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Kingspan Unveiled as sponsor for new BIMwm technology centre

Kingspan Industrial Insulation, a market leading manufacturer of premium performance pipe and duct insulation systems are the latest big-name firm to be unveiled as patrons of a special training suite to help West Midlands construction and manufacturing firms get to grips with advanced construction skills and emerging digital engineering technology.

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The new BIM (building information modelling) technology centre which is located within the main campus at Sandwell College in Spon Lane, West Bromwich will coach essential skills to vocational and full-time engineering students. BIM is a universal means for sharing digital-engineered building designs and product data between clients and suppliers. Since April 2016, all public-sector capital-build projects must comply with BIM Level 2 legislation, so it is vital that the construction workforce and the next generation of engineers are confident and have the essential skills in using it.

To help SMEs adopt BIM and remain competitive in the construction and engineering sectors, Sandwell Council, working in partnership with Sandwell College and the University of Wolverhampton has opened the 16-workstation facility with support from Kingspan, one of the UK’s most successful pipe insulation manufacturers. The new West Bromwich facility has BIM embedded into the student curriculum features BIM viewing software, e-learning platforms and vocational training in CAD skills, 3D modelling, engineering design services, product design and BIM object creation. It is a unique partnership and a UK first between a college, university and a local authority.

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BIMwm framework success for Sandwell Council at West Midlands Construction Excellence Awards

For the 9th year, the West Midlands Celebrating Construction Awards were held on Friday night in Birmingham at the ICC to celebrate this years’ regional construction highlights.

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We’re proud to tell you that Sandwell Council were recognised for its visionary work around Building Information Modelling (BIM) through the formation of the BIMwm framework. Sandwell and their framework delivery partners picked up the winners award in the Integration & Collaborative working category.

In addition, Sandwell were highly commended in the Innovation category with a joint entry with 3 other local authorities (Walsall, Dudley, & Wolverhampton City Council), the Black Country Councils teamed up to develop the ground-breaking OnTrack WM, a virtual rail procurement portal to showcase the regions talented rail supply chain.

This year’s awards were presented at a high profile dinner on Friday 13 May 2016. More than six hundred leaders and innovators from across the construction sector gathered at the ICC, Birmingham, to celebrate the very best industry projects.

Sandwell Council as winners of the regional awards, automatically move forward to represent the West Midlands at the high-profile national CE awards held in London later this year.

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Building Information Modelling (BIM) Awareness workshop with Offsite Management School

Becoming BIM ready

For suppliers who aspire to work and supply major public infrastructure projects such as rail, highways, schools and public health projects – BIM level 2 is no longer a nice to have but an essential skill set. West Midlands businesses are encouraged to attend a valuable FREE BIM workshop this summer to learn more …

On Monday 13th June, dozens of delegates from West Midlands businesses will converge on the Sandwell Business Solutions Centre, CAP Centre in Smethwick for ‘Building Information Modelling (BIM) awareness workshop.

The 1/2 day awareness session is being jointly organised by Sandwell Council and Offsite Management School. They want to champion BIM level 2 to the region’s supply chain and encourage them to adopt BIM so that they can win work on the £multi-million public projects set for the West Midlands including the £430m Midland Metropolitan hospital in Smethwick.

Offsite Management School to host valuable BIM event at Sandwell BIM Technologies & Skills Development Suite

Offsite Management School to host valuable BIM event at Sandwell BIM Technologies & Skills Development Suite

David Emery, director of architectural and design consultancy Virtechs – which specialises in BIM – will be facilitating the morning session offering practical advice for SMEs’.

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Skills development breakfast meeting: your roadmap to working with Carillion

Carillion, recently began work on the West Midlands biggest and newest landmark healthcare building, the £430m state-of-the-art Midland Metropolitan Hospital (MMH) in Smethwick, a £multi-million project for which Carillion and their top-tier contractors will need a quality pool of suppliers of materials, FM support and subcontract services.

Is your firm ready to supply one of the biggest names in UK Construction & FM services?

Over a complimentary cooked breakfast, you’ll get the opportunity to meet with the senior procurement leads & category managers from Carillon’s MMH team, you’ll hear about the works packages, designs, procurement and build timescales relating to the MMH and most importantly, you’ll learn about the supply chain opportunities that will be up for grabs soon and the essential skills (such as BIM) that they look for in prospective suppliers plus the approvals needed on the sub-contract works packages. Delegates will also get the first preview of the new Carillion endorsed Growth Spark APP, a FREE mobile & tablet-friendly online app to help improve your work-winning skills and a valuable SMART tool to demonstrate you’re a performance-driven supplier to potential new clients.

