BUSINESSES in Ayrshire’s construction industry will get a chance to find out more about winning high-value work from major building contractors at an event next month.

Following a highly successful initial programme in early 2021, a second online Build Ayrshire programme is set to launch in February.

Build Ayrshire is a development programme run in partnership with East Ayrshire Council, North Ayrshire Council and South Ayrshire Council and is managed by hub South West, the public-private partnership of local authorities, NHS, blue light services and leading construction industry Tier 1 building contractors including Morisons, CCG, Cruden, Graham, Morgan Sindall, Ashleigh, Bam, Robertson and Keir.

The programme is designed to support and help businesses in the construction sector in Ayrshire with ambitions to grow in a sustainable manner by developing skills and the internal capacity to take on more of business.

Build Ayrshire, delivered in eight half-day online sessions of practical instruction from February 3 to March 24, is free to attend but requires commitment from each participating business.

Participating companies can improve their business performance and, as a result, many experience high growth, enhanced day-to-day operations through participating in weekly topical workshops led by industry experts, and acquire skills that will help them improve their capability and capacity.

Mark Houston, supply chain development manager at hub South West, the public-private partnership of councils, the NHS and major building contractors which runs the programme, said: “This is simply a great opportunity for Ayrshire construction businesses to grow their business.

“The Build Ayrshire programme provides a brilliant platform to develop the business, establish key Tier 1 contacts and network with like-minded businesses.”

“This second Build Ayrshire programme follows on from 12 of our Building for Growth and four Build Lanarkshire programmes which we have run over the last seven years. We have continually honed the programmes to ensure the content and contacts provide an inspirational and valuable experience for all who take part.

“Over 150 companies have now ‘graduated’ from these programmes, many of which have improved their business and experienced high growth by both broadening and deepening their grasp of the factors needed to win more new, bigger contracts from the Tier 1 contractors.“All construction industry related businesses in Ayrshire which truly want to succeed will be most welcome