New Supply Chain Appointment at Cumbria Chamber

08 Nov 2017

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

Eva brings with her 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 both large companies and SMEs operate will be valuable in driving business growth in Cumbria’s supply chain.

Eva added "I have worked with both large organisations and SMEs. 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, this is where the Supply Chain Gateway can help with that journey to business growth”.

Rob Johnston, Chief Executive of Cumbria Chamber of Commerce said "Eva was very much part of our team during the development of the Supply Chain Gateway in 2016. Through her research and development work, we had successfully piloted and launched the Gateway. I’m delighted that Eva has come back to the Chamber at this very exciting stage to be part of supporting the development of robust and sustainable supply chains in the county”.

Eva ForanSupply Chain Gateway

Eva said "Our role is to help businesses get more opportunities from supply chain activities, whatever sector they are in.”

SMEs in particular often struggle to gain entry to the supply chains of larger organisations, and as a result miss out on key opportunities to develop and grow. To help overcome the challenges the Growth Hub developed the Supply Chain Gateway.

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

It offers a growing range of sector and organisation specific information, online tools and resources to help Cumbrian businesses, mainly SMEs, develop their capabilities and engage more effectively in supply chains.

Resources include 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 each of the participating procurers. There are also 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.

Proof is in the Accolade

The results of its recent Merlin Standard accreditation put the Chamber at the forefront of delivering supply chain excellence
Suzanne Caldwell, Deputy Chief Executive of the Chamber of Commerce said "We scored a perfect 100% for supply chain design with assessors reporting absolute excellence in the way we put together our supply chains and design contract delivery.”

To contact the Supply Chain Gateway

For more information about the Supply Chain Gateway and how you could benefit, please contact Eva Foran, Supply Chain Development Manager on 07876 861 266 or email


Our 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.

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