Work recently began on the 19 acre MMH site

Work recently began on the 19 acre MMH site

Attendees will get to see a first glimpse of the huge 80,000 sq. mtr MMH site from the newly opened MMH community platform, delegates will enjoy a panoramic view of the canal-side hospital site plus hear about the surrounding regeneration of Sandwell & West Birmingham.

Attending this workshop will allow you to:

  • Meet procurement / supply chain experts from leading contractor Carillion and learn what they look for from their top suppliers
  • Gain a valuable insight into business opportunities within Carillon’s supply chain
  • Hear about expert support for the WM construction sector including the launch of a FREE Growth Spark APP to improve your work-winning skills
  • Network over a complimentary cooked breakfast with like-minded construction professionals looking to develop their supply performance and improve their business credentials
  • Find out how to further raise your profile through the advertising and sponsorship opportunities available on the WMVH site.
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Sandwell Council shortlisted for 6 awards at West Midlands Celebrating Constructing Excellence awards

Sandwell Council, an award winning local authority, is proud to announce that it has been shortlisted as a finalist for 6 awards in 5 different categories for this year’s West Midlands Celebrating Constructing Excellence awards. The Celebrating Constructing Excellence awards is one of the most coveted in the profession and a well-recognised badge of excellence among construction peers across the wider U.K.

The winners will be presented at a high profile dinner on Friday 13 May 2016. More than six hundred construction peers, business leaders and innovators from across the built technologies sector will gather at the ICC, Birmingham, to celebrate best practice applied across the region’s landmark projects.

Sandwell shortlisted as a finalist for six awards

Sandwell shortlisted as a finalist for six awards

Sandwell’s pioneering work has been recognised for its forward-thinking strategy to nurture the valuable skills that future industry will need through the formation of the West Midlands Community BIM framework, which has earned them three shortlisting’s in the BIM Project of the Year, Value Award and Integration & Collaborative Working categories.

Whilst Sandwell’s creative procurement approach alongside Carillion & Sandwell & West Birmingham NHS Trust have been nominated for a second shortlisting in the Value award for their partnership work aligned to the Midland Metropolitan Hospital.

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BIM 4 Hard FM Workshop – Health Built Environments Special

Sandwell Council, an award-winning BIM innovator in partnership with it’s BIM framework delivery partner, Virtechs Limited are hosting a special BIM for Hard FM workshop featuring estates, assets, MEP and hospital facilities professionals working within the NHS and associated health sector.

New legislation in the guise of Building Information Modelling (BIM) Level 2 is set to change the way health sector clients operates and maintains the whole-life costs and assets of its buildings, taking health facilities management out of the analogue age and into the digital.

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Our valuable 1-day BIM for Hard FM workshop which takes place at Sandwell Council’s BIM technologies & skills development suite in Windmill Lane, Smethwick will focus on the use of 3D virtual buildings and cloud base software for building management system (BMS). We’ll look at best use of technology to control and monitor the maintenance regimes of hospital estates and the creation of a common and universally shared E.I.R. (employers information requirements) to compliment and integrate with existing facilities management systems.

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Procurement Efficiency Workshop – Midland Metropolitan Hospital – Balustrades Works Package Cluster Group

On Thursday 25th February 2016, Sandwell Council in conjunction with Carillion’s category managers and MMH procurement team are facilitating a valuable Procurement workshop themed around the formation of a cluster group of suppliers to compete and bid for the £2.4m balustrade work packages aligned to the Midland Metropolitan Hospital (MMH).

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As part of a small group, you’ll gain essential knowledge about the formation of a Sandwell cluster group and learn about becoming more cost competitive, improving your purchasing efficiency and buying skills. You’ll also get the unique chance to spend valuable time with members of Carillion’s MMH buying team plus a group of the UK’s leading procurement experts. There’ll also be plenty of networking time with like-minded businesses. You can read more about our cluster group plans on this link: http://westmidlandsvirtualhospital.co.uk/media/features/procure-wmvh/

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Develop your BIM Skills & Get Ready for Digital-Built West Midlands

Building Information Modelling (BIM) is set to change the way the construction sector delivers, procures, designs, constructs and maintains the whole-life costs of buildings, taking the industry out of the analogue age and into the digital. BIM has the potential to transform efficiency throughout the entire construction supply chain through closer collaboration, smarter ways of working, lean methods of procurement and the use of 3D “virtual” buildings to manage properties and assets.

