Leading Cardiff based construction company LCB, has announced plans to work with Sell2Wales, the online procurement service, to actively promote the inclusion of female managers, engineers, and operatives, into the construction industry.
LCB, which already has female employees in important operational positions within its company, is looking to ensure the contracts it awards through Sell2Wales are genuinely open to all potential bidders and that no company feels excluded from the process of tendering to be one of its contractors.
This message is to be reinforced at a ‘meet the buyer’ event on the 28th February at the Cardiff City stadium, with the support of Construction Futures Wales, an initiative by Welsh Government and CITB, that offers the Welsh construction industry support to grow. The event will see LCB promoting opportunities for SME’s to join them within a number of areas, from painting and decorating and groundworks, to air conditioning, fire alarm and CCTV maintenance and installation.
The move to work closely with Sell2Wales follows initial support from a Business Wales tendering advisor and a period of extensive growth for LCB. It recently secured a number of 4-year contracts with Cardiff City Council for repair and maintenance, including fabric, mechanical and electrical works in the North of the city. It also works with Cardiff City Council on domestic property repair and maintenance and has ongoing frameworks with a number of housing associations and local authorities including, Newport City Homes, Trivallis, Rhondda Housing Association, & Bron Afon Housing Association to name a few.
Commenting on its move to ensure female workers are given the same opportunities as their male counterparts within the construction industry, LCB Managing Director, Liam Bevan, says:
“For so long construction has been seen as the ‘old boys’ club’ and a bit of a closed-door environment and completely male dominated. We are actively looking to change that through our work with Sell2Wales and feel very passionately that all companies have an equal chance of winning work with us on our contracts.
“Women have a huge part to play in the growth of the industry and that is finally being recognised. We hope to make a tangible difference and want SME’s with a female team or management to feel they can approach us and take part in the tendering process, confident that they have the same chance of success as any other company, allowing their work and ethos to speak for them, the way it should be. Our meet the buyer event on the 28th February is the first chance to make that a reality.”
Sell2Wales is part of Business Wales, which is funded by the European Regional Development Fund through the Welsh Government and supports the sustainable growth of small and medium-size enterprises across the country by offering access to information, guidance and business support.