West Midlands businesses will have the chance to meet with one the UK’s biggest providers of healthcare support and construction services at a huge free networking event next month.

On Thursday 8 October some of the region’s most successful construction suppliers will converge on the CAP Centre in Smethwick for ‘Meet the hospital bidders day with Carillion who were recently announced as the preferred bidder to design, construct and operate the new Midland Metropolitan hospital in Grove Lane, Smethwick’.

The morning networking event is being jointly hosted by Sandwell Metropolitan Borough Council and Sandwell and West Birmingham NHS Trust. Their aim is to show Carillion’s buyers, designers, engineers and project managers that the West Midlands supply chain is capable of providing every construction, medical, clinical science and built-environment products needed to construct and run a brand new hospital.

With development work for a £430m hospital – set to begin in spring 2016, the event provides the perfect opportunity for buyers and suppliers to meet, collaborate and share best practice.
Carillion, a British multi-national facilities management and construction services company headquartered in Wolverhampton have confirmed that their full project team will be represented at the supplier day. Carillion have a track record of designing and building new hospitals, maintaining and providing facilities management to a wide range of healthcare facilities. The Black Country headquartered firm is currently working on the Royal Liverpool University hospital and Southmead Hospital redevelopment project in Bristol.

At ‘Meet the hospital bidders’ prospective suppliers will have the chance to meet face to face with designers and senior buyers from Carillion’s team and their top-tier suppliers.

Austin Bell, Hospital Bid Director for Carillion said: “We’re delighted to be involved in the ‘Meet the hospital bidders’ day and will be sending along the very people who specify designs and award the work for large, medium and small value healthcare contracts aligned to the Midland Metropolitan – the kind of work many businesses would love to be involved in”.
“We will be looking to develop links with suppliers who can help us form an efficient, cost-effective and flexible supply chain, bringing with them the high-quality components, clinical engineering and construction services we need.”

Councillor Paul Moore, Sandwell Council’s cabinet member for regeneration, jobs and economy, commented on the event: “This is a great opportunity for West Midlands businesses to get a foot in the door with prestigious buyers from one of the biggest construction firms who builds hospitals across the globe.

“The West Midlands is known for enterprise and innovation. We have the level of talent that hospital builders need, right here in the Black Country, Birmingham and wider West Midlands – so this is a chance for our Supply Chain to show their capabilities to one of the UK’s biggest names in construction and a global player in healthcare support services”.

Councillor Moore continued “I’m delighted that ‘Meet the hospital bidders’ will bring major buyers and innovative suppliers together and I look forward to hearing about local firms who win new contracts as a result of the day.”
The morning event will include a networking exhibition, updates on the building information modelling (BIM) requirements and design plans for the Midland Metropolitan and the unveiling of a state-of-the-art 12 workstation training suite kitted out with the latest building information modelling (BIM) software to broaden local firms’ engineering data, digital product design and 3D modelling skills.

Visitors will also get the chance to view the latest additions to the West Midlands Virtual Hospital (WMVH), Sandwell Council’s multi-award winning 3D walkthrough hospital to showcase locally made materials, components and BIM object designs.

Councillor Moore said “I’m pleased that Carillion and their top suppliers are getting behind the event and I would urge local SMEs to sign up. “This sort of engagement is valuable for our local economy. We want our region’s SMEs to have a platform in front of the Midland Metropolitan project team, learning what they need to do to supply to them and also showcasing the innovations, technologies and world-class products they are capable of supplying.

‘Meet the preferred bidders day with Carillion’ takes place on Thursday 8 October 2015 at the CAP Centre, Windmill Lane, Smethwick B66 3LX (adjacent to the Midland Metropolitan hospital site) from 8am to 1pm. It is free to attend as a delegate. To reserve a place, please email Steve Massey, Sandwell Council’s Supply Chain Development Officer, on stephen_massey@sandwell.gov.uk