 hours after the live broadcast. Click here.

For more information about the Supply Chain Gateway and how you could benefit, please contact Eva on 07876 861 266 or email eva@cumbriachamber.co.uk.

ERDF logoOur supply chain work is funded by the European Regional Development Fund, Allerdale Borough Council/Sellafield’s Social Impact Investment Fund, Barrow Borough Council/Coastal Communities Fund, Carlisle City Council, Eden District Council, South Lakeland District Council, Cumbria Chamber of Commerce and Cumbria Local Enterprise Partnership. 

The Growth Hub is receiving up to £2,528,767 of funding from the England European Regional Development Fund as part of the European Structural and Investment Funds Growth Programme 2014-2020. The Department for Communities and Local Government is the Managing Authority for the England European Regional Development Fund.

© Cumbria Chamber of Commerce

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