Roads deal sparks cash boost for Norfolk firms

Traffic using the A47 Norwich southern bypass. Photo: Bill Smith

Traffic using the A47 Norwich southern bypass. Photo: Bill Smith - Credit: Archant � 2012

Norfolk firms are being urged to stake their claim on £17m worth of supply-chain contracts linked to maintaining the county's roads.

Rick Green, Lafarge Tarmac

Rick Green, Lafarge Tarmac - Credit: Archant

Infrastructure specialist Lafarge Tarmac has outlined its intent to use local firms 'wherever it can' when it takes over the Norfolk road maintenance contract next year.

The move has been heralded by the Solihull-based company as a chance to stimulate the local economy by using skills and expertise within the county. And it is encouraging Norfolk businesses to find out more about the deals through a series of meet the buyer sessions.

An event for small businesses will be held at Norwich City Football Club, Carrow Road on October 31, with meetings for material suppliers on November 7, and large businesses on November 14. Each event will start at 10am and finish at 12pm.

It comes after Lafarge Tarmac trumped the current provider May Gurney to the 10-year Norfolk County Council road maintenance deal worth £480m, which starts in April.

Rick Green, maintenance business director for Lafarge Tarmac Contracting, said: 'Norfolk-based companies have an important role to play in helping us to ensure the county's roads meet the needs of motorists and businesses, and that we help support the county council's growth strategy. By working alongside Norfolk County Council and using local companies wherever we can, we're aiming to not only help stimulate the local economy, but to do so by using local skills and expertise.'

David Harrison, cabinet member for environment, transport, development and waste at Norfolk County Council, said: 'I welcome Lafarge Tarmac's commitment to use local suppliers and support the local economy.

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'These 'meet-the-buyer' events are a great opportunity for Norfolk companies, and I am confident that there are many out there that can meet the high standards required.'