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Join our brilliant Building for Growth Programme starting March 2018

gordon“There are a lot of good businesses out there, but some have areas where they need to build capacity if they want to rise to the next level. For example, many are relying too heavily on the skills of one key person, some of the IT practices are not very efficient or robust, and marketing communications can vary from the sublime to the almost non-existent."
Gordon Hunter, Supply Chain Development Manager, hub South West

March 2018 sees the launch of our highly successful development programme for local supply chain members looking both to win contracts on hub South West construction projects but also to map out how to build their business over the next 5 years. March 2018 sees the launch of our highly successful development programme for local supply chain members looking both to win contracts on hub South West construction projects but also to map out how to build their business over the next 5 years.

Eighty four delegates from 62 companies have completed the programme since the first one in 2014, many of them going on to be successful suppliers to our Tier 1 Contractors.

Building for Growth is aimed at ambitious companies in construction and related sectors which are based in Lanarkshire, Ayrshire and Dumfries and Galloway. It run over 8 half-day sessions (10-2) over a period of 12 weeks, culminating in an Awards Event where the delegates pitch their business to our Tier 1 Contractors.

building for growth event

We are looking for entrepreneurial businesses looking to grow in a sustainable manner by building the skills and internal capacity to take on increasing volumes of business. A golden rule of the programme is 'no competitors', leaving you free to discuss any business issues, challenges and opportunities in a safe and supportive environment with a like-minded group of business people.

While the programme is free to attend, there is a substantial investment in time involved which you should take into consideration. Full information is provided at our short Information event in February.

Most of the sessions are held within the offices of our Tier 1 Contractors including Kier, Morrison, Graham, Morgan Sindall and Ashleigh, and we seek to ensure both that we learn from them, and that delegates are added to their supply chains as well as our own.

Programme 8 will start on Thursday 22nd March 2018. Companies participating in the programme will get the following benefits:

  1. The opportunity to learn from experts in their fields.
  2. Real progress through action planning and ongoing support to build capability and expertise in key business development areas such as people management, IT, tendering and marketing.
  3. Build relationships with hub's Tier 1 Contractors who meet delegates and pass on their expertise as various stages in the programme.
  4. Last but not least by any means, the opportunity to take time out of the business and meet and learn from like-minded business people and form lasting bonds and informal support networks.

Sessions include:

Pre-Programme support:  A Business Health Check to identify and clarify your business objectives, and what you need to put in place to help you to get there (approximately 2 hours).
Learning sessions:  (total of 28 hours of workshop sessions):

  1. You as a Leader in Your Business  -  Nature of Leadership / About You / Innermetrix (personality) Profiling
  2. Building for Growth - Strategic Growth and Exit Options / Getting the Right Team in Place
  3. Your Business - Business Analysis / Planning Tools / Mind Mapping
  4. Your Customers - Branding / Marketing Planning / Sales / Customer Care
  5. Digital Marketing - Delegate Websites / Analytics / Email marketing/Social Media
  6. A Good Corporate Citizen - Corporate and Social Responsibility/ Waste and Environmental credentials
  7. Smart Tendering - Supplier Development Programme/Public Contracts Scotland/ Constructionline/ Quick Quotes
  8. Pitching for Business - Presentation techniques and preparation for Awards Event

Final Awards Session:  Presentation to Awards Panel of Tier 1 contractors on 1) what you learned from the programme and 2) How you are going to move your business forward as a result. The 'hub South West Contractor of the Year' will be decided and awarded at the event.

Contact Gordon Hunter at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call on 07703 986825  if you would like a chat about participation in this or subsequent programmes.

building for growth event

Roll of honour: Participants in past programmes

Huge thanks are due to our facilitators who gave willingly of their time to conduct the workshops. It has been good to see that these sessions have already spawned a number of ongoing projects with our delegates, thus ensuring that the learning and development has progressed beyond the official end of the programme.

Allen and Hanel
Quantity Surveyors
Allstar Joinery
Joinery and shop-fitting
Armstrong Waste Management
Waste Management
Arvill Plant and Tool Hire
Plant and Tool Hire
Passive Fire Protection
Ayrshire Gasworks
Gas Services
Ayrshire Tree Surgeons
Tree Surgery, Woodland Management, Tree Surveys
Barriers Scotland
Barriers (airport queues!)
Black Light
Lighting, Stage AV and Sound
Building Futures CIC
Social Enterprise
## Burnbrae Contracts
Wet Trades, Roofing and tiling, Brickwork, Joinery
CCI Scotland
Landscape Contracting
Ceiba Renewables
Renewables - solar related
Plumbing and Heating
Clancy Consulting
Structural Engineers
CP Construction Solutions
General Builders
## Cube Glass
Glass doors and screens
Damada Asbestos Removals
Asbestos Surveys + removals
Damada Group
Asbestos, Land Remediation
## Indeglas
Interior fit-out/ glazed partitions
Derek Mitchell Electrical Ltd
Eco Insulate
Spray foam insulation and energy efficiency
Fair Secure
Security - CCTV, alarms
Flow Access
Aluminium Scaffolding
Hamilton Bricklaying
Hamilton Industrial Services
Drainage Works
JBB Groundcare
Grounds Maintenance
JG Findlay
Traffic Mgt, Forestry, Highway Maintenance
John Gibson & Sons Limited
Civil Engineering and Waste Management
Architectural Masonry
Lowland Training
Employability Training
## Martec Engineering
Secondary Steel, security doors
McEwan Osborne
All Trades Design and Construction
## McLaren Electrical Services
Electrical Services
Construction, Civils, Forestry. Public Realm
Munro Architects
National Sign
Paterson Landscapes
Landscape Contractor
PFP 2000 Ltd
Fire Protection + Plumbing supplies
Platinum Property Maintenance
Property Maintenance
Premium Timber Mouldings
Timber / UPVC Windows & Doors, bespoke joinery
Procast Contracts
Render, Roofing, External Wall Insulation
Racam Security and Communications
Security and Communications
Rhino Contracts
CH and Boilers
## Robert Potter and Sons
Architects and Project Managers
Safeguard Security Systems
Alarm and / CCTV systems and services
Mechanical and Electrical
Air-con, Ventilation, Cooling
Ve-tech Concrete Limited
Concrete production/ construction
VQ Construction
Joinery, Curtain Walling, Ceilings
## VWS Ltd
Security, CCTV, Fire
Worksmart Interiors
Interior fit-out and storage

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