Major contractors and clients like Kier, McAlpine and Highways England are looking to meet new suppliers in the North East.
Suppliers and subcontractors across the region will be able to get the low down on upcoming contracts at a Constructionline Meet the Buyer event in Sedgefield on 10 September.
Over 400 North East SMEs and nearly 20 local clients have signed up to attend the event.
In addition, the main contractors and Highways England, Newcastle City Council and Gateshead NHS Trust are among the list of exhibitors looking to make connections with the region’s suppliers.
The event will also see decision-makers from the organisations give presentations about forthcoming opportunities, as well as providing attendees with advice on how they can bid for tenders.
Aaron Good, client relationship manager for the North East at Constructionline, said: “It can be quite costly for contractors to build up supply chains for projects and there’s a growing impetus on large buyers to offer as much opportunity to local suppliers as possible.”
The event will run from 8.30am until 2pm at the Best Western Hardwick Hall Hotel in Sedgefield. Suppliers do not have to be a Constructionline member to attend.
For more information or to register interest, go to: www.constructionline.co.uk/events
Sealy has won a contract to supply its bespoke pocket-sprung Centurion mattresses to BP Shipping’s fleet – between 42 and 46 beds on each tanker.
Graham Carberry, Sealy UK’s contracts director, says: “This is such a great opportunity for Sealy to work and partner with one of the UK’s premier companies, especially in its centenary year, and we are all extremely excited to take our Sealy beds into yet another new operating sector.
“We already supply a wide variety of British cruise liners with beds and mattresses, so know all about the benefits of sailing off to sleep on a wonderfully comfortable bed!”
The fleet of BP ships is crewed by around 1250 seafarers.
GfK’s UK Consumer Confidence Index decreased three points to 4 in July. Joe Staton, head of market dynamics at GfK, says: “Concerns about the general economic situation in the UK for the next 12 months appear to be weighing heavily on consumers’ minds at present. We’ve seen a five-point drop in expectations into negative sentiment, a full ten points lower than this time in 2014. In part, driven by anxiety over the potential Grexit melt-down and global uncertainty, consumers are feeling less secure about wider economic prospects for the country as a whole this month.
“However, on a more personal level, consumers remain resolutely upbeat about their own financial situation for the coming 12 months. With wage inflation outstripping price inflation, and good news about improving growth and employment prospects, our expectations to next summer remain stable and considerably more optimistic than during July last year. Overall, despite this month’s dip, the underlying message is strong.”
Decorex International has announced its patrons for 2015. Four leading names from the world of design and the arts have jointed its inaugural patrons panel, which it is lanching for this year’s show. The theme for 2015 is the future of luxury, and Decorex will be working with each patron to explore this in a variety of ways. Acting as ambassadors for the show will be: Libby Sellers- gallerist and design historian and former senior curator of the Design Museum London; gallerist and designer, Nigel Coates- board member of Trustees of The Architecture Foundation and associate director for INSIDE festival; celebrated interior designer, Guy Goodfellow – renowned for him elegant and grand interior projects, and Lucia va de Post – writer, journalist and associate editor of the Financial Times How To Spen It magazine.
Libby will be chairing an insightful panel discussion around this year’s show theme, the future of luxury, while Guy will also be presenting a talk about his recent project, the infamous country house, Garsington Manor. For press and VIPs both Lucia and Nigel will be hosting curated tours highlighting must- see stands at the show. Nigel Coats says:” Having watched and worked with Decorex over the past few years, I’m convinced it is the must show for anyone involved in interiors at the top end. Encyclopedic in its quality and scope, the show is a unique resource. That’s why everyone goes. This year I’ve been asked to be a partron of the show and no doubt will enjoy fulfillinf my role.”
Cr: Victoria Noakes
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