Over 130 delegates recently attended a major regional construction event that brought local businesses and major buyers together.
The Meet the Buyer event, held last week at Leicester City Council, the first of its kind in Leicestershire, was an opportunity for local suppliers to meet face to face with the supply chain managers of major companies across the construction sector.
Delegates from local construction firms were able to meet with key decision makers in the industry who exhibited work available as well as discuss their future growth plans with organisations offering support and advice.
The event coincided with the news that around 9,000 constructions jobs are expected to be created in the East Midlands by 2022 and many of the upcoming programmes across the city and county were on show at the event.
Emma Anderson, Director at Freeths and LLEP Board member opened proceedings by highlighting the support available to local construction companies through the Growth Hub – LLEP Business Gateway. The City Mayor, Sir Peter Soulsby followed by showcasing the benefits that major regeneration projects in Leicester will have on the wider economy.
Training and support for construction companies echoed throughout the morning, with Nathan Wilkins, Local Manager – Midlands, from the Construction Industry Training Board (CITB) and Leicester Colleges’ Tracey Kinsley, Vice Principal, both championing Apprenticeships and resources, funding and grants available for upskilling the workforce and recruitment in the construction sector.
Shaun Colley presented Wates’ portfolio of future projects that includes the £15 million+ Waterside Primary School and £20 million Loughborough University Science and Enterprise Park.
Kier Construction exhibited the development of University of Leicester’s new student accommodation, alongside Morgan Sindall’s regeneration scheme off Leicester’s Vaughan Way.