01 February 2001 | Cathy Hayward
A local construction supplier forum in Kingston Upon Hull has attracted over 500 firms and kindled interest as far away as Durham and Tyneside.
The aim is to help local firms get a bigger slice of Hull's construction boom. A training scheme has also been developed to cope with a labour shortage, after it was found that around 1,500 skilled construction workers are needed.
"The forum has been a huge success," said Alan Gotts, Kingston Upon Hull City Council's head of construction. "The council plans to spend a sizeable percentage of £560 million, part of the proceeds of the sale of the council's privately owned telephone company, with local suppliers over the next seven years."
Firms signing up to the forum's partnership deals include contractors, consultants and public sector clients such as Yorkshire Water.
"We plan to test the partnership model for another six months and then roll it out to other areas," Gotts said.