Bidfood launches programme to champion small business suppliers

As the industry continues to feel the impact of the cost of living crisis, Bidfood has announced it will be launching a brand new initiative – Open Doors Programme, this October

With inflation taking its toll on the industry, confidence from small business owners is wavering. Bidfood’s Open Doors Programme aims to help small suppliers overcome these obstacles by increasing their presence in the wholesale space and ultimately, their selling power.

Andrew Allen, SME expert and former supplier to Bidfood, will be working with Bidfood’s technical services, buying, procurement and marketing teams to create a range of activities designed to nurture, champion and accelerate emerging suppliers.

In addition to this, the Open Doors Programme will pose as a valuable asset for Bidfood customers, who will get access to the most exciting, future-facing products landing in the market. A key target that will support the wholesaler’s vision to be a positive force for change.

An Open Door Conference, taking place on 2 October, will mark the inception of the initiative, where small business suppliers will gain insight into the strategic aims of Bidfood, its customers and what it takes to build a winning proposition within the channel.

Andrew Selley, CEO of Bidcorp UK said: “The Open Doors Programme represents a significant cross-business commitment towards smaller suppliers.

“We understand the uniquely challenging environment smaller suppliers have faced in the last few years, whilst also recognising the important role they play in fostering diverse innovation within our industry. The Open Doors Programme is designed to provide true opportunities for these businesses, by identifying, nurturing and then accelerating them within our network.”

Andrew Allen Andrew Selley Bidcorp Bidfood suppliers