Recognising that public sector clients and private sector businesses operating in the built environment will need differing degrees of knowledge and skills. Sandwell Council has developed a programme of Building Information Modelling (BIM) workshops aimed at nurturing the critical workforce skills needed within industry.

Our enjoyable and affordable BIM Level 2 awareness courses are delivered by a framework of BIM consultants and are suitable for all levels of job roles. What’s unique and sets the course apart from other BIM workshops is that you will be coached through the business benefits of BIM adoption, receive expert advice, explanation and valuable client guidance of the significant efficiencies that BIM presents.

You can find out more about BIM and how it could add value to your role by viewing this short informative video.

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State-of-the-art BIM technology centre opened in Smethwick

On Friday 11 December, MP for West Bromwich East and deputy leader for the Labour Party, Tom Watson officially opened a special training suite to help West Midlands businesses get to grips with an emerging technology.

The BIM (Building Information Modelling) training suite is located at the Sandwell Business Solutions Centre, CAP Centre in Windmill Lane, Smethwick (adjacent to the new £430m Midland Metropolitan Hospital Development).

BIM is a universal means for sharing digital-engineered designs and data between clients and suppliers. From April 2016 all public-sector capital-build projects must comply with BIM Level 2, so it is vital that SMEs are confident in using it.

To help SMEs adopt BIM and remain competitive in the construction and engineering sectors, Sandwell Council has opened the 12-workstation facility with sponsorship support from local businesses including West Midlands headquartered construction giant Carillion; Metsec, one of the region’s most successful cold roll-forming firms; ICI AkzoNobel Paints, a global powder coatings manufacturer and; Ascom Wireless Solutions, the UK’s leading wireless communications provider.

The facility features BIM viewing software, online and social learning platforms, consultancy and affordable vocational training in CAD skills, 3D modelling, engineering design services, product design and BIM object creation. It is a first for a UK local authority.

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Meet the Midland Metropolitan Architects

Sandwell Council alongside Carillion are holding a special event on Thursday 19 November 2015, enabling local businesses like yours to meet the architects and specifiers charged with designing the new Midland Metropolitan Hospital (MMH).

As you may know, Smethwick is soon to be transformed with an estimated £1bn of investment, including the state-of-the-art MMH. In the coming months Carillion, the preferred bidder, will need advanced medical technologies, built environment materials, clinical equipment and innovations.

The opportunities could be huge for clued-up product designers and engineers with the skills, resources and ingenuity to meet Carillion’s design challenges.

To help you get involved (and, in turn, boost our region’s economy) Sandwell Council’s West Midlands Virtual Hospital team is holding a free product demonstrator and informal CPD ‘Meet the Midland Metropolitan Hospital Architects’ day in Smethwick on Thursday 19 November.

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Sandwell Council wins FSB Award 2015 for small business friendliness

FSB Winner 2015For the second year running, Sandwell Council has won an award at the Federation of Small Businesses’ Staffordshire and West Midlands Local Authority ‘Small Business Friendly Awards’.

This year we were successful again in the ‘Best “Small Business Friendly” Procurement Campaign’ category thanks to our pioneering West Midlands Virtual Hospital and related work in helping our region’s businesses adopt building information technology (BIM). The award ceremony took place at the Eaton Hotel, Hagley Road, Edgbaston in Birmingham on Friday 9 October 2015.

The West Midlands Virtual Hospital (WMVH) is a digital-engineered 3D ‘walkthrough’ hospital with a BIM platform. It complements the development of a real-life hospital, the £430m Midland Metropolitan.

WMVH coaches SMEs in using BIM. Through it, they can present plans, designs, drawings, dimensional tolerances, product life¬cycle data and specifications using easy-to-configure 3D analysis.

WMVH also works as a procurement directory; an online showcase of West Midlands SMEs. Health sector professionals including commissioners, architects, medical engineers, buyers and estate managers can browse WMVH to view prospective suppliers and source materials, products and services.

You can view the WMVH website and sign up for free at www.westmidlandsvirtualhospital.co.uk.

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Sandwell Council teams up with Carillion to launch BIM Suite

A West Midlands local authority and a leading UK construction services company have teamed up to unveil their initiative for equipping the Black Country supply chain with critical skills, as a major new hospital is built in the region.

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Sandwell Council, in conjunction with Carillion – the UK’s leading integrated support services company and the preferred bidder to build the £430m Midland Metropolitan hospital in Smethwick – is unveiling a state-of-the-art BIM (Building Information Modelling) Technologies and Skills Development suite at an event on 8th October.

