MSDUK to host American trade delegation

MSDUK to host American trade delegation

Leading supplier diversity organisation, Minority Supplier Development UK (MSDUK), is to host an American trade delegation as part of a wider business mission to the UK to explore opportunities associated with the 2012 Olympic Games.

The US delegation is made up of corporate members and suppliers from the National Minority Supplier Development Council (NMSDC).

Led by the NMSDC’s President, Harriett R. Michel, the delegation will be in the UK for a week from Saturday 8th March and aims to assist NMSDC corporate members and ethnic minority owned businesses (EMBs) to familiarise themselves with procedures for bidding and winning contracts for the 2012 London Olympic Games.

Mission participants will attend in-depth market briefings by the US Commercial Service and other US Embassy officials as well as the Department of Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform and organisations engaged in the Olympic planning process. They will also meet with qualified local minority suppliers and contractors.

On Wednesday 12th March, delegates will attend MSDUK’s Business Opportunity Fair 2008 at the Emirates Stadium to take part in seminars, one-two-one meetings and networking receptions with MSDUK’s corporate members and suppliers.

Outlines Mayank Shah, director of MSDUK: “As NMSDC’s official partner in the UK, we’re delighted to welcome Harriett and her colleagues to the UK. There are obviously many opportunities for EMBs in the UK and the US to do business around the Olympic Games. Our Business Opportunity Fair will give further insight into this and other industry areas in which businesses from both countries can forge long-term partnerships to underpin their future commercial success.

“Many EMBs in the US have direct experience of working on projects for the 1996 Atlanta Olympics so it’s an ideal way for businesses to share best practice.”

Concludes Harriet R. Michel, president of NMSDC: “We hope this mission will connect EMBs in both countries to business opportunities available through corporate sponsors of the Games.

“The contract opportunities are not just for big companies. $12 billion of work is still up for grabs and 68 percent of the work already done has gone to small and medium size enterprises.”

The mission is co-sponsored by NMSDC corporate members Bank of America, Cisco Systems Inc., The Coca-Cola Company, GlaxoSmithKline, JPMorgan Chase Bank N.A., Johnson Controls Inc., Pfizer and United Parcel Service Inc.

For more information about joining MSDUK or the forthcoming Business Opportunity Fair 2008, contact Louise McHale on 0116 254 2500 or email: or visit the website at

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