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Supply Chain North East

Empowering North East businesses to diversify their offering, expand their customer base and unlock untapped opportunities in new markets.

Supply Chain Social - Jim Barr 

Meet the team in our new Supply Chain Social campaign. 

Tell me about your career to date.

I spent 27 years in the Microchip and Aerospace sectors, in a variety of high-profile engineering and operational roles, delivering on complex and high technology projects, such as Eurofighter Project, DRAM manufacture and the US Navy Helicopter Dynamic Helmet programme. I then moved into management consultancy, primarily delivering improvement projects into SME companies, firstly as an independent consultant for 2 years and then with the Manufacturing Advisory Service for 7 years and the last 5 years with RTC North.

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How can Supply Chain North East help my business branch out?

  • Tailored advice from proven market specialists | Gain priceless industry and sector-specific insights on both local and global supply chains
  • Sales and marketing support | Refine your marketing strategy and increase the value of your existing customers
  • Operational improvement plan assistance | Review your opportunities and construct an action plan to help you set improvement goals
  • Digital transformation expertise | Get to grips with the technology that can push your competitiveness, profitability and innovation
  • Accreditation and compliance training | Meet the standards required to enter new markets, access new supply chains and reach new customers
  • Talent development guidance | Discover how to nurture your top talent with our series of workshops and best practice field trips

Who Facilitates Supply Chain North East?

Supply Chain North East is delivered by a partnership RTC North, NEPIC, NEAA and Generator. Between 2018 and 2021, the programme will help more than 800 businesses in the following sectors to realise their potential:

  • Advanced Manufacturing
  • Subsea, Offshore and Energy Technologies
  • Automotive and Transport
  • Health and Life Sciences
  • Digital, Tech and Creative
  • Process, Chemical and Pharmaceutical