Work has now started on the highly anticipated Shakespeare North Playhouse, and local businesses are already beginning to reap the benefits of this prestigious development.
Huyton-based Fieldway Group Ltd is one of the first contractors be successful in securing the Temporary Electrics contract with Kier North West. Keen to maximise on the opportunities for the business, Company Director Tony Carden attended the Shakespeare supplier event facilitated by Knowsley’s Growth Hub team.
“We have worked for Kier previously but the contracts have always been further afield so we really benefited from meeting with Kier regional representatives – Neil Carson (Supply Chain Manager) and Sheryl Moore (CSR Manager). Both Neil and Sheryl highlighted the importance of social and inclusive value and having the opportunity to have one-to-one discussion helped us to further reflect on the positive social value elements already embedded within our business.”
All Fieldway staff are local residents, and over the last ten years the company has recruited 36% of its staff via the Knowsley Apprentice Programme. They currently employ 5 apprentices, one of which will be assigned to The Shakespeare North Playhouse. Acknowledging that Fieldway did not require support with apprenticeship training, Kier ensured two members of staff would benefit from ILM Leadership Training.
Neil Carson, Supply Chain Manager at Kier, said:
“From our initial appointment, we have worked collaboratively with Knowsley Council and other key stakeholders involved in the project to open up tendering opportunities to local SME’s based within Knowsley and the wider city region.
We recognise the benefits appointing local SME’s brings to the local economy and community and supporting the Knowsley Pound is a key driver on the Shakespeare North Playhouse project. Fieldway are a growing Knowsley business, employing local people and have a proven track record of supporting apprentices via the Knowsley Works team. All of these factors played a major part in Fieldway securing this package.”
Tony Carden continued:
“We are really proud to be part of this major investment in Knowsley. The Shakespeare North Playhouse will be a real asset to local Prescotians, and the wider community in the city region. Most importantly it’s fantastic to win work locally and we recognise the positive impact this will have on our employees and local supply chain.”
Cllr Tony Brennan, Knowsley Council’s Cabinet Member for Regeneration and Economic Development said:
“I am delighted that Fieldway have been successful in securing this contract, it’s great to see local companies being part of this amazing project. The Shakespeare North Playhouse will be a major new asset for Knowsley and the wider region and as part of the construction contract with Kier, there have been and will be more opportunities for local companies to tender for work and to be involved in this one off construction.
If any local businesses want to find out more, they should get in touch with our Growth Hub Team who can provide advice and support.”
Knowsley Growth Hub is a unique partnership between Knowsley Council and Knowsley Chamber. To find out how the Knowsley Growth Hub can help your business call the team on 0151 477 4000 or email business@Knowsleygrowthhub.co.uk
Located on Paramount Business Park – Fieldway Group is an established electrical contractor carrying out electrical services throughout the UK. For more information why not visit their website www.fieldway.co.uk