Black Country and Birmingham SMEs have already secured multimillion-pound contracts on the flagship hospital development in Smethwick.
The business wins come as a result of efforts by Sandwell Council, Balfour Beatty and Sandwell Business Ambassadors to forge strong links between local suppliers, procurement teams and business experts such as Sandwell Council’s Business Growth Team.
Successful firms so far include Oldbury-based Compco Fire Systems, which has won contracts for fire protection, fire safety and engineering works for MMUH, and Black Country-based mechanical pipework specialists SW Turner and D Wilson in West Bromwich.
Birmingham-based scaffolding contractor Lyndon SGB has won work on the hospital site, as has family-owned F H Harvey & Sons, a specialist finishing, painting and decorating firm from Warwickshire.
Jon Kiteley, Balfour Beatty Area Director for North & Midlands, said: “As our construction works at the Midland Metropolitan University Hospital progress, we are committed to engaging with the local supply chain to tailor work packages and articulate the business-to-business opportunities which will support their local expertise.
“To support West Midlands suppliers, we are planning a range of supply chain engagement activities with our partners including webinars, virtual site tours, podcasts and facilitated supplier visits. We are working with Sandwell Business Ambassadors to host a ‘meet the buyers’ session taking place on Thursday 8 October as part of the Black Country Business Festival.”
Alan Taylor is chair of Sandwell Business Ambassadors. “One of our goals as Ambassadors is to see more money invested, retained and recycled in the West Midlands economy, for the good of people and communities as well as businesses,” he said.
“We’re delighted with this new inclusive supply chain approach to healthcare investment, because it opens up opportunities for local firms who operate further down the supply chain. The introductions and business-networking support that is offered to SMEs in the region is already proving successful.
“Well done to Balfour Beatty, all project stakeholders and Sandwell Council for this initiative. And congratulations of course to the firms that have already won work on the landmark hospital. We would love to hear more success stories and urge any interested businesses to attend the collaborative event – to be held online – in October”.
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