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The benefits of supply chain mapping

The international business landscape is changing at an unprecedented pace. Take time to understand which parts of your business may be impacted.

Supply chain disruption

A trade deal between the EU and the UK has been agreed and there are key actions you can take now to ensure your business can adapt to the changing business environment. It's important to assess risks and opportunities, and to know your supply chain options. You may want to find different suppliers from Scotland, the UK, or the rest of the world.

Get support to deal with customs

Since 1 January 2021, it has been mandatory to make customs declarations when exporting and importing goods to and from the EU. You don’t have to deal with customs on your own. If your business doesn’t have the right resources to make customs declarations, you can:

Supply chain mapping - what is it and how can it help?

This is a straightforward exercise to help identify risk points in your supply chain. The map helps you see how complex it is and can be used as a starting point for discussions with your teams. They can look at the map and highlight any areas they see as having potential supply chain risks.  

It's essential to involve the right people in this activity. For example, you might want to include supply chain managers, buyers, warehouse staff, technical staff and finance staff.

Once you have assessed the risks, they should be prioritised and courses of action agreed upon.

To see an overview of businesses in Scotland, across various sectors, you can check the Scottish Industry Directories website. These lists are regularly updated. The service is run by Scottish Enterprise, in partnership with Highlands and Islands Enterprise and Scottish Development International.

If you need help with supply chain mapping advice, contact the Scottish Manufacturing Advisory Service (SMAS).

Finding alternative suppliers

Finding and engaging an alternate supplier can seem like a daunting, complicated task. However, when the task is split up into smaller 'bite-sized' activities, you can put them into a logical sequence. This is much easier to follow.

If you would like further guidance on how to find the right supplier for your business, please contact the Scottish Manufacturing Advisory Service (SMAS).

The following links can be used to help you identify and assess alternative suppliers: 

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