Local Businesses take advantage of gateway into £100m Procurement Opportunities

31/03/2010

More than 300 local SME’s from all over the Yorkshire and Humber recently took advantage of the chance to meet face to face with the main contractors on the £100m YORBuild Framework.
 
Construction Target organised a Meet the Buyer event in Leeds with the sole purpose of ensuring local SME’s gained access to procurement opportunities within the construction sector, in their region worth an estimated £100m over the next 4 years.

Construction Target is a business support initiative funded by Yorkshire Forward led by the regional Construction Sector Network.   The initiatives have been established to assist regional construction businesses win more contract opportunities in the current challenging economic climate.

Contractors such as Allenbuild, Caddick Construction, Hobson & Porter, Mansell Build, Rok, Wates Construction and Willmott Dixon, plus others who have recently been appointed on the YORbuild framework, were all present at the event and were keen to hear from local companies who could potentially form part of their future supply chain.

Scott Corey, Framework Manager of Wilmott Dixon said of the event 'it provided an excellent opportunity to meet and discuss the current issues facing existing and potential supply chain partners from within the Yorkshire region and beyond. It gave Willmott Dixon the opportunity to discuss our commitments to members using the YORbuild framework and how they could engage with ourselves and other framework partners. It also gave us the chance to explain the social and sustainable working commitments required by Willmott Dixon and YORbuild which allowed visitors to understand how they can play their part in raising the standards throughout the region for the life of framework'

Building and maintenance leader at Rok, Andrew Stubbs, said: “We are grateful to the organisers of this event for providing us with a great opportunity to meet local suppliers we will potentially be working with on contracts awarded to us under the YORbuild construction framework. Forms and emails are no substitute for meeting people face to face and these contracts are all about close working relationships and partnering so it was really useful to make connections so that when we start a new project with someone, the faces are already familiar.” 

Attendees were provided with first hand information:

  • About the YORbuild Framework and resulting supply chain opportunities for SMEs to win business from local authorities and the wider public sector across the region. 
  • First hand information directly from main contractors about how they manage their supply chain and how SMEs can get involved with current and future opportunities
  • How SMEs can benefit from Construction Target (with help to identify public sector opportunities and with assistance in improving skills).
  • During the course of the event a number of exclusive briefings were given by representatives from YORbuild, Construction Sector Network, Construction Target and Construction Skills.

For more information about how businesses can potentially become involved in the framework and how Construction Target can help please visit www. constructiontarget.co.uk where full details of the event are available to view.