Constructionline has launched its programme of Meet the Buyer events for 2013 after more than 2,000 trade contractors met with potential clients last year.
Eight events in 2012 led to a host of new wins with Main Contractors for specialists.
Flooring specialist Oracle joined Vinci’s supply chain following a Constructionline event.
Director Simon Taylor said: “This was our first event with Constructionline and we were pleased to find that a lot of the buyers attending were big players in the industry.
“Instead of usual situations where you have a two minute appointment to try and pitch your company, the day had a much more relaxed atmosphere.
“We could move from buyer to buyer, discussing potential opportunities to join their supply chain list – an opportunity we wouldn’t have found elsewhere.
“We’re thrilled to have been signed up to VINCI Facilities’ supply chain database from attending this event.”
VINCI Facilities also registered three specialists on its supply chain following the Kent ‘Meet the Buyer’ and one was awarded a £500,000 contract.
Sally Bedwell, head of business development at VINCI Facilities Building Solutions South said: “Constructionline is our main source of new suppliers and with its help we are able to build reliable supply chains in the areas where we work.
“I would encourage any prospective suppliers looking to work with us to come along to future events and talk to us about working together.”
Philip Prince, sales and marketing director at Constructionline, said: “It’s gratifying that our events have helped construction companies find work and boosted the local economies where our buyers work.”