Help for businesses to benefit from construction boom
Published on Thursday, April 19, 2018
WITH almost 9,000 new construction jobs expected to be created in the East Midlands in the next four years, businesses in the city and county have been invited to find out how they can make the most of the major regeneration works taking place across the city.
Leicester City Council is today (April 19) hosting a Meet the Buyer event, which will bring together local businesses and the major buyers involved in construction in the city, ranging from those involved in design and procurement to those carrying out construction works on site.
Around 150 local businesses are taking part in the event at City Hall. It’s been organised by the Leicester and Leicestershire Enterprise Partnership (LLEP), Leicester City Council, Leicester College and the Construction Industry Training Board (CITB).
Meet the Buyer is showcasing the investment being made in Leicester by both the public and private sector, and giving businesses the chance to meet with key decision makers from different development companies and supporting organisations from across Leicestershire.
Major companies exhibiting at the event include Willmott Dixon, which this year will be providing around £200 million of construction and residential projects in the Midlands, including the £15m expansion of Fullhurst College for the city council.
Kier Construction, which will be working with the University of Leicester on developing £140m of new student accommodation in the city is also exhibiting; along with Morgan Sindall, the firm appointed to deliver a landmark £47m regeneration scheme off Leicester’s Vaughan Way.
Businesses will be able to find out more about the new Leicester Employment Hub, which aims to make it easier for businesses to employ apprentices and offer internships or work placements. And they can learn about the work going on in the city to develop local skills, and funding that could be available to deliver construction training and job opportunities.
The Growth Hub – LLEP Business Gateway is also at the event to introduce businesses to the huge range of help available to support growth aspirations, access finance and grants, and to develop effective strategies.
Leicester City Mayor Sir Peter Soulsby said: “Leicester is experiencing significant levels of growth and investment across many sectors, and we want to ensure that local businesses can benefit from this and secure more work on major developments across the city and county.
“This event is a fantastic opportunity for local companies to meet with major buyers involved in the many regeneration schemes under way here and to develop new links that could help to increase connectivity in this vital sector.”
Nick Pulley, Chair of the LLEP said “The main aim of the Leicester and Leicestershire Enterprise Partnership (LLEP) is to drive forward economic growth in our region. We have provided over £12.3m of Growing Places Fund and our Local Growth Fund is worth in excess of £126m to support a wide range of regeneration and infrastructure projects across the city and county, delivered by major contractors and local small businesses.
“The construction sector is very important for future growth and we are also able to support small businesses directly via our Growth Hub – LLEP Business Gateway. Businesses can get free help to grow, access finance or grants or simply develop a business strategy to improve skills, efficiency or processes.
“The LLEP is delighted to be part of the Meet the Buyer event and we are looking forward to meeting many local construction businesses who want to be part of the growth strategy and success story for Leicester and Leicestershire.”
Sarah Fenton, Partnerships Director at CITB, said: “The East Midlands has a pipeline of significant construction projects so the importance of getting the right skills in place is an ever growing concern. That’s why we are proud to be working with key local partners on this terrific event. This is a great opportunity for employers to meet with us to discuss how we can support their skills requirements.”
The Leicester Employment Hub is funded by Leicester City Council and the European Social Fund. Partners in delivering the service are Leicester City Connexions, Leicestershire Education Business Company, Voluntary Action Leicester, University of Leicester, North Warwickshire & Hinckley College, Stephenson College, Loughborough College, Leicester College and South Leicestershire College.
More information about the the Employment Hub is available at www.leicesteremploymenthub.co.uk