Local businesses were offered the chance to provide goods or services to Castleford’s Five Towns Park development, at a special ‘Meet the Buyer’ event held in April 2016.
The development will be close to Junction 32 of the M62 and will include a new 10,000 capacity community stadium for Castleford Tigers, Highway Improvement works, Retail Units and a 50-acre country park with new wetlands and woodlands.
Work begins on site later this year and is due to be completed in 2019. Once operational, the development will create around 1,100 full time jobs on site with a further 2,000 retail jobs once the work is completed.
GMI, in partnership with Northern Regeneration CIC, organised the event held at Wakefield College’s Castleford Campus and provided businesses, who were interested in providing goods and services throughout the Five Town’s Park development, an opportunity to discuss potential contracts which would be available and were also provided with details to understand what is available across the district, in terms of training, employment and apprenticeship support packages.
Cllr Denise Jeffery, Cabinet Member for Regeneration and Economic Growth, said:
“The Five Towns Park ‘Meet the Buyer’ event was extremely successful, with over 100 people from 61 local businesses attending the event. The Five Towns Park will already provide a significant impact on the local economy through job creation and investment. By helping local businesses to provide goods and services to the development, we are encouraging even greater investment in our district.”
Dave Price, Project Director of GMI Construction, said:
“The Meet the Buyer event is the first of many engagement sessions with local businesses to showcase the opportunities at Five Towns Park, and with GMI Construction Group generally. Seeing over 60 businesses attending this morning’s event and showing an interest in the scheme is fantastic. We will ensure these sessions continue to ensure local companies are used on the project, and local people are given the opportunity to build their future. It was also a great venue which represents our alliance with the college to promote apprenticeships, get young people into construction and promote opportunities in the construction industry”.
Graham Ratcliffe, Director of Northern Regeneration CIC, said:
“We are extremely proud to be supporting GMI deliver local employment and skills targets associated to this iconic development. Today we spoke to companies who have made a commitment to start recruiting apprentices; this is another positive step forward for the benefit of local people.”