Almost 2,000 businesses have registered their interest in becoming a supplier to London Resorts, less than one month after theme park planners invited submissions.
With the project expected to create 48,000 jobs by 2038, an “inspiring” range of businesses from construction to F&B suppliers have applied to be included in the procurement process.
“We are delighted with the response,” said strategy and communications director Andy Martin. “It’s incredibly inspiring to see the range of businesses that share our vision to create one of the most exciting, sustainable entertainment destinations in the world.”
“We are passionate about advancing the skills and careers of local residents and contributing to local economic growth. We’re particularly encouraged to see so many small and locally based businesses registering.”
According to the London Resorts, 90 percent of registrations are from small and medium-sized businesses, allowing the group to meet government guidelines that require one third of total spend be allocated to SMEs.
Launched last month, the supplier pre-procurement register will also help developers plan Phase One of the £2.5bn Dartford theme park’s construction.
“The Register of Interest is helping us understand the wealth of experience, innovation and dynamism that businesses of all shapes and sizes can bring to this unique project,” added Martin.