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Introducing the Supply Chain Directory with HVMC

With the introduction of our new Directory product, we’re proud to announce we’re working with the High Value Manufacturing Catapult (HVMC) to deliver a public database for Made Smarter Innovation | Digital Supply Chain Hub that tracks the full UK manufacturing supply chain harnessing our Real-Time Industrial Classifications (RTICs).

Building a free UK Supply Chain Directory

Our RTIC data has allowed our partners to gain a reliable view of the UK’s emerging economies, something we haven’t been able to do with traditional SIC codes alone. Generating over 350 RTICS in the past few years, our platform users and clients have been able to harness this data to map growing sectors and verticals, analyse geographic trends and use the insight to make informed decisions about our economy.

Working with some of the UK’s top institutions and governing bodies, we’ve been able to take this process one step further and allow our partners direct access to our data and technology.

In a project with HVMC and Digital Catapult, as part of the Made Smarter Innovation | Digital Supply Chain Hub, we’re proud to announce we’ve been working on a UK Supply Chain Directory that will be free for the public and manufacturing industry to use. This live database of companies and industries, tracks the full UK manufacturing supply chain using our combination of website crawling, machine learning and access to 3rd party data.

Directory benefits

Working closely with HVMC, we’ve been able to go beyond the limitations of SIC codes and build a full view of the manufacturing supply chain using our real-time classifications. Due to the outdated nature of SIC codes (last updated in 2007) and 30% of UK companies self-classifying as ‘other’, using just SIC data doesn’t give us a true view of today’s manufacturing industry. However, using RTICs, we can generate up-to-date and accurate industry classifications that capture emerging economies and map the true scale of companies in the manufacturing supply chain.

Building sector groupings powered by our RTICs, the result is an easy-to-use system that not only allows businesses to better target new suppliers and customers but also drives more strategic development in the UK’s manufacturing community.

What’s new?

As well as the usual features you might expect from The Data City platform, the UK Supply Chain Directory has also been designed and customised for public use, with bespoke branding and a host of new features. Including:

  • Claim a company – companies and businesses will be able to claim profiles within the UK Supply Chain Directory and edit specific data and fields within the platform, such as turnover, employee count or their description.
  • Company capabilities – additionally, for the first-time companies will also feature capabilities, keywords that showcase specific specialisms within the industry that will be searchable within the database
  • Admin portal – HVMC has a customised admin portal, that showcases relevant statistics, users and admin rights for approving company claim requests.

Become a tester

Whilst we are currently in the early stages of development with the directory, there’s certainly a lot for us to get excited about – with plenty of opportunities to expand and continually improve the directory alongside HVMC. Equally, as we count down to the launch, there’s an opportunity for you to get involved with the project and use the directory yourself.

The Made Smarter Innovation Digital Supply Chain Hub have put a call out for testers to use and feedback on the UK Supply Chain Directory to help us improve the platform and tailor the service to your needs.

Register to become a tester →

If you work in a UK-based manufacturing company, an industry body with interests in UK manufacturing industry, or a government department / publicly funded body with an interest in UK supply chains you can register as a tester today. Simply head to the website and sign up today.

Directory by The Data City

At The Data City, we’re always looking for new ways to deliver the best service for our incredible clients. From drastically increasing classification speeds in our platform to providing more expertise through our managed services, we’re proud to be able to offer more options for users to access our data and the insights they provide – and our newest service does just that.

Putting the power of The Data City in the hands of organisations and institutions, our Directory service allows you the chance to build, customize, publish, and ultimately use your own sector and/or geographic directories.

Working with our expert data scientists, product designers and analysts, you can now publish your own public facing version of The Data City platform, complete with a customisable dataset of searchable companies that you can brand up and host on your website.

Ideal for national sector organisations such as government funded institutions, trade associations and local authorities, our Directory product is now available to all.

What’s next?

We can’t wait to show more of our work with HVMC and the Made Smarter Innovation Digital Supply Chain Hub with you all as we get closer to the official launch towards the end of the year. If you want to learn more or even fancy signing up to be a tester, make sure you apply on the Digital Supply Chain Hub today.

In the meantime, if you want to find out more about the project or just want to talk to us about building your own directory, feel free to get in touch today.

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Andy Crowder

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