Local suppliers to Peugeot's Ryton plant - earmarked for closure next year - have been contacted by the body trying to lessen the impact of the expected 2,300 job losses, writes John Revill.
The Peugeot Partnership, which includes individuals from a host of organisations such as local councils, business groups, Advantage West Midlands and the Government Office for the West Midlands, meets for the second time tomorrow.
It has established four groups looking at various aspects of the planned closure which was announced in April by the French car giant.
Now it has compiled a complete list of Coventry and Warwickshire companies which trade with Ryton in order to help them cope with the aftermath.
Companies affected range from contract and service providers who are expected to lose £20,000 per year in business to large component firms who stand to take a hit of up to £1.5 million per year.
Howard Andersen, of the Chamber of Commerce, said all the firms had now been approached to establish how the closure would impact on their trading.
A final figure is expected to be calculated by the end of this month before the Partnership approaches the Government for help.
He said: "From a list of names supplied by Peugeot we have identified four companies in the sub region who supply direct to the production of cars at Ryton and another 27 firms who trade in other areas. They include service companies such as electrical contractors but also manufacturing firms who may supply tooling or equipment.
"It was difficult from the information we have received to tell how much these companies depend on Ryton so we contacted them all asking them to supply additional details which will help us assess the impact.
"Our advisers have made direct contact in order to determine the impact on each individual company and we have outlined the help we can offer them under existing programmes and also asking what other assistance they may need to help them overcome this blow.
The partnership, headed by Coventry, Solihull and Warwickshire Partnership chairman Brian Woods-Scawen, has not yet requested financial assistance from the Government, but the information received from suppliers could shape any request.
Dr Woods-Scawen said: "We want to make sure we know the exact need and we have been looking into the impact on employees, suppliers and communities.
"The Government is well aware of the work we are doing and the information we get back from these suppliers will be a key factor in how we move forward."
Meanwhile thousands of union activists are to picket Peugeot and Citroen dealerships across the UK this Saturday to protest against the planned Ryton closure.
The protest is the latest part of the ongoing boycott campaign launched by the Transport & General Workers' Union and Amicus.
Amicus general secretary, Derek Simpson, said: "This is a wake up call for the company - they are jeopardising their sales and their reputation by pushing ahead with their plans to close Ryton. Our campaign should serve as a warning to other companies. We will attack them in the same way if they decide to abandon their UK bases."