Working with HS2

Business Growth Programme – HS2 Supply Chain Development Programme

At this event HS2 supply chain manager Kate Allen explained that HS2 is the largest infrastructure project in Europe and aims to more than double capacity on the Lines between Leeds, Manchester and London, through Birmingham and the West Midlands as well as cutting journey times.

SMEs are encouraged to register with the HS2 supply chain portal which will provide them with regular updates on the new business opportunities, as they arise. First tier supply consortia will need to source supplies and services in an open and transparent manner, overseen by HS2 and local suppliers will have an advantage.

Contracts have been let for enabling works and design and construction of the lines. Contracts for stations will be let in the near future, followed by rolling stock.

Other speakers, from Birmingham City Council, the University of Birmingham and Staffordshire Business Environment Network presented grant funds that are available to support SMEs in readying themselves to supply into HS2 and beyond.

Attendees can retrieve the presentations by clicking here:


It is estimated that 60% of HS2 procurement opportunities will be available to Small to Medium sized Enterprises (SMEs). The HS2 team wants local business to supply both the development and operational phases of the programme.

HS2 will require services for

  • capital construction – design, construction (including civils, engineering products, electronics, materials and power supply) and a range of materials
  • new rolling stock and track
  • the operation and maintenance of the new railway and its trains, including services such as station maintenance, lighting, catering, health and safety, waste management, fire prevention, IT & comms, security and business services – all the things that keep people working during construction and operation.


Also hear about available grants and business support available for business growth. Grants can help to pay for machinery, marketing support, accreditation, business systems improvements – all the things that could help you win part of the £56 bn HS2 investment.

Speakers include

Kate Allen, HS2 Supply Chain Manager

Rob Slater, HS2 Supply Chain Analyst

Suresh Patel, Project Manager, HS2 Supply Chain Programme

Matt Fletcher, Tamworth Borough Council

Matthew Jenkins, Business Growth Enabler, RBS

Case studies from businesses already involved

Who Should Attend: business including architects, builders, building services companies, manufacturers, engineering and energy companies, FM suppliers, caterers, accountants, security and service business, business intermediaries and support agencies

Date: Thu 12 October 2017

Time: 09:30 – 12:30 BST

Venue:Tamworth Enterprise Centre

Phillip Dix Centre

Corporation Street


B79 7DN

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MEBC is part funded by the European Regional Development Fund to provide Technical Assistance on Redevelopment of The Low Carbon & Environmental Goods & Services Sector.