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JRM Group’s Sally Povolotsky next headline speaker for Silverstone Metrology NetworkJRM Group’s Sally Povolotsky next headline speaker for Silverstone Metrology Network

High-tech SMEs and start-up companies will again benefit from the Silverstone Metrology Network’s next event, on Thursday 21st September, when Sally Povolotsky, Commercial Director for Northants-based advanced engineering company JRM Group, offers them plenty of industry insight as guest speaker.

JRM, located in Daventry, has enjoyed major success in both national and international motorsport, but has also used its know-how to evolve as a much respected Tier 1 supplier to six automotive original engineering manufacturers (OEMs).

Sally joined JRM earlier this year from Jaguar Land Rover with a background in Special and Classic vehicles.

Sally comments: “I was at the most recent networking event when RML’s Commercial Director, Simon Holloway, was guest speaker and it was obvious just how much value these events can have for emerging tech companies.

“For obvious reasons, smaller companies have ambitions of getting on the supply chain and becoming Tier 1 suppliers to OEMs, but it can get complicated on the way.

“I hope my knowledge can help those present to look out for some of the obstacles to being a part of this supply chain, from the audit and approvals process, applying your skills sets to their needs and where issues can arise with long credit lead times and harder to manage situations, such as ‘mission creep’ – when an OEM might change their mind after project kick-off.

“Similarly, companies could enter into a ‘build and supply agreement’ with an OEM – where they create an entire product/car/part for an OEM, but never have their name attached to it. You have to really think about the secrecy and confidentiality involved – even right down to staff, social media and visitors.

“It’s about best practice and procedures which can make all the difference, as can having access to the right inspection and metrology machinery like that at Silverstone Park. This can give you the all-important ISO certification which most OEMs require their suppliers to hold.”

During her presentation, Sally will touch on the following topics:

  • Joining the supply chain/Becoming a Tier 1 supplier
  • ‘Mission creep’ – managing OEMs
  • Complexities of operating as a ‘white brand’ company
  • Importance of metrology and ISO

Places for the event, which runs from 5.30pm-7.30pm and takes place at Silverstone Park, are FREE, but booking is essential. For more details on the event or to book a place, please visit silverstone-park.com.


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