Local firms pledge announced for Gravesend Heritage Quarter

PUBLISHED: 14:25 23 November 2012

Local firms will be prioritised for work on the proposed Gravesend Heritage Quarter, developer Edinburgh House has announced.

The pledge, made last week at a meeting with local businesses, will mean firms from Gravesham and its surroundings that tender for work will have an advantage over those based elsewhere in the country.

Sonny Sian of construction company Sian Formworks, whose headquarters are in Gravesend, said: “Increasing the chance for local businesses to work in their home town is a great way to help the existing business community benefit.”

Edinburgh House will also require firms to take part in training programmes that offer work experience and apprenticeships to young people through a partnership with North West Kent College.

If planning approval for the plans is granted, the first round of contracts will be for construction, followed by retail and management, hospitality and facilities.

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