North Cumbria Integrated Care Trust (NCIC) and GRAHAM are inviting local businesses the opportunity to be part of the team who deliver the next phase of the redevelopment of the West Cumberland Hospital.

NCIC alongside GRAHAM have a responsibility to ensure the way the redevelopment project operates reflects the needs of our communities. The project aims to deliver a state of the art hospital which will benefit the local community for years to come, whilst also creating infrastructure, supporting communities, and enabling growth to deliver community benefits and additional social value.

To achieve this, GRAHAM have organised a ‘Meet the Buyer’ day on the 14th of September. ‘Meet the Buyer’ events are aimed at offering local business an opportunity to meet with a main contractor which has won public sector business. This is a collaboration with the Trust and the Chamber of Commerce to ensure local suppliers have the opportunity to provide services and to be part of the supply chain that will deliver Phase 2 of the construction works at West Cumberland Hospital.

The benefits of offering this opportunity to local suppliers are vast to the community, it offers the chance to fuel local economies by encouraging spend within the community; as well as offering meaningful employment to locals as well as creating improved environments and infrastructure. 

Executive Director of Performance at NCIC, Dean Oliver said:

“When delivering this kind of project it is vital that the local community have the opportunity to get involved, right from the outset.  The hospital and its services are here to provide the local people with the best possible healthcare provisions, but if we can improve the local community along the way by creating jobs, spending public funds in the local area and improving infrastructure then we will aim to do so.”  

If you’re a local supplier and would be interested in joining the ‘Meet the Buyer’ event please register your interest via the GRAHAM webpage, suppliers will then be offered a time slot to meet with GRAHAM. The event will be held at Barclays Eagle Labs Whitehaven; The Bus Station, Bransty Row, Whitehaven on Tuesday the 14th September. 

Work on the phase 2 of the redevelopment of the West Cumberland Hospital is well underway, with the build set to begin in 2022 subject to approval of NHS Improvement.  The firm in charge of bringing the project to fruition, GRAHAM, have recently delivered the newly opened Cancer Centre at the Cumberland Infirmary. 

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