Helping SMME suppliers access markets

Our supplier development programme in South Africa is helping women- and black-owned small, micro and medium sized enterprises (SMMEs) gain access to markets and become part of the mainstream economy.

While many SMMEs have the technical capabilities necessary to tender for business with South Africa’s large private and state owned organisations, they often fall short of proving that they can meet the consistent and reliable quality standards that are expected of suppliers. Our programmes address this gap; boosting the skills, standards and confidence of SMMEs, which in turn helps drive economic and social transformation in South Africa.

 

“Turner & Townsend’s tenacity, insight and motivation helped us pass our external three-year re-certification audit and contributed to a culture of risk management within our organisation. This has added immense value to the business.”

Our ISO 9001 implementation programme helps SMMEs develop a world class quality management system. This includes establishing risk management capabilities, process management techniques and continuous improvement strategies.

  • 1,508 pro bono project hours in the last three years
  • 58 SMMEs supported

Mariam Diedericks, CEO of Coalition Cabling and Electric, commented on the long-term impact of the programme on her business: “It’s essential we comply with the updated ISO 9001:2015 standards. Turner & Townsend’s tenacity, insight and motivation helped us pass our external three-year re-certification audit and contributed to a culture of risk management within our organisation. This has added immense value to the business.”

Our programmes have received many plaudits, including recognition as a Conscious Company award finalist for our commitment to responsible business and our direct impact on SMMEs. We are determined to continue leading the way and share our learnings to help more SMMEs develop their skills and access to markets.