A Meet the Buyer event which attracted nearly 100 delegates wanting to learn more about winning construction work in Shropshire has been hailed a huge success.
The Shropshire Construction Summit event aimed to showcase opportunities to win work on multi-million pound building and development projects being delivered by Shropshire Council and Telford & Wrekin Council.
It also included support for SME businesses on procurement, and allowed delegates to learn more about how to register with local authority supplier frameworks ahead of a period of major housing and infrastructure work in both council areas.
Speakers at the event included Katherine Kynaston, Assistant Director, Business, Development & Employment at Telford & Wrekin Council; Ian Kilby, Planning Services Manager and Tim Smith, Head of Business Enterprise & Commercial Services, both at Shropshire Council.
SCE Chairman Gareth Emberton, of commercial landscape specialists Crown Group, said the event had been organised as part of a bid to boost the value of the construction sector in the region, as millions of pounds are ploughed into infrastructure projects and business park developments.
He said: “Both Shropshire Council and Telford & Wrekin Council spoke to businesses about opportunities for them to bid for contracts at this event which was a huge success.
“It was great to hear that Telford is the top town in the country for housing growth and that Shropshire Council has a renewed ambition to invest, develop and partner and has a number of investment sites in the pipeline.”
“We have a wealth of construction excellence, experience and talent in Shropshire, yet sometimes our own companies are not able to compete with those from outside of the area. This event included a chance for businesses to speak directly with buyers about the opportunities on offer and feedback from attendees shows this was a really valued part of the evening.”