Attending the ‘Meet the Buyer’ event at the University of Wolverhampton, local businesses joined Wates to find out about opportunities to become involved in the pipeline of building work across the city.
The event saw Wates collaborate with the University of Wolverhampton, the Black Country Chamber of Commerce, City of Wolverhampton Council and the Black Country LEP to help support the long-term future of the city’s construction industry.
Designed to engage local suppliers, sub-contractors, SMEs and social enterprises (SE), the event gave businesses the chance to find out about how to work with Wates on a range of building contracts across Wolverhampton.
A number of trades were represented, including groundwork specialists, external envelope contractors, mechanical and electrical services and external landscaping businesses.
Those in attendance were also able to forge links with the Chamber of Commerce and LEP to find out about the support available to small businesses working in construction across the region.
As our presence in Wolverhampton grows, we intend to continue our collaboration with the University of Wolverhampton, City of Wolverhampton Council, the Black Country Chamber of Commerce and the LEP to support the city’s fantastic network of local suppliers and sub-contractors. This will in turn ensure that our work supports local economic growth and the creation of jobs and training opportunities.
Wolverhampton has a fantastic pipeline of building projects lined up for 2017 and beyond, and it has been great to meet with local businesses and lay the foundations for a collaborative approach that I hope will continue over the coming months.
Engaging social enterprises is also a significant part of our work with local businesses. Wates has made a group-wide commitment to spend £20m with the SE sector by 2020 and a big part of our work in Wolverhampton will therefore include the appointment of a range of SEs so that we can help these businesses support some of the most vulnerable members of society.”
John Carlin, Business Unit Director, Wates Construction Midlands