£2bn road project creates opportunity

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BUSINESSES are being invited to a drop-in event where they can find out about what supplier opportunities are available as part of the £2 billion project to resurface Sheffield’s roads.

Contractor Amey and Sheffield Council are inviting firms to ‘come and learn more about our Sheffield highways project’.

The event takes place between 1pm and 4pm in the Tony Currie Suite, Bramall Lane, on May 25.

Daniel Pitcher, head of procurement at Amey, said: “Since the announcement was made and we were selected as the contractor to transform the city’s highway network, we’ve been inundated with requests from local businesses interested in working with us.

“It’s great to see this level of local support for the project.”

He added: “We’ve made a commitment to use local suppliers where possible as part of our strategy to support sustainable business across the city.

“Such a comprehensive project demands a huge amount of resource and some of that work is very specialist given the nature of the industry we work in. However, there are plenty of other potential opportunities for local businesses to become part of the project.”

Richard Wright, executive director at Sheffield Chamber of Commerce and Industry, said: “We’re excited about being a partner host of this event.

“The investment and Amey’s announcement as preferred bidder is great news for the city.

“We’re committed to helping Amey and the council source local suppliers from Sheffield’s rich manufacturing and industry labour force.

“We want to make sure that our local businesses are first in line to be considered for any potential opportunities to work on the project.”

Work on the scheme is to begin in August and it will take around five years to revamp every road in the city.

Amey will then continue to have responsibility for maintaining the network for a further 20 years.

Companies wishing to attend must pre-register online at www.scci.org.uk/events/events-calendar/event/meet-the-buyer.