The initiative, jointly funded by Lambeth and Wandsworth Councils, offers local businesses the chance to meet the major buyers involved in the regeneration of Nine Elms on South Bank, London’s biggest development programme.
The last round of the Supply Nine Elms on the South Bank programme saw local businesses secure new contracts worth a total of £1.2million.
Example tender opportunities through the programme will include:
Buyers taking part include Battersea Power Station Development Company, Barratt, Ballymore, St James, Carillion, Skanska and Laing O’Rourke.
Businesses taking part are matched to forthcoming contract opportunities and given a package of one-to-one training and support to help them develop the capabilities needed.
They are also offered support in preparing compliant and competitive tenders which can be a significant barrier to small firms securing new work.
The programme, which is completely free of charge and only available to businesses based in Wandsworth and Lambeth, also includes networking and ‘meet the buyer’ events, as well as business development workshops.
Beaver Pest Control is one local small business to benefit from last year’s programme having won multiple contracts.
David Lodge, a partner at the firm, said: “The support has exceeded all of my expectations. I cannot praise them highly enough.”
Cllr Jack Hopkins, Lambeth Cabinet Member for Jobs and Growth said:
“Lambeth Council is delighted to be able to offer a programme of support to local businesses, allowing them access the wealth of opportunities made available through the Nine Elms Vauxhall regeneration.
“We are committed to ensuring Lambeth businesses throughout the borough are supported to access the contracts available and I would urge Lambeth businesses to get involved”
For more information or to register for the programme please contact Melanie Davies, Supply Nine Elms on the South Bank Project Manager.