In support of the Government’s view that Small and Medium-sized Enterprises (SMEs) are a major cornerstone of the UK economy, as an SME ourselves our approach across the Valassis supply chain is based on enabling SMEs to compete on an equal footing for all services we contract. We make it easy for SMEs to interact with our company and we have an open approach to partnering. We are also committed to prompt payment through registration with the Prompt Payment Code.
Where we contract with larger companies it is important that we understand their approach to SME development and inclusion; this way we can promote a similar approach to engaging SMEs across our end-to-end supply chain.
We fully support the Government’s programmes to help smaller businesses and in particular the provisions of the “Small Business: GREAT Ambition programme”. We play our part both in supporting smaller businesses and in apprenticeship and work experience campaigns supporting the local economies wherever we operate.
As with all companies applying to supply to Valassis or as sub-contractors, SMEs must pass our supplier due diligence processes to confirm they meet our selection and evaluation criteria and the associated commercial and risk assessment requirements. Our main focus is to maintain a strong supply base of providers that are capable, compliant, ethical, environmentally-responsible and delivering the highest quality, competitive and cost-effective solutions.