Friday, 13 February 2015

Exciting opportunities for businesses at Cambridge Park & Ride sites

Cambridgeshire County Council is inviting people to talk to them about business opportunities at the counties park & Ride sites.

Businesses are being invited to look for opportunities to use Cambridgeshire County Council’s seven Park and Ride sites which are visited by 3.3 million customers annually.

Cambridgeshire County Council is keen to develop proposals that enhance the facilities, support business and broaden the range of commercial activities at the Park and Ride sites.

The Council is holding a Supplier Open half-day on 24 February 2015 between 10am – 11am at Shire Hall, Cambridge, followed by a visit to Trumpington Park & Ride. Local, national and international businesses of all sizes are welcome to attend.

This event is the first step in mapping out the potential benefits of commercial development to both existing and new customers using these sites. Cambridgeshire County Council officers will be on hand to offer guidance and advice to all attendees.

Joseph Whelan, Head of Passenger Transport for Cambridgeshire County Council, said: “This is a real opportunity for businesses to step forward with ideas that will create commercial opportunities and added benefits for our millions of passengers. The move is part of the Council’s policy of supporting business, providing high quality services and looking for income to help support frontline services. We have already been contacted by a number of businesses who will be attending and look forward to hearing from more.”

Following the supplier event, development of viable commercial options will take place.  A formal procurement process will follow. The tenders will be advertised on Source Cambridgeshire http://www.sourcecambridgeshire.co.uk/ according to current procurement thresholds and interested businesses will be invited to bid.

Representatives from businesses wishing to attend the open day can register by contacting Elizabeth Sayers, Public Transport Business Manager. Anyone who is unable to attend this session can contact Elizabeth Sayers for an informal discussion.

Please contact her by email at elizabeth.sayers@cambridgeshire.gov.uk