The Challenge:

For upcoming opportunities with Kier Regional Building within the County Durham area, Durham County Council were keen to stress the importance of local suppliers and sub-contractors being given the opportunity to work on these projects.

Durham County Council are advocates of demonstrating a tangible value on social value within their geographic area and were keen for this to also feed in to the message of the event.

The Solution:

Kier Regional Building arranged, in conjunction with Constructionline for a ‘Meet the Buyer’ style event to be run, inviting local suppliers and sub-contractors who were signed up to Constructionline. This gave attendees to chance to meet our Regional Building team, find out more about the current opportunities within the County Durham area and understand the mandatory accreditations that Kier require across all our supply chain partners.

Not only were Kier, Durham County Council and Constructionline in attendance on the day, there were also affiliates of Durham County Council, including the local procurement organisation NEPO, Federation of Small Businesses, Business Durham and current supply chain partners Imtech.

The Impact:

Two sessions were held across the day for maximum flexibility to the local supply chain in attendance. Both sessions were fully sold out with attendees travelling from across the County as well as the wider North East. They were given the opportunity to understand how to become a supply chain partner with Kier and the process that they needed to undertake, as well as speak directly to the relevant individuals within Kier Regional Building. Kier were also able to demonstrate their previous commitment to local SME spend, with the recent Sheraton Park Student Accommodation at Neville’s Cross being delivered with 82% local SME spend within a 20 mile radius of the scheme.

Not only did Kier take a huge amount from the event, but Durham County Council were delighted with the response and organisation of the Kier team to deliver a successful event within the region. Federation of Small Businesses noted they had signed up a number of new members and NEPO mentioned engagement with their portal had dramatically increased too.

" Thank you all so much for the two sessions today. I think collectively with our presentations, the networking discussions and the availability of key colleagues from Kier, Imtech, FSB, Constructionline, NEPO, Business Durham and my own team – we all worked together to deliver a very strong message about business and social value opportunities as well as our business support offers. I have participated in many such events in the past, but I genuinely don’t think today’s event could have gone any better and I know how much hard work went into the planning and delivery from all colleagues. "
Darren Knowd Chief Procurement Officer Durham County Council

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