Events at Liberty Stadium for local suppliers to get involved with Swansea University's new Fabian Way campus
COMPANIES are being offered the chance of a piece of the action when work starts on Swansea University's new Science and Innovation Campus in Fabian Way.
Meet the Buyer events are being held at Swansea's Liberty Stadium with around 200 companies attending the first two and more events lined up over the next few months.
Earlier this week it was confirmed the £450 million project had cleared its final hurdle with the conclusion of an EU procurement process.
As a result Swansea University has signed a development agreement with regeneration specialist St Modwen and its selected contractor Vinci. Work is due to start within weeks.
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The university said the expansion plans also included the regeneration of its Singleton Park campus.
Around 4,000 direct jobs will be created during the construction phase, with a further 6,000 indirect jobs supported in the wider economy as a result.
Meet the Buyer events are being arranged as part of the search for local suppliers to get involved with the development.
They are being organised by a coordinated group of Swansea Bay Futures, Swansea Bay Partnership and the Welsh Government.
A university spokeswoman said: "The first events took place earlier this month at the Liberty Stadium with around 200 companies attending the presentations or having one-to-one meetings with the contractors.
"The next events are on April 17 and 18, again in the Liberty, and focus on nine trade areas.
"There are opportunities to either attend a general briefing on the development or to secure a one-to-one meeting, if the company is in one of the relevant trades."
She said further events would take place in July.
"They are a very important way of helping local companies get involved and to secure employment opportunities for local people with sub-contractors working on the project."
The events are free of charge but firms have to apply to be considered for an interview.
Application forms can be downloaded from swanseabay partnership.com/en/science- and-innovation-campus.htm