Corporate members flock to MSDUK

10 blue-chip companies have joined Minority Supplier Development (MSDUK) in the last five months bringing the organisation’s corporate membership to a total of 30.

MSDUK, a private sector-led organisation which links British and multinational corporations with ethnic minority-owned businesses across the UK, has recently welcomed Dell, GW Premier, Merrill Lynch, Computacenter, Accenture, Mastercard Worldwide, PriceWaterhouseCoopers, Motorola, Cummins, Jonson Controls and GlaxoSmithKline to its corporate family.

Explains Maggie Willis, director of general procurement for Dell Europe: “We look forward to working with MSDUK and its members to expand our network of diverse partners, reach new customers and support economic development in the UK.”

Shirley Cooper, Procurement and Supply Chain Director, Computacenter commented: “MSDUK is a pioneering and completely unique organisation dedicated to furthering the cause of ethnic minority businesses across the country.

“Supplier diversity is something Computacenter is completely committed to, exploring ways of furthering opportunities within the minority business sector. We look forward to working with MSDUK for years to come.”

Commenting on the decision to join MSDUK, Sarah Glasspool, Manager, Corporate Services, Mastercard International, said:
“Big businesses are becoming increasingly aware of the important and vital role that ethnic minority companies play in the supply chain, and a large part of that is down to the excellent work that MSDUK does. For that reason Mastercard is proud to call itself one of MSDUK’s corporate partners.”

Comments Mayank Shah, business development director for MSDUK: “This latest increase in corporate membership represents these firms’ commitment to supplier diversity within their supply chains and their support of MSDUK’s programmes and activities. It also reflects the fact that big business is becoming increasingly aware of the opportunities emerging from the ethnic minority businesses sector.

“What makes MSDUK unique is our corporate members’ proactive engagement in providing strategic leadership as well as their genuine commitment to engaging and ‘doing business’ with ethnic minority businesses.”

Concludes Mayank: “The future for MSDUK and its members looks very exciting. We’re growing at a phenomenal rate and delivering positive results for our corporate members and ethnic minority owned businesses alike. There’s never been a better time to get involved!”

For more information about joining MSDUK, contact Louise McHale on 0116 254 2500 or email: louise@msduk.org.uk or visit the website at www.msduk.org.uk

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