Latest Build Lanarkshire programme set to begin

Michael McBrearty

BUILD Lanarkshire, a programme that guides local construction businesses on how to win new work from both the public sector and Scotland’s Tier One building contractors, is set to resume again from 21 October until 2 December.

Run in partnership with North and South Lanarkshire Councils, the initiative is conducted by hub south West.

A previous Build Lanarkshire programme which started in February had to be abandoned as a result of the restrictions caused by the Covid-19 pandemic as it involved participatory sessions at a series of venues throughout Lanarkshire. Some delegates have been carried over to the new programme.

The programme, which comprises seven four-hour online sessions led by specialists in their fields, will cover a range of issues including team building and wellbeing, strategy, marketing and brand development, financial management, compliance and legalities and tendering and procurement.

It will culminate in an online awards ceremony where participating businesses will present themselves in front of a jury comprising representatives of the two local authorities, Tier One contractors, and hub South West. Participating businesses will each also have one-to-one meetings with Tier One decision-makers.

Participating companies for this upcoming cycle include Carluke-based Omni Interior Solutions, Larkhall’s Clyde Windows, Lawncare Lanarkshire of Motherwell, John McQuillan Contracts at Eurocentral, and three East Kilbride-based businesses, Grossart Associates, EIS (Efficient Infrastructure Solutions) and Cairn Ecology.

Michael McBrearty, chief executive of hub South West, said, “With this our third Build Lanarkshire initiative we will be building upon the success that has already been delivered to the leaders of its participating companies in both broadening and deepening their grasp of the factors needed to win more new, bigger contracts from both Tier One contractors and the public sector.”