Thousands of contractors expected at 'meet the buyer' event

Published:  28 May, 2015

Thousands of contractors from across the UK are expected to attend a free event at the Oval Cricket Ground in London next month to find out about millions of pounds worth of work opportunities.

More than 40 construction buyers have already signed up to attend, including contractors Kier Construction, VINCI Construction, Bouygues UK and Hill, as well as a range of public sector bodies such as the NHS London Procurement Partnership and the Cabinet Office.

Constructionline, a leading UK procurement and supply chain management service, will be hosting its free ‘Showcase Meet the Buyer’ event on 3 June, 2015 for consultants, contractors and suppliers to meet with buyers, helping them learn about winning a place on major work programmes.

Alongside meeting prospective buyers, there will also be an opportunity for contractors to attend a series of seminars on hot industry topics of conversation, including recent legislation changes.

The seminars will be given by influential sector and government keynote speakers, such as David Hancock, head of construction at the Cabinet Office, who will be giving an insight into the government’s construction strategy.

Constructionline’s 2014 ‘Showcase Meet the Buyer’ event at Wembley Stadium saw over 1,500 suppliers attend, with speakers including representatives from property and infrastructure group Lend Lease and Trading for Good, the not-for-profit organisation for small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs).

Rebecca Sperti, Constructionline sales director, said: “Our ‘Meet the Buyer’ events are designed to offer valuable introductions between contractors and some of the country’s major public and private sector organisations.

“After the success we had last year hosting our largest ever event, we wanted to again extend such a fantastic opportunity to contractors from around the UK. We encourage all those who are interested in attending to sign up and come along to find out how they can win work with the biggest names in the industry.”

Michael Thomlinson, head of strategic procurement & supply chain at Hill, the event’s headline sponsor, said: “Hill is proud to be supporting this valuable event; as a multi-award-winning house builder, the need to support and supplement our supply chain to ensure its long term sustainability has never been greater.

“At Hill we are positively supporting the PAS 91 standard as part of our prequalification supply chain strategy and Constructionline is key in supporting this, by simplifying the engagement process and providing Hill with a robust mechanism to engage with both our existing and new supply chain members in an equitable and efficient way.”