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Salford ready to give a helping hand to local businesses with inaugural ‘Meet the Buyer’ event

By Chris Higgins

A new event organised by Salford City Council is aiming to help foster relationships between businesses in the area.

The inaugural ‘Meet the Buyer IN Salford’ event will be held at Digital World Centre, Salford Quays, next month in order to help local companies network with each other.

Small businesses in Salford are being given the opportunity to meet up and pitch ideas to each other alongside big players in the region including the BBC and Ener-G.

It is hoped that by providing the chance to meet those in charge of contract buying it will save smaller companies time and effort trying to find the right person to talk to.

The event addresses concerns raised by company heads at last month’s Business Summit with City Mayor Ian Stewart.

At the summit, businesses urged the Mayor to help them build a network of local companies in order to make the most of the district’s contract opportunities.

Mayor Stewart said: “This event is another chance to help businesses to build relationships that will help them to prepare for economic recovery.

“Our role in local government is to encourage and facilitate these relationships, ultimately helping to create jobs and opportunities for our city’s residents.”

Organised by Salford City Council’s business team, this latest attempt to boost community employment comes hot on the heels of the Salford Futures Initiative, which will also feature at the event.

The initiative, launched in August, provides 100 voluntary work placements in the City Council to give valuable experience to unemployed residents looking to improve their CV.

At next month’s business event, the council will offer small regional companies access to the talent pool of volunteers who have completed their placements.

Support is also being offered to companies that wish to recruit residents through apprenticeships as the council continues to tackle youth unemployment in the city.

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