I-Construct Roadshow: building networks and developing opportunities

Since its creation, I-Construct has supported over 300 members of the construction industry in the South East to access the connections, mentorship and financial support needed to meet sector challenges and grow sustainably. In the autumn of 2022, I-Construct is taking the opportunities to its members through a series of roadshows across Kent, Essex and East Sussex, where it will also promote the next phase of its support – a new supply-chain collaboration platform.

Supply-chain Collaboration Platform
I-Construct will be discussing its new supply-chain collaboration platform, which will help businesses develop local and regional supply chains around major construction projects. By creating and maintaining their information on the platform, members can, in one place, easily keep up to date with business development opportunities. The platform will also be used by the major projects themselves, along with tier-one and tier-two developers and contractors, to build relationships with local suppliers.

Construction supply-chain companies need to understand their clients, what procurement processes they use, what the key contract award criteria is, and the other companies or sectors with which they may need to collaborate. From a client perspective, working with local suppliers on these projects is vital as it creates local jobs, provides better value and adds to the overall social and environmental benefits of any investment. The new I-Construct supply-chain collaboration platform aims to directly strengthen and develop these essential local and regional supply chains in Kent, Essex and East Sussex.

In-person Roadshows throughout Kent and Essex
The I-Construct roadshows are a series of four unique events taking place across Kent, Essex and East Sussex from September until November, with the aim of helping construction industry professionals better access the market, get involved with major projects, connect to the supply chain and develop their business networks. The roadshows will also include speakers from tier-one contractors, who will discuss the most pressing issues in the sector, as well as outlining current opportunities throughout Kent, Essex and East Sussex.

The first roadshow of the series took place on 21st September in Maidstone, Kent, with subsequent events set for 28th September in Braintree, 19th October in Orsett, and 9th November in Tunbridge Wells. Interested parties can sign up for the event, free of charge, on I-Construct’s website: https://i-construct.org.uk/

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