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28 DIVERSE SUPPLY CHAIN Supplier Diversity Europe 2nd Supplier Diversity Day Supplier Diversity Europe’s 2nd Supplier Diversity Day will take place on Wednesday 28th November 2007 at Canary Wharf in London. Attendance will be by invitation only. Members of Supplier Diversity Europe are currently identifying business sectors and sub-sectors within which they have trading opportunities. Diverse-owned businesses operating within these sectors will then be identified and invited to 2nd Supplier Diversity Day, and in particular to pre-scheduled one-to-one meetings with procurers from member corporations. Sectors that are likely to be included: l l l l l l l Temporary agency staff (not social care) Permanent recruitment (financial and professional services) Uniforms and workwear Facilities management (particularly architectural and project management services for corporate office refits) Office supplies Corporate gifts Catering & events services (including diverse-owned restaurants and hotels) Diverse-owned businesses interested in taking part in 2nd Supplier Diversity Day are cordially invited to complete and submit their profile for registration within this Database, as this will facilitate a ‘matching’ of SME businesses to corporate opportunities. Most members of Supplier Diversity Europe consider ‘diverse’ busineses to be those at least 51% owned by people from minority ethnic groups, women, people with a disability and/or people who are lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender (LGBT). Some, however, are seeking to meet potential suppliers from the wider small and medium sized enterprise community. Most corporations expect, as minimum, that suppliers are structured as limited companies, are VAT registered and can demonstrate that that they have the capacity and capability to deliver the contracts in question (e.g. via references and previous trading records). Any potential suppliers who could benefit from support in becoming ‘fit to supply’ in this way are (if they are based in London) encouraged to contact SME procurement support programme Supply London (www.supplylondon.com) for free guidance and assistance. To find out more about Supplier Diversity Europe, or to register your business, log on to www.supplierdiversityeurope.eu engage | uk ISSUE FOUR 2007