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Local Businesses turn out in force for Meet the Buyer event

Local businesses turned out in force for the second ‘Meet the Buyer’ event for Swansea University’s new Science & Innovation Campus. 

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The event, held on the 18th April at the Liberty Stadium, Swansea, provided local companies with the opportunity to learn more about the supply opportunities associated with the £200million first phase of the project. It is being undertaken by Swansea University and its development partner, leading regeneration specialist, St Modwen, with their construction partner VINCI Construction UK, and Swansea University’s framework contractor, the Leadbitter Group. 

The event started with 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 available to businesses which consider 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 50one-to-one interviews with companies interested in delivering services for a number of work packages including joinery, dry lining, student accommodation and lifts.

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:" The Meet the Buyer events have been a resounding success as they have provided local companies with a great opportunity to become involved in this project. The new Science & Innovation Campus will have a real impact on the local and regional economy which emphasises the important role that this development will play as a key economic driver in the region.”

“Although this is a very large scale project, the contractors are committed to getting local companies involved and are willing to break down some of the larger work packages so that SMEs in the region can get involved, so we would encourage businesses of all sizes to register their interest in working on the development”

Michael Kavanagh, Senior Commercial Manager at Vinci, commented: “These events have been a great opportunity for us to meet local companies. They have also helped us become more aware of the range of high quality businesses within the region that are interested in working with us on this development. I would encourage as many businesses as possible to register on the Swansea Bay Partnership website to be notified of future ‘Meet the Buyer’ events and receive updates regarding the project.”

Matthew Jones, UK Sales Design Director for Baptt Shopfitters Ltd. added: “The event was well organised and gave a good overview of the opportunities associated with the new campus development. It provided a platform for effective networking and we gained some useful contacts.  It was great to meet the main contractors and we’re hoping that we will be given the opportunity to be involved in this very prestigious project.” 

The next Meet the Buyer event will take place at Liberty Stadium, Swansea in July and will focus on a number of trade areas such as Ceramic tiling, paving, aluminium windows and soft landscaping. 

There are opportunities to either attend a general briefing on the development, or to secure a one-to-one meeting, if a company is in one of the relevant trades.   For more information, or to register for the briefings visit: http://cmsstagingvm/edit63/www.swanseabaypartnership.com/en/science-and-innovation-campus

Plans are also being developed for a Meet the Buyer event focused on smaller companies, details of which will be published on the website once confirmed.