New Science & Innovation Campus ‘Meet the Buyer’ event a success
Over 200 companies took part in the first ‘Meet the Buyer’ event for Swansea University’s new Science and Innovation Campus at Fabian Way.
The event, held on the 5th & 6th March at the Liberty Stadium, Swansea, provided local companies with the opportunity to learn more about the supply opportunities associated with the first phase of the £150 million project, being delivered by St.Modwen, the UK’s leading regeneration specialist and Swansea University, through VINCI Construction UK and the Leadbitter Group.
On both days there was a formal presentation that outlined the plans for the development and informed businesses on how they could take advantage of supply chain opportunities for the project. There was also an exhibition providing information on support to help businesses considering tendering helping them to be fully prepared for the procurement process.
Members of the VINCI Construction UK and the Leadbitter Group commercial teams held more than 120 one to one interviews with companies interested in delivering services for a number of work packages including ground works, site set-up, security and waste management.
Swansea Bay Partnership, Swansea Bay Futures and Welsh Government are working closely together to assist Swansea University and the contractors with local supply chain development through the construction phase and operation of the new campus.
John Flower, Director of Environment at Neath Port Talbot Council and Spokesperson for Swansea Bay Partnership, said: “We received an overwhelming response to this first “Meet the Buyer” event from local businesses looking to get involved in the development of the new Science and Innovation Campus. The project will have a major impact on the economy within Swansea Bay and the whole of south west Wales and it is vitally important that during construction we focus on delivering local jobs and training along with involving local companies in the procurement process wherever possible. I am sure that those who attended the event found it helpful and are now in a better position to take advantage of the opportunities that will arise from this project”.
Helen Montcelli of Janiserve Ltd. added: "This is the first Meet the Buyer I have attended and it gave me the opportunity to promote my business direct to both Vinci and Leadbitter. As a local business we are very interested in working on this project so found this event both interesting and useful ".
The next Meet the Buyer event will take place at Liberty Stadium, Swansea on 18th April and will focus on a number of trade areas, ranging from joinery and dry-lining to kitchen and bedroom furniture for student accommodation.
There are opportunities to either attend a general briefing on the development, or to secure a 1-2-1 meeting, if a company is in one of the relevant trades. For more information, register for the briefings, or to download an Application for Interview form visit http://www.swanseabaypartnership.com/en/science-and-innovation-campus.htm