With contracts worth £50 million per year available over the next 15 years, Transport for Wales Rail Services is committed to working closely with local businesses to ensure they benefit from these significant investment levels and the real benefits are felt across the communities they serve.
As part of that, Transport for Wales will be hosting two “Meet the Buyer” events in North and South Wales in November so local businesses can find out more and prepare their bids.
The events are delivered in partnership with Business Wales, the Welsh Government’s flagship business support service, and will take place in Newbridge Memorial Hall on Tuesday, 13 November, and Bangor University Management Centre on Thursday, 15 November.
Service and supply contracts will be available in multiple fields including:
- Train Spares
- Lease or purchase of road vehicles
- Depot Track Maintenance
- Station Cleaning
- Train Cleaning
- Facilities Management
- Rail Replacement Buses
- Staff and Customer Taxis
- Station Improvements Packages
- Oils and Lubricants
- Recruitment and Temporary Labour
Colin Lea Commercial and Customer Experience Director Transport for Wales Rail Services said:
“As part of our commitment to building a world class railway for Wales and the Borders, we are passionate about working with local companies.
“There are so many fantastic businesses doing so many great things in Wales and we are excited to be able to meet some of those people and potentially work together.
“Ultimately, we exist to give every community we serve the best possible service and reinvesting in those local communities and economies is something we are very keen to do.”
Transport Secretary Ken Skates said:
“We are investing substantially in rail infrastructure and rolling stock over the next 15 years and Welsh businesses need to be in a position to benefit from all relevant future contracts.
“These events provide companies with opportunities to meet contractors, speak to buyers, obtain a better understanding of what will be required and get ready to put themselves forward for serious consideration.”
Howard Jacobson, Tendering Adviser at Business Wales, commented:
“Business Wales have a plan in place to advise and help businesses all over Wales to become ‘Fit for Tender’ and be able to take advantage of this exciting opportunity over the next 15 years.
“Transport for Wales have an absolute commitment to ensuring that SMEs within Wales are able to take part in the supply of goods and services; and Business Wales will be delivering fully-funded workshops and advisory support to assist all levels of SMEs in the tendering process.”
The events will begin with key presentations, before moving to networking and small group sessions with TfW, Business Wales, Social Business Wales, Sell to Wales and Construction Future Wales.
Business Wales, which is funded by the European Regional Development Fund through the Welsh Government, supports the sustainable growth of small and medium size enterprises across the country by offering access to information, guidance and business support.