The BIM Technologies and Skills Development Suite will provide a platform for manufacturers and suppliers to learn more about BIM and develop their skills in product design, 3D modelling and digital engineering using easy-to-configure 3D software.

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Carillion to unveil project team at ‘Midland Metropolitan hospital supplier day’

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.

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Construction and Infrastructure Opportunities in Ireland – Event 25th September 2015

UK Trade & Investment (UKTI) are offering businesses within the Black Country the chance to book a 30 minute 1:1 meeting with David O’Halloran, a UKTI Trade Adviser based in Dublin, to discuss a range of business opportunities within the Irish construction and infrastructure sector.

Ireland is the UK’s fifth largest export market and imports more from the UK than any other country, and therefore it is an ideal first step market for UK companies. Furthermore, the country itself offers the benefit of being English speaking, has a similar regulatory and legal framework and good perception of the quality of British goods and services.

The Irish construction industry is predicted to grow at 5.65% in the years to 2018, and the Irish government has made significant financial commitments to a number of Public Private Partnership (PPP) projects for social housing development, horse racing courses and urban regeneration. The National Assets Management Agency (NAMA) is to also provide capital (circa €2bn) and vendor finance (circa €2bn) for completion of construction work and the development of Greenfield sites.

Location: Black Country Chamber of Commerce, Creative Industries Centre, University of Wolverhampton Science Park, Glaisher Drive, Wolverhampton, WV10 9TG

If you’re a Black Country Chamber of Commerce member click here to book. Other companies can book by clicking here.

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New Hospital Supply Day Set to Boost Business

On Thursday 8 October dozens of top local suppliers to the health sector will converge on Smethwick for a special supplier day with one of the UK’s largest hospital construction firms.

Local firms will get the chance to showcase their manufacturing prowess, engineering innovations, clinical and built-environment technologies to a prestigious group of health sector chiefs, procurement leads, architects and senior engineers from Black Country headquartered Carillion – the preferred bidder tasked with constructing the new £430m Midland Metropolitan Hospital in Smethwick.

The event ‘Meet the Preferred BidMMH Pic 1der Day’ which is being co-hosted by Sandwell Council and Sandwell & West Birmingham NHS Trust aims to forge stronger links between the region’s talented supply chain and Carillion’s key construction team involved in the new eight storey, 670 bed hospital development in Grove Lane.

Councillor Paul Moore, Sandwell Council’s cabinet member for regeneration, jobs and economy, said the timing was perfect. “Our region’s supply chain is a hotbed of talent and admired across the world. Collectively, our businesses are capable of providing every component and service required to design, build and maintain a 21st-century healthcare facility. ‘Meet the Preferred Bidder Day’ will provide an excellent opportunity for local businesses to show their supplier credentials to the very people who will soon be looking to procure healthcare-related products and services,” he said.

Councillor Moore continued “We are delighted to be co-hosting this event which will serve as a showcase for the very best that the local supply chain has to offer. I hope that as many of the region’s businesses as possible will sign up to take advantage of this fantastic opportunity to win new business and build strong relationships with Carillion. This is their chance to demonstrate to the key players involved in Sandwell’s new hospital but who are also aligned to other healthcare projects across the UK and beyond.”

Some of the region’s biggest firms are already signed up to exhibit, including Sandwell based Metsec, Ash & Lacy, Briggs Amasco, Unistrut, Angle Ring, Caparo and Hadley Group.

Exhibitors are being offered a stand in the ‘marketplace’ area for just £100 + VAT. The organisers hope to facilitate plenty of networking and collaboration on the day. There will be one-to-one meetings between buyers and suppliers, speeches, design previews of the Midland Metropolitan hospital, BIM demonstration workshops and complimentary breakfast baps.

BIM Technology & Skills Development Suite

The morning event will include 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 walk-through hospital to showcase locally made materials, components and BIM object designs.

‘Meet the preferred bidder 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 8:00am to 1pm. It is free to attend as a delegate. To reserve your place e-mail Steve Massey – Sandwell Council’s Supply Chain Development Officer on stephen_massey@sandwell.gov.uk.

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Carillion named as preferred bidder for Midland Metropolitan Hospital

A joint venture led by Black Country headquartered support services giant Carillion has been named as the preferred bidder by the Sandwell and West Birmingham Hospitals NHS Trust to construct the new £430m Midland Metropolitan Hospital in Smethwick.

