Businesses from across Sefton invited to ‘meet the buyer’ event for more details on contracts available on new housebuilding project. Tony McDonough reports
InvestSefton is joining forces with Barnfield Construction to hold a ‘meet the buyer’ event to highlight contract opportunities for businesses on a new housebuilding project.
Taking place on Thursday, October 20, from 9.30am until 12 noon, the event will be held at Southport and Birkdale Sports Club in Birkdale in Trafalgar Road. It relates to a new housebuilding scheme in the borough.
Sefton Council’s Housing Development Company Sandway Homes has commissioned Barnfield Construction to work on three of its sites, where more than 140 homes are being built. The first two sites in Ainsdale and Crossens are nearing completion and the third site is in Netherton, and work is due to start in 2023.
As a result, Barnfield Construction is actively looking to expand its supply chain. It wants to work more closely with Sefton businesses and procure services including groundworks, bricklaying, roofing, joinery and plastering.
Cllr Trish Hardy, Sefton Council’s Cabinet Member for Communities and Housing, said: “When we set up Sandway Homes our main aim was to develop high-quality and affordable housing in Sefton. But we also wanted to generate opportunities for local people and businesses in the borough.”
The meet the buyer event programme includes sessions on:i
- Sites, works and timescales.
- How Barnfield chooses its suppliers.
- Pre-approval processes.
- A Q&A with Barnfield Construction and Sandway Homes.
- Guide to the free support available from InvestSefton and Sefton@Work, including tendering support and staff recruitment.
- Networking opportunity.
Cllr Marion Atkinson, Sefton Council’s Cabinet Member for Regeneration and Skills, added: “This provides a great opportunity for Sefton businesses, suppliers, smaller contractors, and sole traders to explore forthcoming contract opportunities and network with others within the sector.”