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Meet the Buyer session held for harbour board's Dover Western Docks Revival

By Sam Lennon

More than 100 companies and 250 people turned out for the Dover Western Docks Revival Meet the Buyer event.

It was for visitors from across Kent and the South East to learn about the scope of the forthcoming works at the Port of Dover.

Local businesses were able to discuss sub-contracting opportunities and were given details of forthcoming work packages plus given the chance to tender.

An artist's impression of the Dover Western Docks Revival after completion. Picture courtesy of Port of Dover

The event was hosted by the construction group VolkerStevin Boskalis Westminster (VSBW), in partnership with Constructionline, at Dover Cruise Terminal 1.

Jack Goodhew, general manager for special projects at the Port of Dover, said: “The day was a resounding success and it is clear local businesses are really interested in this exciting project.”

Stuart Eckersley corr, port director for VSBW, said: “Bringing together potential subcontractors are suppliers with a large principal contractor in this way is a fantastic opportunity to strengthen the local economy, forging new business relationships and bringing jobs and training opportunities for local people.”

Natalie Bart, key account manager for Constructionline said: “We believe strongly in the value that local suppliers can provide to main contractor supply chains.”

Constructionline is a service that reduces the duplication of administration when information is submitted for new project tenders.

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