I recently went to an event sponsored by the WEConnect, which is the leading UK supplier diversity initiative spearheading the connection of women-owned business and multinational corporations, such as Accenture, Microsoft, Pfizer, and Hewlett Packard. It is the UK’s leading advocate of women-owned businesses as suppliers to global and national corporations and government bodies. WEConnect ensures majority-women-owned businesses (51%) are given fair and equal access to corporate and public sector procurement opportunities in the UK and that corporate and government bodies are able to benefit from the diversity, innovation and value – add that women-owned businesses bring. Read below to learn about my experience of WEConnect so far….
I joined in December as way of meeting procurement specialists for large organisations, most of whom will be purchasing coaching and development services on an ongoing basis, and making them aware of our services at Doyle Morris Coaching and Development. If anything, I want to work with companies that see the value of working with growing firms rather than just the usual suspects of larger suppliers who often have cornered the market as service providers. I was one of the original 10 women-owned businesses to join the scheme and the process of certification was stringent – lots of background and in-office checks to make sure I was the sole owner of the company and that we were growing at a good rate.