Success Story: The Sourcing Team and Enterprise Rent-A-Car

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The Sourcing Team, a WEConnect International certified women's business enterprise, was first introduced to Enterprise Rent-A-Car, a WEConnect International corporate member in 2014 at a WEConnect International event hosted by IBM, another WEConnect International corporate member.

They met Caroline Howarth and Janene Scurfield at Enterprise’s regional headquarters in Nottingham, which led to an opportunity to provide merchandise to the company’s recruitment team. At this point, they were introduced to Enterprise’s talent recruitment agency, Hodes. They met, presented and ultimately tendered for the business. After a little back and forth, they were selected as a second-tier supply partner. The overarching reason they were selected was for their proven expertise in bringing together a full merchandise range ensuring brand consistency along with collation and delivery to multiple European locations, in addition to being very competitive.

Ashley Hever, Talent Acquisition Director, Enterprise Rent-A-Car (UK & Ireland), said:

“The Sourcing Team offered a personal, tailored service that supported us in delivering a wide range of merchandise throughout Europe. Thank you.”

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They continued to build their relationship with Enterprise at WEConnect International events and also at Enterprise-hosted diversity and inclusion events. Enterprise works closely with WEConnect International as part of its commitment to maintaining a diverse supplier base.
They remained committed, patient, persistent and proactive, following the advice of other corporates. An opportunity to tender as a first-tier supply partner came in 2018 after engaging with Enterprise’s procurement, talent and events teams in the UK.

They were successful in winning the tender for the full range of student and event merchandise for 2018 Freshers Week including water bottles, energy drinks, note pads, post-it notes, index tabs, pens, tote bags, table cloths, pull-up banners and display stands. The full range was then distributed to multiple business units across the UK, Ireland, Germany, France and Spain.

Vanessa Moore, Head of Procurement and Supply Chain, Enterprise Rent-A-Car (UK and Ireland), said:

“Enterprise is committed to increasing opportunities for suppliers that are as diverse as the communities where we live, work and serve. We believe that supplier diversity helps drive innovation, deliver value and provide us with a competitive advantage.”

Gill Thorpe, CEO & Founder, The Sourcing Team added:

“WEConnect is about connecting people. To drive success, a corporation must engage with WBE’s and become a ‘match maker’ within their organisation. The Enterprise Rent-A-Car team do this amazingly well – thank you.”

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