Monday, October 7, 2013

News: SSE urges Rotherham firms not to waste contract opportunities

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Local businesses will get the chance to express an interest in contracts in Yorkshire with SSE, one of the largest utilities companies in the UK and partner in the multi-million pound waste treatment facility being built at Manvers, Rotherham.

SSE has launched a new Open4Business web portal which gives local firms details of contract opportunities available, similar to a scheme used at the London 2012 Olympic Games.

A free event is being held in Rotherham on October 15 for local firms to learn more about how the portal works and the contact opportunities that are available with SSE and local authorities.

The energy giant spends around £200m each year in the North of England and is committed to helping small to medium enterprises in the areas in which it operates. SSE projects in Yorkshire include the new waste treatment facility being built at Manvers for the Barnsley, Doncaster and Rotherham (BDR) Waste Partnership with Shanks.

Currently under construction adjacent to the NEXT warehouse at Brookfield's Park, the facility is designed to create material suitable for recovery and recycling. It is set to open in 2015 and receive up to 265,000 tonnes per annum and treat leftover household waste from Barnsley, Doncaster and Rotherham.

The three councils secured £77m through the Private Finance Initiative for the scheme and the partnership between SSE and Shanks (called 3SE) signed a 25 year contract worth in excess of £750m with the BDR councils for the treatment of black bag waste.

Alistair Phillips-Davies, chief executive of SSE, said: "SSE is investing around £4m a day in new energy infrastructure throughout the UK and we want to see real economic and social benefits flow to local businesses and communities as a result.

"The Open4Business portal is a critical part of our approach in creating the strongest possible local supply chain. Quite simply, if local companies want a share of our investment in their area, Open4Business is the best route to get it."

The free event is being held at the Holiday Inn Express at Manvers and has been funded through RiDO's South Yorkshire Sector Growth Enhancement Programme (SYSGEP), which is part financed by the European Regional Development Fund through the Yorkshire and The Humber ERDF 2007-13 Programme. The project aims to support both inward investors and expanding indigenous businesses to accelerate private sector expansion and increase the competitiveness of the region's business base.

Tim O'Connell, business development manager at Rotherham Investment and Development Office (RiDO), said: "We have a number of high quality companies in the Rotherham area, and through this event we're pleased to be able to help them find potential future business opportunities."

Businesses wishing to attend should register as soon as possible on the RiDO website.

BDR Waste Partnership website

Images: 3SE / BDR Waste Partnership

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