Northern Ireland enterprise minister Arlene Foster has hosted a networking dinner for local construction firms to meet with Crossrail’s major contractors.
Foster was speaking at the first in a series of events being planned by Invest Northern Ireland to enable local companies to develop contacts with contractors already working on the huge investment project in London.
Twelve buyers from major contractors including Balfour Beatty, Bam Nuttall, Ferrovial Kier, Carillion, Costain, EdF and Morgan Sindall met directors of 40 local companies in the House of Lords at a special dinner and networking event about Crossrail opportunities.
“Crossrail is now the largest and most comprehensive construction and civil engineering project in Europe,” said Foster. “It is essential that Northern Ireland shares in the projected £15bn boost to the UK economy and the additional 30,000 new jobs that Crossrail is projected to provide.”
Invest Northern Ireland has appointed former project manager of the London 2012 CompeteFor contract leads website Nick Turberville to lead the initiative. The programme he is developing with Invest NI’s Trade team will include a series of ‘meet the buyer’ type events, site visits, one-to-one guidance, support on tender opportunities, requirements and procedures, as well as lead generation.