Roads contractor wins Chamber praise for its ‘buy local’ policies

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Sheffield Chamber of Commerce has praised highway maintenance contractor Amey for ensuring the majority of its contracts remain in the city region.

Amey was awarded the £2 billion highway repairs contract by Sheffield City Council in July.

Since then it has become involved with 70 local companies and ensured that 96 per cent of sub-contract work is carried out by Sheffield City Region companies.

Around 80 per cent of the sub-contractors are small and medium-sized enterprises, providing services that include scaffolding, gritting, weedspraying and drain cleaning.

Amey has also taken on the majority of employees from the council’s Street Force team.

Tim Hale, chairman of Champion Hire and Sheffield Chamber of Commerce’s Transport Forum, said: “We are pleased to see that a majority of supply chain opportunities have gone to businesses based in the Sheffield City Region.

“This is a perfect example of how local companies can benefit from major developments in the area, spreading the economic boost to a wide range of sectors.

“It is also recognition of the success of Amey’s Meet the Buyer event earlier this year, which was supported by the Chamber and allowed SMEs to meet with key decision makers at the company.”

Amey has been given the job of bringing Sheffield’s highway network up to a high standard in five years and then maintaining that standard for the remaining 20 years of the contract.

The project is one of the biggest highways schemes in the country and is designed to support city regeneration plans.

Information about contracts being let as part of the work is available on Sheffield City Council’s Streets Ahead web pages – www.sheffield.gov.uk/streetsahead –and via a link on the Chamber website – www.scci.org.uk.