Costain To Host Supply Chain Event In Wales
14 November 2013
Costain, in conjunction with Business Wales, is hosting a free event to help prospective supply chain participants gain a foothold on future projects in Wales.
Backed by the Welsh Government, the event in Newport on December 3rd is called Engagement and Opportunities with Costain, and it promises to give prospective contractors all the information they need to get involved with Costain and seek out potential work opportunities.
The benefits for local companies are threefold; companies will gain greater visibility of future work opportunities and a better understanding about the Welsh Government’s vision for infrastructure development in Wales and, finally, by meeting the project teams, the contractors will gain valuable insight into how Costain works and what it is looking for from its supply chain.
“Our supply chain is fundamental to the success of Costain. It is therefore vital that we develop relationships that align with Costain’s strategy in order to help drive the business forward. We need to nurture these relationships and draw on the local expertise and innovation that is out there,” said Sarah Thomas, an Assistant Supply Chain Manager at Costain and the organiser of the event.
“There is a wealth of talent and expertise within the SME sector and this event gives potential contractors an opportunity to demonstrate their capabilities and grab the attention of the project teams delivering these influential schemes on behalf of the Welsh Government,” said Sarah.
As well as hearing presentations from Alan Kay, Costain’s Group Technical and Operations Director, and Dafydd Hughes, the Head of Construction Sector for the Welsh Government, contractors will have the opportunity to meet project managers and representatives from each of the company’s major projects in Wales as well as representatives from Costain’s Rail, New Nuclear, Water and Power & Distribution sectors.
“Companies will be able to put a face to a project they have perhaps heard about on the grapevine. It will be an introduction to the team who is delivering the project, rather than just buyers, and they will also have the opportunity to build relationships within Costain across various sectors. We will also provide them with tools to push their business forward, whether it is through one of our tender or technology workshops, or through our Supply Chain Academy, or through sharing our own initiatives with them,” said Sarah.
Also on hand will be the Construction Industry Training Board (CITB), Sell2Wales, the Carbon Trust and Achilles, the procurement and supply chain management service organisation.
“The work is out there and this event is a fantastic opportunity to get involved and become part of a team that is capable of delivering headline projects like the Tidal Lagoon Swansea Bay and the A465 Heads of the Valley Dualling, for Wales,” said Sarah.
The event is due to take place from 9am on December 3rd at The Lodge, Celtic Manor Resort, Newport.
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