Cosby Parish Council

Serving the people of Cosby

Clerk: Les Phillimore
76 Springwell Lane, Whetstone
Leicester LE8 6LT

Tel: 07802 303936

Service supplier event for the new HMP Fosse Way prison

Business owners and service providers are invited to a major promotional event showcasing supplier opportunities at the new HMP Fosse Way prison.

The suppliers' drop-in event, organised by Blaby District Council in partnership with Serco, takes place on Wednesday 25 January from 5pm to 7pm at the Hilton Hotel, 21 Junction Approach, Leicester.

In May 2023 Serco will begin operating the new £170m Fosse Way resettlement prison, which is being built on the site on the former Glen Parva Young Offender's Institution in Glen Parva.

The suppliers' event will highlight opportunities for local small and medium sized enterprises to provide goods and services to the new prison.

Among the service opportunities available are: window cleaning, pest control, landscaping services and products such as plants, shrubs and trees, veterinary care and dog supplies, local delivery firms and taxis, local repairers – electricians, plumbers, gas engineers, painters, carpenters, AV equipment specialists, caterers – buffet lunches for meetings etc, local food ingredient suppliers, firms offering employment/training opportunities to prisoners, local printers and vehicle services. This list is not exhaustive.

HMP Fosse Way will house 1,715 Category C prisoners – those in the second-lowest risk category who are approaching the end of their sentences - and focus on rehabilitation and reintegration back into society through education, training and employment.

The ongoing construction of the prison, which features seven, four storey accommodation blocks, ancillary buildings and a newly approved extension block, has already provided jobs and apprenticeships and Serco is keen to see those close links with the local community continue.

Councillor Ben Taylor, Portfolio Holder for Planning Delivery and Enforcement and Corporate Transformation, said: "This is a great opportunity for local small and medium sized businesses to benefit from and contribute to this future-focused facility. If you are interested then please join the team on Wednesday and discuss the many opportunities available."

A spokesperson for Serco said: "Our intention is to work with the area's communities and supply chain to offer opportunities for local people with the desire and values to work with us, for local organisations to deliver their products and services, and to collaborate on training and vocational skills with those who have served their sentences. Our wish is to provide a skilled and motivated pool of employees for the regional labour market."

You can register for more details here enterprisingblaby@blaby.gov.ukor simply just turn up on the day.

Posted: Tue, 24 Jan 2023 08:46 by Les Phillimore

Tags: Business