Opportunities for Black Country businesses
Published on 17th July 2012
A multi-million pound housing contract is set to boost businesses in the Black Country.
The Accord Group recently awarded a £50m contract to Lovell to provide 24-hour repairs and maintenance for its 11,000 homes across the West Midlands.
Both the Accord Group and Lovell have committed to using local subcontractors and suppliers to deliver the contract and a special event has been held to put them in touch with local firms.
More than 200 businesses from the Black Country attended the 'Find It In Sandwell' business breakfast at Oldbury Council House on Thursday morning (Jul12).
Sara Woodall, director of corporate services for the Accord Group, said the business breakfast had been a great opportunity for the Accord Group and Lovell to tap into local supply chains.
"At Accord we think globally but work locally. The Black Country is the route of industry and, from what I've seen today, it's alive and kicking. There are good local supply chains here and hopefully there will be lots of opportunities for local businesses as a result of today."
Wayne Davies, project manager from repairs and maintenance specialist Lovell said: "This has been an excellent opportunity to meet with potential local community contractors and suppliers.
"We believe in delivering a wide range of lasting benefits for the communities where we work and are committed to continue working with Accord to support the local supply chain and create business, work and training opportunities for local individuals and businesses."
Councillor Derek Rowley, Sandwell's cabinet member for jobs and economy added: "This has been another successful business breakfast for local companies.
"The 'Find It In Sandwell' team has won national awards the business breakfasts are extremely popular with local firms who view them as a chance to network and bring in new work opportunities."The Accord Group manages 11,000 homes across the West Midlands and provides services, including care and support, to 50,000 people. It is building 2,000 more properties by 2014, including the Eastern Gateway development in West Bromwich.