Supply Chain Resilience and Development Solutions (SCRDS)

Our Supply Chain Resilience and Development Solutions (SCRDS) support can help companies improve their supply chain resilience and competitiveness following the COVID-19 pandemic, EU Exit and current global environment.

SCRDS is open to manufacturers and internationally tradeable services businesses who manage a supply chain as part of their business, or who are involved in the extended supply chain.

The application window to apply for Supply Chain Development Solutions is currently closed. The next call for applications will open in November 2022.

What is available?

SCRDS will provide a 3-step graduated framework of support. A team of supply chain professionals will provide specialist advisory support to help businesses identify supply chain risks and appropriate mitigations, reduce costs, improve competitiveness, identify supply chain opportunities and develop supply chain capability.

As part of Step 3, financial assistance towards the salary costs of an employee dedicated to supply chain may also be available depending on a business’ circumstances.

Read the Supply Chain Resilience and Development Solutions - Guidance Notes (PDF) for full details on the support available under each step.

Eligibility

SCRDS support is open to any manufacturing or tradable service business which meets the following criteria:

  • Is based, and operating, in Northern Ireland.
  • Manufactures products or provides internationally traded services.
  • Has a total supply chain spend of at least £100,000 in the 2019/2020 or 2020/2021 financial year.
  • Experienced supply chain disruption as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, EU Exit and current global environment.
  • Has or will reach a turnover of £250,000 per annum in the next five years, and achieve at least 25% of those sales outside of Northern Ireland; or be an existing Invest NI customer.
  • Be able to complete a State Aid declaration in the event that financial support for a new key supply chain worker is determined.

Who cannot apply?

The following businesses are not eligible to apply:

  • Businesses already in receipt or intending to gain other government support for the project.
  • Businesses that do not provide commercial products and/or services.
  • Businesses with less than £100,000 total supply chain spend in the 2019/2020 or 2020/2021 financial year.
  • Businesses that cannot demonstrate they are a viable business.
  • Businesses involved in activities that Invest NI considers as ineligible or as involving an unacceptable reputational risk, such as gambling, adult entertainment, tobacco products and cannabis-based products which are not authorised as medicines.

Further information

The application window to apply for Supply Chain Resilience and Development Solutions is closed. 

For full details and information on the scheme please read the Supply Chain Resilience and Development Solutions - Guidance Notes (PDF)

If you have any enquiries about the Supply Chain Resilience and Development Solutions, complete the SCRDS online enquiry form.

For general enquiries, contact Invest NI’s Business Support Team on 0800 1814422. Lines are open Monday to Friday 9am to 4:30pm.