Black Country Chamber hosts roundtable for the Houses of Parliament Restoration & Renewal Programme

18 Nov 2021

Published in: Black Country Chamber of Commerce News

The Programme will create thousands of new jobs and apprenticeships, on and off-site, deploying labour, materials and contracts from across the whole of the UK

The Black Country Chamber of Commerce, in partnership with the British Chambers of Commerce, will be hosting a roundtable event with the Houses of Parliament Restoration & Renewal (R&R) Programme, the biggest and most complex building restoration project ever undertaken in the UK.

The R&R Programme has been set up to tackle the essential work needed to the Palace of Westminster, home of the UK Parliament, which is falling apart faster than it can be fixed and is in urgent need of repair.

The Programme will create thousands of new jobs and apprenticeships, on and off-site, deploying labour, materials and contracts from across the whole of the UK. This historic project will need a variety of specialist skills and a range of both building conservation and heritage trades.

The roundtable event will focus on how the project can benefit the Black Country in terms of jobs, skills and contractual opportunities and will be made up of leaders of relevant local businesses in the construction, heritage, conservation, skills and supply chain sectors as well as leaders of regional business representative organisations and local political stakeholders.

The R&R Team are keen to explore The Black Country’s regional strengths that are relevant to the Programme and any potential barriers that prevent businesses from getting involved. They also want to understand how they could help address the region’s Skills gaps that might exist.

Chamber CEO Corin Crane commented “This is a great opportunity for the Black Country to shape the procurement process of a national project with significant historical interest. It will help ensure procurement processes are inclusive and accessible to individual tradespeople, SMEs and large companies alike.”

For more details, please contact Calum Nisbet on calumnisbet@blackcountrychamber.co.uk

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