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New scheme aimed at helping sub-contractors win big projects

A new scheme aimed at sub-contractors who have traditionally shied away from pursuing opportunities with major contractors on large-scale construction schemes and other regeneration projects has been launched.

The Construction Sales Growth Programme will involve the recruitment of up to 50 representatives of local sub-contractors in the city working in a wide range of areas from mechanical and electrical engineering to landscaping, shop-fitting and interior design.

The project is the brainchild of Belfast City Council and Shirley McKay, who is head of economic initiatives, pointed out that the construction sector has suffered greatly over the last few years.

"We are determined to do everything that we can to breathe new life into the sector," she said.

"More specifically, we see the Construction Sales Growth Programme as a great way of bringing buyers and suppliers together, thereby creating mutual opportunities."

The programme will be delivered by Full Circle Management Solutions Ltd and GEL Ltd.

Simon Devlin, managing director of Full Circle, said he anticipates that the project will create a host of real new business opportunities for the participants.

"Our priority now is to roll up the sleeves, get the businesses on board and to then begin work with them to get them ready to meet with the key decision makers higher up the local construction supply chain," he said.

Owner-managers of Belfast-based sub-contractors who wish to find out more about the programme should contact Eamonn Cavlan at Full Circle on 02890 691027 or e-mail eamonn@full circle.eu.com.