Carillion were awarded preferred bidder status as part of a joint venture – Public Private Partnership under a 30-year concession contract using the UK Government’s PF2 model. The new 8 storey state-of the-art acute hospital, which will have 15 operating theatre suites, critical care units, clinical consultation suites, a maternity unit and an accident and emergency department on the lower floors whilst the upper floors will consist of state-of-the-art en-suite and multi-bed wards providing bedspace for around 670 patients.

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The 21st century healthcare facility will have a number of innovative design features including a fully enclosed Winter Garden with canal-side and panoramic views across Birmingham & the Black Country, retail outlets, car parking within the hospital building on the ground and first floors to create a secure environment, clinical services and operating theatres will be located on the lower floors whilst the main reception, hospital foyer for general admissions, visitors restaurant and patient space will be positioned on the upper floors.

Carillion will invest over £16 million of equity in the project, which will be built by Carillion at a capital cost of £297 million. Hard facilities management and life-cycle maintenance services will also be delivered by Carillion and these services are expected to generate approximately £140 million of revenue over the life of the concession contract.

Financial close is expected around the end of 2015 with construction starting early in 2016. Completion is scheduled for mid-2018, with the hospital opening in late 2018. As the leading provider of apprenticeships and training in its sector, Carillion will use this project as a further opportunity to provide training and apprenticeship opportunities as well boosting the region’s economy through maximising the use of local suppliers. Carillion have pledged to work with Sandwell Council to support the Council’s wider economic development plans for Smethwick using the Council’s award-winning West Midlands Virtual Hospital to make the Midland Metropolitan contracts transparent and accessible to the local supply chain showing Carillion’s public commitment to responsible procurement

Carillion Plc Chief Executive, Richard Howson, said: “We are delighted to have been selected as the preferred bidder for this important new hospital. Carillion has delivered over 60 Public Private Partnership projects, including more than 20 healthcare projects, and this latest success reinforces our position as a leader in the PPP market. We look forward to working with the Sandwell and West Birmingham Hospitals NHS Trust to deliver a state-of-the-art facility that will enable the Trust to achieve its objectives for delivering significant improvements in healthcare services for the people of Sandwell and West Birmingham”.

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Sandwell Council shortlisted as a finalist for the Construction News Awards

Sandwell Council, an award winning local authority, announces that it has been shortlisted as a finalist for the Construction News Awards, one of the most prestigious and coveted in the construction sector and a well-recognised badge of excellence amongst the sectors peers.

Attracting more than 300 entries from some of the biggest firms in UK construction, the council’s Think Sandwell team has been recognised for its outstanding achievements in the ‘Best BIM (Building Information Modelling) Initiative of the Year’ award for its pioneering work on the West Midlands Virtual Hospital (WMVH).

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Sandwell Council shortlisted for Express & Star Business Awards 2015

The West Midlands Virtual Hospital has secured Sandwell Council a finalist place at this year’s Express & Star Business Awards.

Sandwell will be vying for the Best Use of Technology award which is one of 12 awards up for grabs this year. Preliminary judging has whittled them down to 3 finalists in the category who will now undergo a rigorous assessment, including a series of site visits, as the difficult task of finding a winner gets under way.

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WMVH and Sandwell Council shortlisted for 2015 West Midlands Constructing Excellence Awards

Sandwell Council is proud to announce that it has been shortlisted as a finalist in 5 categories for this year’s West Midlands Celebrating Constructing Excellence awards.

The West Midlands awards will be presented at a high profile dinner on Friday 10 July 2015. More than six hundred leaders and innovators from across the construction sector will gather at the ICC, Birmingham, to celebrate the very best industry projects.

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West Midlands Virtual Hospital shortlisted for Global Procurement Leaders Award

Sandwell Council, an award winning local authority, announced that it has been shortlisted as a finalist for the prestigious 2015 Procurement Leaders Global Awards, one of the most coveted in the purchasing profession and a well-recognised badge of excellence amongst procurement peers across the globe.

Sandwell Council has received national recognition and has been shortlisted for a number of prestigious awards for its pioneering work aligned to the West Midlands Virtual Hospital (WMVH), a digital representation of a real-life hospital embedded with a 3D BIM learning platform.

The Procurement Leaders Awards are the most celebrated and sought-after awards in procurement. They are said to represent the best initiatives, individuals and organisations across the world.

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Sandwell Council launches West Midlands Virtual Hospital to put region’s businesses on the healthcare map

Sandwell Council, an award winning local authority, today announces the official launch of the West Midlands Virtual Hospital (WMVH), a digital procurement tool which will showcase the skills, knowledge and expertise of West Midlands’ companies in the UK and abroad.

