Firms’ interest in road project

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suppliers, businesses and organisations interested in hearing about opportunities to help deliver Sheffield’s £2 billion highways upgrade have met with project bosses.

Representatives from Sheffield Council and Amey held a drop-in session for businesses at Bramall Lane football ground.

The event proved popular, with hundreds of business representatives attending on the day.

Daniel Pitcher, head of procurement at Amey, said: “We’ve been overwhelmed by the level of interest from local suppliers wanting to work with us in the delivery of this contract.

“Our event was hugely popular and hundreds attended on the day.

“It was a great chance for us to network with local businesses from all walks of life and a fantastic opportunity for them to come ask us questions about the contract, our needs, and plans for the future.

“Such a comprehensive project demands a huge amount of resources 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 and we hope we got that message across.”

Amey is due to start five years of work improving the city’s roads, pavements, bridges and street scene in August.

The improvements are part of a 25-year contract which will include keeping the network in top condition once the upgrades have been completed.

The contract will mean the creation of 170 jobs.