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.