The leader of Forest Heath District Council is urging local businesses to grasp the opportunities of millions of pounds of new contracts to be awarded by USAF.
The 48th Contracting Squadron at RAF Lakenheath, manages £145 million portfolio of routine contracts. Up to £75m of these contracts are available for the short, medium and long term. Most of these contracts are for work at RAF Lakenheath and RAF Mildenhall although there are also contract opportunities for services including grounds maintenance, cleaning, and refuse collection at 12 RAF Locations across the UK.
Councillor James Waters, leader of Forest Heath District Council, said: “There is a great opportunity here for our local businesses to grasp some major new contracts right on their doorstep. Whether you are a trades person, caterer, cleaning firm, equipment supplier, whether you work in grounds maintenance, laundry services, service facilities or some other line of work, don’t let this chance go begging.”
Businesses or trades people interested in finding out more about the contracts that are available should email 48CONS.PKP.VENDORS@US.AF.MIL<mailto:48CONS.PKP.VENDORS@US.AF.MIL>
You can also keep up-to-date with contract opportunities by following the Squadron’s Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/48CONSBizOppsUK
John Dugmore, chief executive of Suffolk Chamber: “We enjoy an excellent long-term working relationship with the 48th Contracting Squadron at RAF Lakenheath and know of a number of our members who are currently delivering contracts at the airbase. Given that improving procurement opportunities is one of Suffolk Chamber’s manifesto aims, we would urge as many local businesses as possible to contact the airbase to find out more information both about the process and the specific opportunities available.”
Lt Col Adam Coyne, Commander, 48th Contracting Squadron, said: “We have a strong relationship with both the council and the Chamber of Commerce and we are very much looking forward to working with more of our local businesses over the months and years ahead.”
While the Contracting Squadron are specifically managing contracts for the routine work at the bases, there will be further opportunities as part of the wider work around the expansion programme at RAF Lakenheath. The United States Government has already said that it is looking to invest more than $1billion in the expansion and wants to employ local trade people to carry out the various elements of the construction work that will be required.