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An online platform aimed at connecting UK manufacturers with the right suppliers is targeting further growth in 2022.

ConeX was launched by Cornish entrepreneur Sam Baynham in 2020, and enabled key manufacturing businesses to strengthen their supply chain during a difficult period.

Baynham said: “If the last few years have shown us anything, it’s just how powerful collaboration can be, and how resilient the UK manufacturing sector is. Yes, it has been challenging for manufacturers and service providers alike, however, those who have acted innovatively have remained competitive.

“ConeX and our members facilitate collaboration and help realise the strength and depth across the UK manufacturing space.”

There are said to be more than 280,000 businesses within the UK manufacturing sector, but no single directory listing them. ConeX aims to help businesses stay competitive and discover the local suppliers that they may not be aware of – ultimately accelerating the industry even further.

A key focus of the next phase of the platform is to deliver further on project management – actively facilitating introductions and consulting with businesses to ensure they have access to the skills and suppliers they need to complete their projects.

Gail Eastaugh, director of AeroSpace Cornwall, which has worked with ConeX to develop its digital hub through both business support and an R&D grant, said: “Cornwall has always been a stronghold for manufacturing and we are thrilled to support this unique product.

“As manufacturing and engineering in the UK progresses, connectivity and collaboration will be key to ensuring a strong supply chain and ConeX is an innovative solution for all associated businesses. We can’t wait to see where 2022 takes them.”

Currently the platform is operating a free trial for interested businesses to test its benefits. As it continues to grow its offering, during its second phase a membership fee will be charged.