New networking initiative helps SME construction firms win business

HUB South West has launched a new networking arm called The hub Club, which aims to help SME firms win more business from Tier 1 contractors.

The initiative, which has already held events in Ayr, Cumbernauld and Dumfries, brings smaller companies closer to main contractors such as Morrison, Grahams, Ashleigh, Morgan Sindall and Keir. It also allows firms involved in a range of activities to meet and potentially do business.

Gordon Hunter, supply chain development manager at hub South West said, “We have been running a “Building for Growth” programme for companies throughout the south west of Scotland for a few years now and The hub Club idea evolved as a natural extension from our basic aim of getting people to meet, talk and learn from each other.

“We all know that people prefer to do business with people they know and The hub Club provides a regular forum for up to 40 companies at a time, to sit down in a room together and talk about their businesses, share their experiences and potentially collaborate on projects together.

“We welcome all companies in the south west region to join The hub Club and to participate in our series of monthly events into 2018. Anyone interested can find out more from our website.”

Michael McBrearty, hub South West chief executive added, “Our mission is to enable cost-efficient design and construction of community facilities within south west Scotland and to provide value for money and generate growth in the local economy through a new method of partnership working and procurement.

“A fundamental part of that approach is to ensure that as many local businesses as possible are hired to contribute their skills and expertise to these projects. The hub Club helps us to achieve that objective by harnessing the vast range of expertise that already exists amongst SMEs throughout the region and putting it to work.”