Helping local firms benefit from major development works
EFFORTS to ensure local businesses benefit from a multi-million-pound construction scheme saw more than 150 people heading to an event in North Ferriby.
The redevelopment of the former Riley College and Amy Johnson sites will result in more than 500 homes being built in west Hull.
Millions of pounds of work will be up for grabs through the scheme, which forms part of the Keepmoat Homes Build Programme.
In a bid to ensure local companies and labour is used where possible, a Meet The Contractor event took place this week at the Hallmark Hotel.
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The event attracted a range of attendees, from plumbers and electricians to cleaners and sealant manufacturers.
Dave Procter and Neil Hall, of Hull firm Vulcan Windows, were two of the attendees.
Mr Hall said: "We are keen to get more involved in local projects.
"We already have every- thing in place through employing local people, so it is pleasing to see companies wanting to work with local firms and people."
Mr Proctor said: "In the past, we have felt we have missed out on some opportunities due to not being fully aware of what has been happening locally.
"This event provided an ideal opportunity."
The event was organised by Keepmoat Homes in partnership with Construction Works and Hull City Council.
Speakers included Catherine Bishop, of Construction Works, David Carmichael, Richard Short and Kevin Brookes, of Keepmoat Homes, and Bryan Simpson, of Gleeson Homes.
As well as exploring the opportunities that will arise from the project, delegates were also guided on the processes involved in putting together a successful tender for the work.
Barry Thomas, of Ashridge Contractors in Hull, said: "It's great to see a significant amount of investment taking place in Hull.
"Through attending the event, we have been able to find out more as to the extent of the work happening.
"We look forward to being involved in the future regeneration."
Tender packages were made available electronically to all attendees.
Any businesses that would like copies but were unable to attend should email Rachael Fairburn at rachael.fairburn @constructionworks.org or call 01482 308728.
Alternatively, visit www. constructionworks.org for details.