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16th May 2018

How do SME's get involved in major projects?

Half Day Seminar

Institution of Civil Engineers, London, 1 Great George Street, London, SW1P 3AA

The pressure on obtaining resources to deliver major projects is increasing. The current unfolding political environment will challenge the availability of all resources, skills and tradespeople. Most recently the news of the move into liquidation of Carillion PLC and the impact of that on their vast supply chain of SME’s, create added pressure on a fragmented sector.

Meanwhile, one of the Governments’ objectives is to encourage the use of Small and Medium-sized Enterprises (SMEs), and wants to work with more small businesses across the UK, who are seen as the ‘lifeblood’ of the economy. By 2022, the government plans that one third of its spend on goods and services will be with SMEs, either directly or through supply chains.

Many major programmes already identified are in the planning stage and in the near future will require specialist trades, innovation and delivery expertise. The breadth and range of skills and knowledge required is impressive – from heritage and restoration skills required to bring iconic Palaces back to life; to ‘digital technology’ skills set to transform our aging infrastructure.

In a sector, known for its fragmented supply base, how can Tier 1 Suppliers; Major Contractors and significant Joint Ventures; formed to be able to accept the management of the risks associated with the delivery of major Programmes and Projects, harness the wealth of industry knowledge and expertise currently sitting with Tier 3 and 4 SME’s?

How do SME’s actively showcase their ability to innovate, problem solve, or simply provide the skills and services necessary to deliver the major projects of the present and the future?

How can SME’s be engaged within major projects in a way that maximises their intellectual and skill-based contribution but offers a level of commercial protection?

This seminar is recommended for contractors, consultants, manufacturers and SME’s to hear how SME’s can make a difference to your major projects.


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