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With a view to build organizational efficiencies for member SMEs, Bombay Chamber has undertaken a unique project from April 2014. It is supported by UKIERI (UK-India Education and Research Initiative). The project has UK Partner, namely Belfast Metropolitan College (Belfast Met). The initiative is supported by Northern Ireland Chamber of Commerce & Industry and Queens University, Belfast.

The main objectives are :
Suggest and demonstrate business processes for strengthening SME members

  • Exchange of ideas and best practices with UK organizations
  • Stimulate interaction between SMEs and Colleges of Further Education from UK and India
  • Facilitate business opportunities for both SMEs and Colleges of Further Education from UK and India.

Four sectors have been shortlisted for the project. They are: logistics, agribusiness, healthcare and textiles. The Chamber expects to involve at least 100 SMEs and 25 large companies in this project. The Chamber is approaching many regulatory and development organizations for their support.

SME Members of Bombay Chamber will be trained to implement appropriate processes to enhance their bottom line and ensure sustainability in their business. It would also enhance quality standards amongst the supply chain vendors.

The project will help improve large members’ interaction with their supply chain vendors and get better services from SMEs. Improvement of processes in supply chain will help the large vendors to manage their business in a socially responsible manner.

The salient features of the project are as follows:

Goal Approach Outcomes
Business Processes for SMEs
  • Focussed Group Discussions
  • Adaption of Business Excellence Models from Developed and Developing Markets
  • Training
  • Process Audits
  • Specialised Process Manual for
  • Sustainable Business
  • Industry Awareness
  • Improved Credibility in Supply Chain
Supply Chain Development and Marketing for SMEs
  • FGDs
  • Mentoring
  • Workshops
  • Improvement in turnover
  • Better market access
  • Better resource management
  • Higher stakeholder engagement

The project will have following positive externalities :

  • SME Delegations
  • Certification from Indian and UK agencies
  • A pool of Master Trainers for SME training in India
  • Internship and Employment Opportunities for UK students
  • Industry assignments for UK Colleges of Further Education
  • Workshops for Vocational and Management Institutes
  • Students Exchange

The various organisations are invited to support the project with their intellectual support, nominations for Focus Group Discussions and sponsorship help. The members may please

Funding Partner


Supporting Organisation

Lead Partner


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