Helping your business access supply chains

Do you want to sell more to larger customers? For businesses based in Tower Hamlets, Supply Ready provides practical, hands on support to help you:

  • Build on your existing skills and expertise
  • Ensure your business has the right systems and processes in place
  • Evaluate procurement opportunities and when to pitch
  • Increase your confidence when approaching pitches
  • Strengthen your chances of success

We’ll work with you to create a support package that fits your specific needs.

  • 1:1 hands on support

    Dedicated face-to-face sessions with a specialist procurement advisor.

  • Practical workshops

    Tailored workshops to learn new skills and meet other local businesses.

  • GetSet Answers

    24/7 access to online resources, templates and more to build your business.

Simply register your details to start benefiting from this fantastic support.

Eligibility criteria

Fully funded by Tower Hamlets Council, Supply Ready can support businesses that:

  • Are registered in the London borough of Tower Hamlets
  • Are classified as an SME (less than 250 employees)
  • Have ambitions to access a supply chain

Upcoming events

Join us at one of our upcoming events to find out more about the Supply Ready programme and the support available.

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Supply Ready support leads to profitable new contract with Marriott Hotels


Meet the team

Made up of finance, sales, business and procurement experts, the Supply Ready team is dedicated to offering their support and expertise to SMEs in the borough of Tower Hamlets, thanks to Tower Hamlets Council. Read about their expertise below, or contact us to find out more.

Tariq Mahmood,
Project Director

Tariq joined GetSet for Growth from the very successful GetSet East London project funded by J.P. Morgan, and now heads up the Tower Hamlets Supply and Retail Marketing Ready projects.

His intimate knowledge of the funding landscape and key investment priorities has been honed through a range of key development and advisory roles at the London Region Learning and Skills Council, The Consultancy Home Counties (TCHC) and a range of commercial training providers.

Tariq has an established reputation for his expertise and insight into the delivery of European Social Fund (ESF), Skills Funding Agency (SFA) and Big Lottery Fund contracts. He has supported companies in bidding for, securing and delivering such contracts, and indeed while at TCHC managed over £50 million worth of bids, with a success rate well above the industry standard.

Most recently, he has worked within a Birmingham based social enterprise in order to secure over £130,000 of new funding for helping young and adult residents of deprived wards into training and employment.

Tariq is responsible for driving Supply Ready’s partnership network and fostering collaboration between key local stakeholders, from local councils and LEPs to central government and other business support providers. He is committed to ensuring that our service aligns with each Borough’s key priorities and is tightly integrated with other business support providers in order to maximise opportunities for our clients.

Brian Abaidia,
Procurement Advisor

Having spent several years working within third sector organisations Brian has developed a sound knowledge for the sector and understands what funders and investors expect from SMEs. He has also worked directly with large developers on major regeneration projects helping to set up agreements for local businesses to supply their services which has provided him with a good understanding on what larger organisations want and expect from smaller suppliers. During this period, he developed good working knowledge on section 106 regulations and has supported SMEs to see new opportunities on the horizon and pitch their services to buyers.

Brian has also worked for start-up companies and understands some of the main challenges faced when trying to win new business. He has helped several enterprises increase their B2B sales as well as helping them approach local authorities by putting them in touch with key decision makers to pitch their services as well as tender for work and win new contracts.

Brian is a positive and pro-active character, passionate about enterprise and business growth, he has joined The Supply Ready Team to offer practical solutions and provide support to businesses in Tower Hamlets.

Momin Zaman,
Procurement Advisor

Momin joined the Supply Ready team after spending a number of years in the Recruitment industry. He worked for Reed as a Senior Executive Consultant involved in streamlining the recruitment processes with businesses and local authorities. This involved negotiating terms of business with businesses and local authorities ensuring that the proposals were cost effective and evidenced the companies unique selling points to the potential buyers.

He was involved in the tendering process for Reed regularly meeting with senior management members at various Local Authorities across the UK to see how recruitment can be made easy via cost effective Terms of Business/ Tenders being agreed.

He also has experience of running his very own recruitment business, involved in agreeing terms of business with a number of local authorities in London. Momin has a solid understanding of some of the barriers SME’s have when competing with larger organizations and how to overcome these barriers. He has experience of knowing how to make initial contact with key decision makers in the procurement process and the importance of evidenced based proposals and strong negotiation skills can play a key part in securing tenders.

Now as part of the Supply Ready Team, Momin is using his personal and professional experience to educate and train local businesses in how to overcome barriers to growth and helping them understand the tendering process.

Contact us

Want to get in touch with the Supply Ready team or find out more about our programme?

Contact us using the details below and our team will be in touch.

Address: c/o YTKO, 150 Minories, London, EC3N 1LS