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Argyll businesses flocked to a virtual ‘meet the buyer’ event organised by renewables company RES ahead of the construction of Blary Hill Wind Farm near Glenbarr.
RES staff said they were overwhelmed by the interest in the virtual event on July 16, leading to a spill-over day being organised.
Fifteen businesses spoke to RES about the services they could provide during the construction of the wind farm and the project website has received more than 200 unique page views since the beginning of July.
Local businesses offering services including cleaning, fencing, haulage, transport, security, accommodation and electrical support all shared their skills and experience during the event.
RES’s construction project manager, procurement manager and main civil contractor spoke to local businesses on calls of up to 30 minutes. In addition to the Blary-specific information, the RES team provided general advice about working in the renewables industry and potential future opportunities at other projects.
RES is currently carrying out access work on the Barr Glen road in preparation for the removal of forestry from the site, which will help to support the production of key products, such as pallets, packaging, biomass fuel and face masks, and in the coming weeks RES expects to begin construction of the wind farm.
Iain MacCallum, construction project manager, said: ‘Connecting with local businesses is key to a successful construction project and bringing money into the local economy. I knew about some of the skills and experience businesses have in the area, as we’ve already used them at Blary Hill, but it was great to connect with so many more during the virtual meet the buyer event last week.’
David Croft of Kintyre Cleaning Solutions, said: ‘As a new business that is actively looking for opportunities as we emerge from the current health and economic crisis, I was impressed by the time, information and support RES provided during the meet the buyer event.
‘It’s clear RES wants to work with local businesses on this project and I thank the company for the opportunity it afforded myself and others to discuss the potential opportunities and our businesses.’