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Need help learning about Casement Park stadium redevelopment business opportunities?

Sports Minster, Carál Ní Chuilín, has encouraged all construction firms interested in tendering for sub-contract and supplier opportunities in relation to the Windsor and Casement Park projects to attend the supplier information events.

dn_screenThe first event, aimed at those firms preparing for tender will be held on the 14 May at Belfast City Hall and is aimed at preparing SME’s and suppliers to be in a position to tender for future sub-contractor and supplier opportunities. The second ‘meet the buyer’ event will focus those interested in finding out about current and future sub contracting opportunities. Both events will be delivered in partnership by the Department of Culture, Arts and Leisure, Belfast City Council and the Department of Employment and Learning.

Speaking before the events Minister Ní Chuilín said: “These events are an excellent way for construction firms especially SME’s, to access information with regard to the business and employment opportunities associated with the Stadium Programme and Windsor and Casement Park redevelopments.

“There will be two events, the first aimed at informing local businesses of the supplier selection process which will take place on 14 May and the second will be an opportunity to meet the buyer to find out about current and future sub contracting opportunities scheduled for 29 May. This is an opportunity for construction firms to learn about the business opportunities on offer and network with the main contractors. I would encourage as many relevant construction firms and suppliers as possible to register their interest and attend.”

Employment and Learning Minister Dr Stephen Farry said: “Officials within my Department are working closely with DCAL and Belfast City Council to promote and maximise employment and apprenticeship opportunities through procurement contracts via social clauses. These clauses are an important mechanism in recognising the untapped potential that exists among the unemployed.

“The Employment Service Division organised a successful information event recently which highlighted the upcoming employment opportunities for the Windsor Park redevelopment. I commend DCAL for ensuring the two major stadia construction projects in Northern Ireland will provide job opportunities for our unemployed through the DEL Steps to Work programme and for our young people through apprenticeships.”

John McGrillen, Director of Development at Belfast City Council, commented: “As part of our Investment Programmed for the city, we have pledged to work with others to support local businesses and create jobs. The council is already working closely with the NI Executive to maximize the benefits of the Windsor Park stadium to the surrounding community, with plans to transform the neighbouring Olympia Leisure Centre site already well underway.

“These events will be of interest to companies linked to the construction sector, providing practical help and advice to access the wider opportunities both developments will provide. We also encourage people to come along and find out about the various business opportunities these major investments will create, particularly during the construction phase.”