Over 100 local business people found out about the Finningley and Rossington Regeneration Route Scheme (FARRRS) and the opportunities it can offer them at a special event.
The ‘Meet the Buyer and Networking’ day, organised by Doncaster Council’s Business Doncaster team, enabled local companies to meet Carillion the main contractor for the new link road and the private sector partners whose developments will get off the ground thanks to the new route.
Mayor of Doncaster, Ros Jones, said: “The event was a big success with dozens of local companies meeting key contacts involved in the delivery of FARRRS. There was a real buzz as people networked and built relationships which could see their firm land work on this £56million scheme and the other projects which are set to transform Doncaster.
“Events like this can help local companies to flourish, provide work for local people and support the Doncaster economy. I want Doncaster to benefit at every point on the FARRRS journey.”
Michael Widdicks, Project Manager for Carillion Civil Engineering, said: “We have met a large number of companies and it is exciting there is so much local interest in the scheme. Wherever possible we will engage directly with these companies and point others in the direction of our sub-contractors who may have suitable work packages. We already have local contractors and workers on the project and we are committed to using local firms where it is appropriate.”
Kevin Baker, Director of Red Viking Group, based in Doncaster, said: “It’s exciting times for Doncaster. It has been a wonderful event giving local businesses the opportunity to meet some important business contacts. All being well we could land work packages within the rail and environmental monitoring areas for the new FARRRS road.”
Scott Hanson, from Addison Colbeck Consultants, a specialist building contractor and facilities management company, commented: “It was an opportunity to find out about FARRRS and what this means for Doncaster. We met the people behind it with a view to seeing what work is available.”
Peter Rodgers, Regional Director of Polypipe Building Products who employ nearly 1,000 people at their Doncaster operation, said: “It was a good idea for local companies to get involved at this early stage and a great opportunity for Polypipe to potentially help deliver FARRRS. It supports local companies in terms of helping to provide jobs for local people. It is a competitive world and this gives us a head start.”
Numerous local companies have benefitted from attending previous council organised ‘Meet the Buyer’ events. Cooper Lighting, Elite Shopfitters, Magills Painting Contractors, Norking Aluminium, Solutions4Cleaning and Togel Contractors are just a few of the Doncaster firms to have landed work after networking with buyers.
FARRRS enables the Peel Group to expand operations at Robin Hood Airport, Harworth Estates to build new homes on the former Rossington Colliery site and Verdion to create a new inland port, called iPort, also in Rossington.
More information on this major infrastructure project can be found at: www.doncaster.gov.uk/FARRRS
Any business who missed the event can find out more by contacting Business Doncaster. Further information is on: www.businessdoncaster.com