The state-of-the-art WMVH has already generated significant interest from local businesses, with over 400 companies expressing an interest in the initiative and/or creating profiles to showcase their expertise, experience and capabilities in supplying critical products and services for the design, manufacture and operation of a 21st-century healthcare facility.

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West Midlands Virtual Hospital gives region’s businesses an international platform

A local authority has come up with an innovative way to give West Midlands firms a global advantage, and help them access new international markets.

Sandwell Council is pioneering the West Midlands Virtual Hospital (WMVH) to show the world that our region’s businesses are capable of supplying everything needed to design, manufacture and run a 21st-century healthcare facility.

The online digital 3D ‘walkthrough’ hospital is easily navigated by users, who can click on any part of the building, room or piece of technology to access details of a local firm who can supply the required components.

Meanwhile, the WMVH platform is helping West Midlands firms to adopt Building Information Technology. This is crucial. BIM is a universal means for sharing digital designs that will become compulsory for all capital build projects by 2016. To be able to compete in the global marketplace, every construction, manufacturing and engineering firm will need to get to grips with BIM in the coming months.

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New hospital means big business opportunities

West Midlands SMEs are being urged to attend a free networking event this autumn and hear about business opportunities being generated by the Midland Metropolitan hospital development.

On Thursday 9 October leading contractors and hundreds of representatives from West Midlands businesses will converge on the Bethel Convention Centre in West Bromwich for ‘Meet the hospital bidders’.

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What can you supply to the West Midlands Virtual Hospital?

The West Midlands Virtual Hospital is a pioneering 3D walkthrough building, showing the world how our region’s suppliers are capable of providing everything needed to design, build and run a 21st-century healthcare facility. Over 300 businesses have already signed up, collectively able to supply more than 8000 components. Can your business contribute?

On Thursday 9 October leading contractors, healthcare professionals and hundreds of delegates from West Midlands businesses will converge on West Bromwich for ‘Meet the hospital bidders’.

The all-day networking event at the Bethel Convention Centre is being organised by Sandwell Council and Birmingham City Council. One of the main features of the day will be the launch of the West Midlands Virtual Hospital (WMVH).

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Get set for ‘Meet the Hospital Bidders’ event

A huge free networking event is taking place at the Bethel Convention Centre in West Bromwich this Thursday (9 October). Opened by Lord Digby Jones, it will shine a national spotlight on West Midlands manufacturers – showing how our region’s supply chain is capable of providing everything needed to design, build and run a 21st-century hospital.

The all-day show is being jointly organised by Sandwell Metropolitan Borough Council and Birmingham City Council. Their mutual aim is to forge strong links between the region’s supply chain and health sector consortia who design, build and run healthcare facilities.

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BIM for a boom: why West Midlands SMEs shouldn’t ignore Building Information Modelling

The government has said that all construction projects must use Level 2 Building Information Modelling (BIM) by 2016. West Midlands businesses are encouraged to attend a big networking event this autumn to learn more …

On Thursday 9 October hundreds of delegates from West Midlands businesses will converge on the Bethel Convention Centre in West Bromwich for ‘Meet the hospital bidders’.

The all-day networking show is being jointly organised by Sandwell Metropolitan Borough Council and Birmingham City Council. They want to champion the region’s talented supply chain to bidders for the development of the £353m Midland Metropolitan hospital in Smethwick.

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Lord Digby Jones to address the UK construction sector at West Midlands business event

Former CBI chief Lord Digby Jones will be the special guest speaker at ‘Meet the hospital bidders’ on Thursday 9 October in West Bromwich. He will use the stage to rally West Midlands construction firms to upskill and be ready to tender for big contracts coming to the region.

‘Meet the hospital bidders’ will take place on Thursday 9 October 2014 at the prestigious Bethel Convention Centre in West Bromwich.

For further information click here.

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Sandwell Council wins FSB Award for Small Business Friendliness

It’s been announced that Sandwell Council has won the Procurement Policy category in the 2014 Federation of Small Businesses’ Staffordshire and West Midlands Local Authority ‘Small Business Friendly Awards’.

It was shortlisted – and won – thanks in part to the council being a signatory to the Prompt Payment Code. This means it has pledged to pay suppliers on time, give clear guidance on payment terms and encourage best practice among its lead suppliers (so that a healthy cashflow can trickle down through the supply chain).

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