16 January 2011 | Angeline Albert
An aerospace industry body in northwest England has hired a consultancy to help suppliers collaborate when bidding for large contracts.
As part of a programme to make vendors more competitive, the Northwest Aerospace Alliance (NWAA) has signed a £200,000 deal with shared services specialist The Advance Consultancy.
The consultancy will encourage suppliers to collaborate to win major contracts that require a range of capabilities not held by one firm alone. The 18-month deal will begin with initial research into the capabilities of aerospace companies in the region.
The agreement is part of the NWAA’s £7 million programme designed to build a competitive group of aerospace suppliers in the northwest by developing shared services, skills and innovation.
Gordon Owen, commodity groups manager for the NWAA, said the project was vital to establish greater integration across the northwest aerospace supply chain.
“The aerospace industry is constantly changing and through consultations with key aerospace stakeholders the northwest aerospace industry has recognised the need for a collaborative and integrated approach.
“We are confident that creating the extended enterprise model will provide the glue that binds collaboration between separate companies with common needs to successfully bid for larger work packages.”
The Aerospace Supply Chain Excellence 2 initiative, launched at the end of 2009, is delivered by the NWAA and funded by the Northwest Regional Development Agency and the European Regional Development Fund.