Three ‘meet the buyer' events will be hosted by Morrison Construction, on behalf of Hub South East Scotland Ltd, the Council's development partner managing the project.
The events will be held on:
• Thursday 22 May from 3pm to 7pm at Mayfield Library
• Tuesday 27 May from 3pm to 7pm at Gorebridge Library
• Thursday 29 May from 3pm to 7pm at Newtongrange Library
Representatives from Morrison Construction, Hub South East Scotland Ltd and Midlothian Council will be on hand to answer questions about the project and how you and/or your business can benefit.
All partners involved are committed to supporting local communities across Midlothian and this includes involving local suppliers and workers where possible.
Jeff Thornton, Construction Manager for Morrison Construction, said: "Morrison Construction is committed to a local supply chain wherever possible. Working with local companies brings a range of benefits: local knowledge, local people, supporting the local economy and reducing our carbon footprint. Morrison is always looking for high quality local subcontractors and suppliers to register with us and these bespoke events give the supply chain an opportunity to come and discuss work opportunities face-to-face with members of the senior team in a very effective way and I find them incredibly useful."
Paul McGirk, Chief Executive of Hub South East Scotland Ltd said: "One of the key aims of the Hub initiative is to ensure the delivery of community benefits for local people and businesses. This includes a commitment to involving local individuals and SMEs in construction and to this end we would encourage as many people as possible to attend these events in Midlothian."
Councillor Jim Bryant, Midlothian Council's cabinet member for economic development said, "Local companies should not underestimate the potential opportunities that the Newbattle project can bring and they should be making every effort to get involved. This is therefore an ideal opportunity to get face-to-face with some of the key decision makers."