Enterprise Ireland is inviting companies of all sizes to register for a ‘Meet the Buyer’ showcase in Dublin next month.
The event will give companies from the construction, engineering, mechanical and electrical sectors a chance to meet with BAM Building Ltd, Jones Engineering Group and Mercury Engineering Ireland who have been contracted to build the new children’s hospital.
The event will take place at the Royal Hospital Kilmainham from 8am – 12 noon on 25 October 2017 and is free of charge but those who wish to attend are asked to register their interest with Enterprise Ireland.
On the day there will be face-to-face meetings between the buyers and potential suppliers which will enable companies to present themselves to the contractors with the aim of picking up business.
The meetings will be held in a ‘speed dating’ format and each supplier will have five minutes to make their pitch to their chosen buyers on a first come, first served basis.
The Department of Social Protection, Construction Industry Federation, Dublin City Local Enterprise Office, IntertradeIreland and Enterprise Ireland will also be present on the day and will set up a ‘Business Zone’ where suppliers can get information and support.
The new Children’s Hospital will be located on a 12-acre site on the St James’ Hospital campus and will have 4-acres of outdoor gardens and external space, as well as 380 individual inpatient rooms, with en-suite bathrooms and a bed for parents to sleep near their sick child.
John Pollock, Project Director, National Paediatric Hospital Development Board, said: “We are delighted to work with Enterprise Ireland on this ‘Meet the Buyer’ event. The construction of the new children’s hospital is one of the most significant in the history of healthcare in Ireland. “
“This is a beautifully designed hospital, which will enable those who work in it to enhance clinical outcomes for children and young people for generations to come. We hope that this event will give potential suppliers the opportunity to understand the project in greater detail and allow some of them to become part of this great flagship national project.”
Enterprise Ireland has held similar events in the past and believes that it can have a positive impact on the project while giving companies the chance to sit down together.
Julie Sinnamon, CEO, Enterprise Ireland, said: “Enterprise Ireland is committed to widening the access for Irish construction services companies to bid for significant building contracts. ‘Meet the Buyer’ events have proven to be beneficial to both parties, where Irish suppliers have the chance to be involved and gain experience in the delivery of world class building infrastructure, which itself builds strong domestic capability.
“This opens up opportunities to Irish construction services, allowing them to successfully compete for complex, large-scale projects internationally. I strongly encourage Irish construction suppliers and businesses to make the most of this opportunity to pitch for business.”
If you wish to attend the event with your company you can register on the Enterprise Ireland website here.