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Local labour to build new Blackpool centre

Blackpool’s new conference centre is set to work with local suppliers in a bid to boost the region’s economy

Pictured: A computer-generated image of Blackpool's new conference centre

Blackpool’s new conference centre has made it a priority to work with local suppliers in a bid to boost the region’s economy.
A meet and greet event will allow local companies to meet with the main contractor, McLaughlin and Harvey, to talk about potential opportunities for suppliers and sub-contractors from the Blackpool area, with a view to employing local people in the build.
Cllr Gillian Campbell, deputy leader of Blackpool Council, said: “This is such a big project that we want the benefits to be felt throughout the town. That means not just local town centre businesses benefitting from the extra visitors, but local electricians and joiners getting involved with building the centre itself, creating local jobs and instilling some local pride.”
Christopher Collins, director of McLaughlin and Harvey, added: “McLaughlin and Harvey pride themselves on delivering high quality buildings, which we are certain the new Conference and Exhibition Centre will be. We will be seeking to work with local suppliers and subcontractors on this project to support the local economy.”
Builders, roofers, electricians, joiners and other local companies can find out more about the conference centre construction at the event on Tuesday 20 June at 2pm in the Pavilion theatre at the Winter Gardens.
Work on the £25m conference centre is expected to start later this year, with a provisional opening date of 2019. The development will increase capacity at the Winter Gardens allowing it to host more than 7,000 delegates.
The development, to be built on the site of the former car park on Leopold Grove, has already been successful in a £2.9m funding bid to the Coastal Communities Fund and has been allocated funding from the Government’s Growth Deal 3, managed by the Lancashire Economic Partnership.

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