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Contractor Engagement Event Provides Platform For Oldham Small Businesses To Onboard With Major Contractors

Procure Partnerships collaborated with their Northwest Contractors to deliver an Oldham specific event in June.

More than 135 Oldham Businesses registered to meet major contractors working on regeneration and development projects across the borough to explore how they can secure work on the schemes.

SMEs, sole traders and sub-contractors from a wide range of trades and services went along to the event organised by Procure Partnerships Framework in collaboration with Oldham Council.
They were able to meet over 20 Tier One Contractors in person, take part in an interactive ‘Onboarding’ Workshop, as well as speak directly with Social Value experts about how to incorporate and capture the amazing work that a lot of Micro/SME’s are already doing.

Contractors included Kier, who are delivering an extension to North Chadderton School; Vinci Construction UK and Sir Robert McAlpine, who are delivering a £28m expansion of the Royal Oldham Hospital.

Leader of Oldham Council, Amanda Chadderton, said: “Regenerating and developing Oldham isn’t just about providing new buildings – it’s about creating opportunities for local businesses, jobs and the wider community.This event has brought people together, helped them understand how they can benefit and secure work on these schemes and highlighted what brilliant businesses and talented people we have right here in Oldham.

Thanks to Procure Partnerships Framework for organising it and we look forward to hosting more events as projects and regeneration schemes progress.”

Lizz Lee, Social Value Manager, Procure Partnerships Framework, said: “We had a really positive response and are proud to have helped businesses get vital introductions to some great work opportunities. The event was also a chance to highlight the nature and importance of delivering social value through construction and infrastructure contracts. We had some fantastic local charities and third-sector organisations there on the day who we hope will also benefit as a result.”

The event itself generated a Social Value Add of £2,976.06 calculated utilising the Procure Partnerships portal; Compliance Chain, in line with the National Toms.

Compliance Chain allows suppliers to register and demonstrate the minimum requirements under PAS91 to deliver Public Sector works. Allowing capture and measurement of social value outputs to aid suppliers in their future bids and share reports on what has been achieved. Find out more HERE

Social Value was considered throughout the planning for this event including venue and catering from Social Enterprise; Mahdlo Youth Zone; based in Oldham.

New start-up photographer; Marie Whitehead Photography identified via the ‘Get Oldham Working’ Initiative was appointed for the day to showcase her skills at the event.

Printing of signage and posters were supplied by local printers; Sign-UK, who had initially registered to attend the event as an SME.

Delegates attending the event gave great feedback, Carla Lamb Director 18Rec advised: “I have been to many similar events over the years, but this was hands down the best! Very well organised with some great people! Thank you to you and all at Procure Partnerships.”

Oldham Council in collaboration with Procure Partnerships Framework created the ‘North West Contractor Framework’ which is designed to facilitate the award and delivery of construction and infrastructure works ranging from £50,000 to multi-million pound projects with no upper value limit, for the council’s and other North West public sector bodies’ requirements.

28 companies have been appointed to the framework which went live on 1 April this year and is forecast to facilitate the award of up to £1.8bn of works over its four-year term.

In our framework user guides, you can discover how Procure Partnerships Framework operates nationally, covering 11 regions.

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