Categories: Business, PlymouthPublished On: 19.03.2024383 words2 min read

Devonport waterfront upgrades contract set to create supply opportunities for local firms

Dozens of businesses are set to attend an early morning networking event in Plymouth, UK, on Tuesday 14 May to highlight supply opportunities on offer during the design, installation, and refurbishment and/or repair of water management infrastructure across Devonport Royal Dockyard.

The breakfast session provides a fantastic opportunity for prospective suppliers to meet with Babcock International’s project team and main framework contractors Southampton Marine Services (the SMS Group) Ltd.

The free-to-attend meeting is being hosted at Plymouth Argyle FC’s Home Park stadium by the principal contractor, the SMS Group, Devon & Plymouth Chamber of Commerce and Babcock International.

Collectively they will unveil project plans and provide those attending with essential knowledge in readiness to supply materials, component supplies and specialist marine engineering services to future waterfront assets set for Babcock’s Devonport facility.

Elliot Biercewicz, Babcock’s Head of Procurement for site infrastructure based at Devonport, said: “One of our framework goals is to play a part in the ongoing development of our site and to see more money invested and retained in the South West economy, for the benefit of local communities as well as businesses.

“We’re delighted with this new inclusive supply chain approach because it not only opens up supply opportunities for local firms but sustains and creates jobs and allows local people to benefit from investment coming into the dockyard.”

Dave Chaffers, General Manager of the SMS Group, said: “As our framework develops for the renewal and upgrade of waterfront assets at Devonport, we are committed to engaging with the local supply chain to tailor work packages and share business and employment opportunities which will boost the local economy.”

Firms attending will get the opportunity to network, forge strong links with other local suppliers and meet face-to-face with engineers, procurement leads, and design experts involved directly with the framework projects.

If you think your business could supply goods, specialist subcontract and support services to this new water management framework sign up to attend for free. Visit to sign up.

  • Meet the Buyer Breakfast – Water Management Projects Special: Tuesday 14 May 2024 at Plymouth Argyle’s Home Park ground. Registration starts from 06:45 and the networking session runs until 09:30