The North West Region Cross Border Group – incorporating the Councils of Donegal, Derry/Londonderry, Strabane, Limavady and Magherafelt – has recently hosted a highly successful Meet the Buyer Event as part of its North West Construction Network Programme.
The Programme – which is funded by the European Regional Development Fund under the INTERREG IVA Programme – provides practical support to construction-focused businesses in the 5 above council areas to identify new business opportunities… and to gear up to convert these opportunities into new business.
The day-long event took place at The Elk Hotel outside Magherafelt in early September. One of the common complaints that many SME owner-managers – especially in the construction sector – have is that they cannot get to meet with decision makers on major construction projects.
The aim of the event was therefore to provide participants with the opportunity to engage directly with these key decision makers from some of the leading players in the Construction sector, including O’Hare & McGovern, SISK, Sammon Surveyors, Apex Housing, Heron Bros and McLaughlin & Harvey.  
The event proved a great success with the majority of the 41 attendees having the potential to win work with a value ranging from £1k to £12million.  In most cases, these are new tendering opportunities that the participants would not otherwise have secured.
Enda Healey of Source Civil, Donegal said: “The event was very well organised.  I got a lot of potential new clients.  I think it has opened up opportunities that we wouldn’t otherwise have been aware of.”
The Meet the Buyer event marked the end of Phase 2 of the North West Construction Network Programme however work is already well under way to recruit 50 SMEs for Phase 3.k
Said Simon Devlin of delivery agents Full Circle: “Phase 3 of the Programme is all about helping the 50 participants to explore business opportunities outside their traditional markets. It will involve workshops, one to one mentoring, sales prospecting and 2 major Meet the Buyer events – one in Dublin and one in London.”
For further information on the Programme go to www.nwrcbg.org or to obtain an application form, please contact:  Tel: 028 9069 1027 (048 9069 1027 from Co. Donegal) or email: [email protected]

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