01 June 2011

The Gatwick Diamond Meet the Buyers programme was developed in response to the growing need for efficiency and time management.

Set to boost the local economy
9:00am – 5:00pm, Thursday 30th June 2011, Arora Hotel, Crawley

The Gatwick Diamond Meet the Buyers programme was developed in response to the growing need for efficiency and time management. It loosely relates to the speed dating concept but for buyers and suppliers. Before the event suppliers will have the opportunity to study the Buyers’ Catalogue, a listing in which the buyers have highlighted their purchasing needs. From this, suppliers can identify the buyers that they would like meet with for 10 minute pre-arranged appointments.

Last year’s programme involved 364 local companies in total, with the estimated value of business generated through the programme just shy of £3m - an excellent result, and shows a year on year increase. Now in its eleventh year the 2011 Meet the Buyers event looks set to be even bigger, with 30 buyers already confirmed including companies such as: British Airways, Thales UK, MITIE and Gatwick Construction.

The event is designed to give local suppliers the chance to network with buyers who are looking for new and innovative suppliers for upcoming tenders, which they might not have met otherwise. Likewise, buyers get an opportunity to source new suppliers and develop relationships with local SMEs and other buyers in the area.

Last year Lynette Hollender from Balfour Beatty said:

“The ‘Meet the Buyers’ events have proved to be extremely productive for Balfour Beatty. In one day I can meet innovative suppliers matched to our requirements offering a new and effective approach to building supplier, buyer and contractor relationships. As a result of attending we have placed contracts with local suppliers”.

Rosemary French, Executive Director of the Gatwick Diamond Initiative said:

“The Gatwick Diamond Initiative is proud to sponsor the Gatwick Diamond Meet the Buyers programme once again. The event offers SMEs throughout the Gatwick Diamond region the opportunity to meet face to face with a range of large corporates operating in the area – and the workshops run in advance of the event are a great way to acquire the skills required throughout the tendering process. The Gatwick Diamond Initiative is a keen advocate of sourcing local suppliers, particularly during these difficult economic times, when the region’s economy will benefit from business growth in the area.”

The free workshops leading up to the Meet the Buyers event (30th June 2011), will help SMEs prepare for the networking day and the potential tendering opportunities beyond. Led by consultants with years of industry experience, these workshops are the most efficient way to get SMEs up to speed for Meet the Buyers and the prospective tendering process.

This year the workshops will cover: ‘Opportunities at Gatwick Airport’, ‘Tender Writing’, ‘Discover how to win Business in China and India’ and ‘12 Steps to Successful Marketing’.

The Gatwick Diamond Meet the Buyers 2011 event, sponsored by Gatwick Airport, the Gatwick Diamond Initiative, Crawley Borough Council, Mid Sussex District Council, Horsham District Council and supported by Reigate & Banstead, Tandridge and Mole Valley District Councils is taking place on Thursday 30th June 2011, 9:00am – 5:00pm, at The Arora Hotel, Crawley. The sponsors aim to promote local sourcing and improve growth in the Gatwick Diamond region. To encourage local SMEs to join this year’s event, the sponsors are subsidising the entrance fee for businesses operating in the Gatwick Diamond area.

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