Schools PPP Meet the Buyer events – connecting local suppliers to opportunities in the construction sector


The National Development Finance Agency (NDFA) in partnership with Enterprise Ireland & BAM PPP will host two information and networking events connecting local suppliers to opportunities in the construction sector under the Schools Public Private Partnership (PPP) Bundle 4 programme.

The events take place on Tuesday 6th October in Crowne Plaza Hotel in, Dundalk, Co Louth and on Thursday 16th October in Charleville Park Hotel in charleville, Co Cork, commencing at 4pm.

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These free events will highlight supply chain opportunities for SMEs and microbusinesses with BAM PPP as they advance their work on four post primary schools in Clare, Tipperary, Cork and Louth. Attendees will find out how to become a sub supplier to the projects and have speed meetings with a team of specialists from BAM PPP.

Registration for the Meet the Buyer event is free and interested companies can now register to attend on <>

Tuesday 7th October 2014 from 4pm to 7.30pm
Crowne Plaza Hotel, Dundalk. Co. Louth
Thursday 16th October from 4pm to 7.30pm
Charleville Park Hotel, Charleville, Co. Cork

The Schools PPP project – part of a €1.4 billion PPP programme included in the Government’s Infrastructure Stimulus Plan – will see 10 new and replacement schools built in counties Carlow, Clare, Cork, Louth, Meath, Tipperary, Wexford and Wicklow. In total these schools will provide accommodation for approximately 7,850 students.
BAM PPP is the preferred tenderer for four of these school building projects

  • Comeragh College, Carrick on Suir, Co.Tipperary
  • Skibbereen, Co. Cork
  • St. Joseph’s, Tulla, Co. Clare
  • St. Mary’s, Dundalk, Co. Louth

The schools will be fully furnished and equipped (except for specialist educational equipment) as part of the PPP contract with elements of the fixtures, fittings and equipment to be maintained over the 25 year lifetime of the PPP contract.

There will also be an Enterprise Support zone at the event, where attendees can get information on business supports through the Local Enterprise Office network and Enterprise Ireland. The Department of Social Protection will provide delegates with information on the Pathways to Work initiative (including the Jobs Ireland Services) and check eligibility for the JobsPlus scheme.

Brian Murphy, Chief Executive of the NDFA, which is responsible for the delivery of €650 million of education, health and justice PPP projects under the Stimulus Plan, said: ‘These events are a great opportunity, both for possible suppliers and the preferred bidder. SMEs get direct access to the buyer while the buyer has the opportunity to meet suppliers face-to-face and find out about their capabilities. And of course the resulting business relationships can also have a wider application beyond this individual project’.

Julie Sinnamon, CEO Enterprise Ireland, said: ‘The national school building projects are a boost to regional economies and we are working closely with the Local Enterprise Office network, the local Chambers of Commerce and industry associations to ensure local suppliers are made aware of this important pitching opportunity with BAM PPP.
Our Public Procurement team is working with the public sector to help Irish SMEs win contracts/projects with the Irish public sector. These contracts are both lucrative and are excellent reference sites as they sell into export markets”.

For more information on how to register for the Meet the Buyer event please visit:

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