Translink to offer prospective suppliers the inside track at engagement event next week


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Translink, Northern Ireland’s main public transport provider, has joined forces with InterTradeIreland to deliver a cross-border supplier engagement event with a difference.

Taking place on Tuesday 26th February 2019 in Titanic Belfast, suppliers from across Ireland will have the opportunity to not only meet Translink’s procurement team but also engage directly with decision-makers across the Group’s key business functions.

The event is aimed at SMEs and micro businesses across the island who are interested in tendering for upcoming Translink contracts.

Suppliers will gain an invaluable insight into Translink’s specific business needs and how they can most effectively offer their services. The event will include engagement opportunities across sectors including engineering, fleet and vehicle maintenance, construction, professional Services, property maintenance, marketing/PR and technology.  There will also be workshops examining various aspects of the tendering process plus a number of current Translink suppliers will discuss sub-contractor opportunities.

Speaking ahead of the event next week, InterTradeIreland Chairperson Ken Nelson MBE said:  “Now more than ever, businesses should be exploring cross-border opportunities and through events like this, suppliers can learn first-hand the best way to engage with buyers and meet their needs. This particular event provides SMEs with a unique chance to learn about Translink’s upcoming opportunities and to build connections with one of the key public sector buyers in Northern Ireland. It is widely recognised that SMEs can and do provide a valuable service to the public sector, so I would encourage any ambitious company from across Ireland to come along to this free event to meet buyers personally and showcase your company is invaluable.”

Translink’s Chief Financial Officer Paddy Anderson says it’s an exciting time to be doing business with the public transport operator:  “We deliver important services which really benefit society and last year over 81 million journeys were made on Translink services – the highest number in 20 years. Our business continues to grow as more people choose public transport as their first choice for travel in Northern Ireland.

“We have a diverse range of key projects including major infrastructure programmes like the Belfast Transport Hub / Weavers Cross development and exciting technology projects such as the Translink Future Ticketing Programme as well as ambitious strategic development plans for the Cross-border Enterprise Rail Service. So, attracting the best suppliers from across Ireland to meet all our business needs is essential to support our continued growth and success.

“By working with InterTradeIreland we are able to provide this unique opportunity for suppliers, particularly SMEs, to engage directly with us and help overcome any barriers which could deter them from pursuing opportunities with us in the future. We’re now encouraging any businesses who are interested in working with us to register and secure their place at this major event,” said Paddy.