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First virtual Building for Growth launch!

Local businesses participating in hub South West’s eleventh Building for Growth programme will have the opportunity to to access online face to face opportunities to meet decision makers at nine of Scotland’s Tier One building contractors.

The six-week online-only affair is set to get under way from August 19 to September 23.

Our bespoke business development initiative, aimed at ambitious businesses in construction and related sectors based in Lanarkshire, Ayrshire and Dumfries and Galloway, has seen over 100 local companies benefit from this highlysuccessful programme. 

As ever, the latest programme is open to any company looking to grow in a sustainable manner by building the skills and internal capacity to take on increasing volumes of business and, as a result, look to winning new work from participating Tier One building contractors.

Gordon Hunter, hub South West’s supply chain manager, who manages the Building for Growth programme, said: “The aim of the programme is to ensure that local companies are ready, willing and capable of securing work from the Tier One contractors, and, I am delighted to say that we have achieved our aim over recent years, with around 60% of sub-contracting work on major projects now going to local businesses.

“Our latest programme which we have adapted to the continuing circumstances of the COVID-19 epidemic will be conducted via Zoom over a shortened timescale of six half-day (9.15– 12.45) over six weeks but, as ever, will be packed with practical guidance on such topics as business strategy, people management and leadership, marketing planning, tendering, corporate social responsibility and cybersecurity.

“An added attraction of this programme will be the presence at all sessions of decision-makers from our nine active Tier One contractor partners, culminating in a presentation then a speed networking session where all participants will have the opportunity of interacting with each of them.

“We are expecting the participation of around a dozen companies drawn from locations across south west Scotland though we are still, at this stage, open to late applicants who want to see their business prosper by joining the Building for Growth programme.”