Social housing breakfast networking event

By on 24/11/2010 in News

Don't miss finditinbirmingham's breakfast networking event, on Thursday December 2nd 2010, which will raise awareness about housing contract opportunities with Birmingham City Council.
Birmingham City Council manages 65,000 properties across the city and, following its successes in accessing government grants in recent years, has embarked on an ambitious house building programme.
Senior managers from Birmingham City Council will be speaking about the council's approach to housing – how contracts are let, what contracts are coming up and how the council has prioritised the advertising of contracts on finditinbirmingham to help local firms get access to contracting opportunities.
Some of Birmingham's main construction contractors will be at the event too, making it an excellent networking opportunity. You'll get the chance to speak first hand to companies already working on some of the existing contracts.
After the presentations there will also be the opportunity to meet key council officers in individual one-to-one sessions to discuss particular opportunities that might be relevant for your business - by emailing or calling 01384 563050, saying if you are interested in construction or repairs/refurbishment work.
Movers and shakers from the construction sector and allied businesses are signing up now on
finditinbirmingham for the opportunity to network with likeminded business professionals interested in buying from and supplying to each other.
The event will take place in Hall 11 of the ICC from 7am-9am (registration 6:45am). There will be free tea, coffee and bacon and egg baps for everyone, as well as a vegetarian option.
finditinbirmingham breakfast networking events take place on the first Thursday of every month. They are a great opportunity to find businesses to collaborate with, win work and learn new skills from expert speakers.
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Louise Collett, the council's Assistant Director of Strategy and Development, will give an overview of housing policy in Birmingham and the council's vision for the city. She will explain how the council works with its partners to access funding and support for new developments.
Bob Brown, the council's Assistant Director of Asset Management and Maintenance, will explain how contracts for repairs, maintenance and gas servicing for the council's existing 65,000 properties work, how the council is carrying out improvements to all its properties to bring them up to the Decent Homes standard and its plans for further improvements. Bob will also give an overview of the estate management contracts across the city.
Clive Skidmore, the council's Head of Housing Regeneration and Development, will outline the success of the council's Birmingham Municipal Housing Trust in winning government grants and building new council homes across the city, and the proposals for future schemes. He will give an overview of how the tender process works and of the framework contracts set up by the Homes and Communities Agency which funds much of the development. Clive will also explain how all new contractors are required to advertise supply-chain opportunities on finditinbirmingham, ensuring local businesses get a chance to access relevant parts of the larger contracts.
Birmingham City Council's Urban Design Department will provide an overview of the new 'Constructing West Midlands' framework contract which is soon to be advertised. They will explain the opportunities this affords smaller local firms.
There will be exhibition stands from Birmingham City Council and the Tier 1 Contractors BM3 Architecture, Keepmoat and Frank Haslam Milan.
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For more details, please email or call Lucy on 01384 563050.

NOTES to editors

  1. is a Birmingham City Council initiative which seeks to support the local business community through making supply opportunities more visible.
  2. finditinbirmingham makes it easier for Birmingham City Council, Tier 1 contractors and other local businesses to find local suppliers. Whether you want some shelves put up, want to get a website designed or want to buy something - you post the 'opportunity' on the site, and local people email you with quotes.Anyone from any local business can register as a member of the site, and post or tender for opportunities. The business to business trading helps keep the Birmingham pound in Birmingham - and prevents environmental damage caused by buying distant products and services.The site doesn't just make contracts easier to find, though. It also helps local businesses grow to win bigger contracts - by sharing news and information on grants and loans. finditinbirmingham also hosts regular networking events - where business owners can meet the buyers and collaborate to win contracts together.
    Sign up today at - to find out what Birmingham's world-class local supply chain can offer you.
  3. finditinbirmingham breakfast networking events take place on the first Thursday of the month, and are a great opportunity to network and learn new skills from expert speakers.

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