Local businesses are being invited to showcase their products and services to health sector chiefs, procurement leaders and senior design teams from some of the UK’s largest construction firms, who will converge in West Bromwich in October. Balfour Beatty, Carillion, Laing O'Rourke and Skanska are already signed up to exhibit.
A particular peg for the event is the recent announcement that a £353m flagship hospital – the Midland Metropolitan - has been approved for development in Smethwick.
‘Meet the hospital bidders’ is being co-hosted by Sandwell Council, Birmingham City Council and Sandwell & West Birmingham NHS Trust at the Bethel Convention Centre on 9 October.
Councillor Ian Jones, Sandwell Council’s cabinet member for jobs and economy, said the timing was perfect. “Our region’s supply chain is admired across the world. Collectively, our businesses are capable of providing every component and service required to design, build and maintain a 21st-century healthcare facility.
“‘Meet the hospital bidders’ will provide an excellent opportunity for local businesses to show their manufacturing prowess, engineering ingenuity and advancements in medical, science and built-environment technologies to the very people who will soon be looking to procure healthcare-related products and services,” he said.
The event will be opened by former CBI chief Lord Digby Jones. It will include the launch of the West Midlands Virtual Hospital (WMVH) – a 3D walkthrough digital hospital to showcase locally made components, products and services.