Key role for SMEs in north Wales prison construction

Published on Wednesday, 15 January 2014 14:47
Written by Daniel Mason

More than 250 small and medium enterprises have had a chance to bid to be involved in the construction of a new prison for north Wales.

For the past two days business representatives from across north Wales, Cheshire and Shropshire have had an opportunity to present to Kier, Carillion, Lend Lease and Interserve – the four contractors bidding to build the new prison for the Ministry of Justice.

Today, prisons minister Jeremy Wright and the secretary of state for Wales David Jones visited the event to meet the contractors and local businesses.

Prisons Minister Jeremy Wright said: "This new prison will be a huge boost for the regional economy, with the creation of up to 1,000 jobs and an estimated £23m per year for the area.

"Small businesses are the lifeblood of our country and a real necessity for building a resilient, sustainable economy. That is why we are so keen to encourage contractors to use them in this major construction process.

"The prison will also be a first for north Wales, allowing offenders to be held closer to home, which will ensure better support for their rehabilitation and reintegration into the community on release."

Secretary of state for Wales, David Jones said: "I am pleased that many local companies have expressed an interest in helping provide the services required to build the new north Wales prison.

"By improving the infrastructure across the prison estate, the new Wrexham-based prison will bring many employment opportunities to the region.

"We are committed to encouraging smaller businesses to bid for contracts, so it is good to see so many local suppliers actively seeking the opportunities that creating a new prison provides."

Cllr Neil Rogers, Wrexham County Borough Council leader, said: "We are very keen to ensure that local companies benefit from the construction of the prison and this event is an excellent opportunity for them to meet and present their products and services to the prime contractors who are bidding to construct the prison.

"Over 100 Wrexham companies will have attended over the two days which shows the level of interest local industry has in this development and the potential it has to benefit from it."

Source: MoJ

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