Wandsworth- and Lambeth-based businesses can now register for the next round of the Supply Nine Elms on the South Bank programme, which gives them access to millions of pounds worth of new contract opportunities.
The initiative offers local firms the chance to meet the major buyers involved in the regeneration of Nine Elms on the South Bank, London’s biggest development programme.
The last round of the programme saw local companies secure new contracts worth a total of £1.2m.
In the coming year there will be more tender opportunities through the programme in the construction and development sectors, as well as catering, office support, environmental management and utilities.
Buyers taking part include Battersea Power Station Development Company, Barratt, Ballymore, St James, Carillion, Skanska and Laing O’Rourke.
Businesses taking part are matched to forthcoming contract opportunities and given a package of one-to-one training and support to help them develop the capabilities needed.
They are also offered support in preparing compliant and competitive tenders, which can be a significant barrier to small firms securing new work.
The programme, which is free of charge and only available to those firms based in Wandsworth and Lambeth, also includes networking and “meet the buyer” events, as well as business development workshops.
The scheme is financed by Wandsworth and Lambeth Councils and is being delivered on their behalf by BE Group, a leading specialist in business support and supply chain development.
Beaver Pest Control is one local small business to have benefited from last year’s programme, having won multiple contracts.
David Lodge, a partner at the firm, said: “The support has exceeded all of my expectations. I cannot praise them highly enough.”
Wandsworth Council leader Ravi Govindia said: “We have worked hard to unlock the huge potential of Nine Elms and our communities are now reaping the rewards in the form of new affordable homes, jobs and apprenticeships.
“Through the Supply Nine Elms on the South Bank programme we are ensuing that our local businesses take a share in the benefits and I encourage Wandsworth traders to take full advantage.
“This is a gateway to new contracts and new long-term clients, and comes with a range of expert business development training that gives local companies the best possible chance of securing new work.”