ACCESS Project

Accelerate Cross-sector Collaborative Ecosystems and Sustainable Supply-chains (ACCESS)

The ACCESS Project brings together leading regional industry associations from different sectors including West England Aerospace Forum (WEAF), North East Automotive Alliance (NEAA) and Rail Forum Midlands (RFM) to promote cross-sector collaboration and sustainable supply chains. The project will create a digital business networking platform developed by Valuechain to facilitate intercompany communication and collaboration.

This nine month project aims to promote cross-sector collaboration to minimise risks of supply chain impact from the pandemic by helping companies expand into new sectors; facilitate onshoring by simplifying the process to identify suppliers; and accelerate sustainable transport initiatives by encouraging open exchange of future technology, skills, capacity and innovation requirements.

The ACCESS project is funded by Innovate UK, who as part of UK Research and Innovation, is investing up to £191 million to fund single and collaborative research and development projects as part of the Sustainable Innovation Fund over the next two years. The aim of these competitions is to help all sectors of the UK rebuild after the effects of COVID-19.

The Sustainable Innovation Fund is funding 1,103 projects, 1,069 UK businesses and totalling over £130 million in support across the UK.

Collaboration is at the centre of this project, bringing together organisations from different regions and industries. And the steering group will be actively seeking collaborations with additional industry bodies to provide more companies across the UK with access to greater opportunities.

The project builds on Valuechain’s iQluster platform, which was recently used by the Made Smarter’s North West Pilot to map companies and their capabilities in the region. iQluster will be deployed to:

  • Automate B2B matchmaking using Artificial Intelligence (AI) to suggest new customers, suppliers or innovation partners based on interests and company profiles.
  • Provide a many-to-many tendering platform to optimise sourcing and supplier selection decisions.
  • Illuminate multi-tier supply-chain risk, with mitigation scenario planning and action management dashboards.

Integrate Fitfactory productivity appstore providing access to free smart manufacturing apps to incentivise and accelerate adoption.