BCEGI is inviting local suppliers and business to register for an event to meet with the contractor that is partnering with Cityheart and Wigan Council to bring forward the recently approved £135 million Galleries regeneration scheme. The event will take place at Wigan Youth Zone on Thursday, 18th November.

The previous event that was held in September was a great success introducing BCEGI to a number of potential local supply chain partners with more than 50 different local businesses in the event.   This second event is an opportunity for those businesses that were unable to make the first one.

Where possible, BCEGI is committed to working with local suppliers with the necessary expertise. Attendees heard from BCEGI construction director Aaron Adams about the timescales for the Galleries, how the project will be managed and how they can be best prepared to bid for the resulting contracts. This was followed by a detailed question and answer session.

Aidan Thatcher, Acting Director, Economy and Skills at Wigan council, said: “I was delighted to see so many recognisable local names and businesses show an interest to help deliver the Galleries project. With this project, alongside the Government’s commitment to levelling up across the country, it really feels like a positive time for our local economy.

They are evidence of all the additional benefits that the Galleries will bring to the local area, particularly as we look to begin the recovery out of COVID-19 and create business opportunities to support our local economy. These businesses will be a crucial part of the successful delivery of this nationally significant infrastructure project.”

Aaron Adams, Construction Director at BCEGI, said: “I was really encouraged by the large number and variety of local businesses who attended our last event, we’re looking forward to working with as many as we can throughout the Galleries project.

Our aim is to meet local businesses from Wigan Borough, Greater Manchester and the wider Northwest to help BCEGI establish long-term supply chain business relationships – something which is inherent to BCEGI’s commitment to the council and community.”

“I’d urge local businesses in the construction industries to register for this event to find out more about this project.”