COMPANIES in South Tyneside are reaping the benefits of a £30m borough housing scheme.
A number of local businesses have been appointed to carry out work at the Trinity South development in South Shields.
National housing and regeneration specialist, Keepmoat has appointed several borough and Wearside sub-contractors to work on the housing scheme at Laygate, located on the southern half of Frederick Street.
By working in partnership with South Tyneside Council, Keepmoat held a ‘meet the buyer’ event to find local suppliers to work on the project, which is creating over 200 new family homes in a five to six-year period as part of a major regeneration plan.
The event was held at One Trinity Green, next to the site, and aimed to attract local trades to bid for work on the development.
Ian Prescott, land and partnership’s director at Keepmoat, said: “The aim of the ‘meet the buyer’ event was to offer local firms the opportunity to network and make new contacts but also find out about upcoming contracts and opportunities and how to access our local supply chain.
“Our work is not just about building new homes but creating and sustaining local communities.
“We achieve this by working with local sub-contractors and people, ensuring the investment in these areas benefits those living there and the communities they serve.”
The event was very well attended and a number of businesses expressed interest in becoming an approved supplier to enable them to bid for work.
Local trades that have since been successfully appointed to work on the development at Trinity South include Groundwork South Tyneside Landscaping, Shaun Mathias Painting and Decorating, Wear Cleaning Services, John Flowers Roofing, ITC Plumbing and Heating and James Ingleford Scaffolding.
Four local apprentices have also been taken on by Keepmoat or their sub-contractors as part of their commitment to investing in South Tyneside.
Mr Prescott added: “At Keepmoat we have a commitment to use local suppliers and trades wherever possible and we’re always looking for new ways to find them.
“We were pleased to be able to work in partnership with South Tyneside Council who share our ethos of investing in the South Tyneside area and we will certainly consider taking this approach with any other local projects we have in the future.”