Businesses bid for their share

HUNDREDS of businesses across Northumberland have taken the opportunity to find out more about contracting opportunities.

A supplier event at County Hall in Morpeth last week was oversubscribed as all 400 places were snapped up.

The event was organised by Northumberland development company Arch to provide details and advice about £250million worth of contracts.

The session brought together representatives from AkzoNobel, Bernicia, Northumberland County Council and the National Renewable Energy Centre (Narec).

Bernicia Deputy Chief Executive John Johnston said: “Bernicia was delighted to participate in this excellent event to promote the opportunity for local contractors and suppliers to benefit from the £64million investment we will be making in Northumberland over the next five years.

“Maximising the impact of our investment by creating or sustaining local jobs and training opportunities will benefit the communities within which we work. From speaking with the partners and companies represented we are confident that we can work together to provide opportunities for the business community of Northumberland and make a real difference for the local people of the area.”

Services needed include large scale construction and engineering, concrete, aggregates, timber, carpets and floor coverings, secondary steel, drylining, suspended ceiling installation, raised access floors, business services, catering, property maintenance, waste management, roofing, decorating, fencing and stationery.

Businesses can still register their interest in contracts by contacting Robyn Murray at or by telephone on 01670 528400.