Success at meet the buyer event
Flintshire County Council’s Business team, Flintshire in Business and Wates Construction teamed up to host a major networking event for suppliers and subcontractors across Flintshire.
The event gave local businesses the opportunity to register an interest to become a supply chain partner for new developments across the county.
Businesses had the chance to meet major construction companies and partners working across Flintshire to find out more about building work taking place across the county as well as being able to register their interest in becoming a local supply chain partner for new developments.
During the event, businesses were offered support and guidance on how to tender for work packages with each contractor as well as finding out about apprenticeships and training as part of the work in the county. Mentors were on hand to discuss mental health awareness, drug addiction support and health, safety and wellbeing.
Flintshire County Council’s Strategic Housing and Regeneration Programme (SHARP) which will see the creation of 500 new homes across Flintshire has so far brought extensive opportunities for local supply chain partners, which has in-turn helped to generate on-site training and employment opportunities for local people.
Flintshire County Council’s Cabinet Member for Housing, Councillor Dave Hughes, said:
”SHARP is about much more than building quality council houses and affordable homes. It is also about creating jobs and boosting local businesses and Flintshire is keen to continue to generate employment opportunities through the use of local businesses.”
Victoria Hill, from the Royal Town Planning Institute who attended the event, said:
"I was delighted to have the opportunity to present at this important event. In meeting the Welsh Government's ambitions to deliver more affordable homes, it's so important to support the local supply chain, to capitalise on the local economic benefits and opportunities. Early engagement with planning and planners is key to us all realising the potential. Let's keep the conversation going!"
Paul Dodsworth, Managing Director, Wates Construction North, said:
“Working with local supply chain partners is an essential part of the work we do and Meet the Buyer events are a fantastic forum to ensure our work generates revenue for local businesses. This in turn ensures that we create a positive economic impact through our work in the county as well as generating even more opportunities for employment and training for local people.”
If you would like more details on the supply chain, please contact Kate Catherall: firstname.lastname@example.org or 07876576883.
Andrew Farrow, Flintshire's Chief Officer for Planning, Environment and
Economy with Victoria Hills, Chief Executive of RTPI and Andy Trowell,
Supply Chain Manager, Wates Construction North West