HS2 recently announced the formal start of construction of the new railway between London and the West Midlands signalling that the MWCCs are moving to full construction of the railway. Balfour Beatty is the one main HS2 works contractor in the Phase One area of Staffordshire. More information can be found on the HS2 in Staffordshire website.
Over 1,000 businesses local to the new railway are already delivering work on the project, 70% of which are small and medium sized businesses.
Local service providers
HS2 Ltd and contractors would like to understand what services local businesses in and around the line of route can offer and there is a short registration form where local businesses can register their interest.
Examples of local services required include:
- Transport and Logistics – transport individual and workforce, vehicle management
- Site Services – cleaners, waste disposal, clothing, generators
- Creative Services – video, photography, graphic design, stationary, printing
- Food and Catering - onsite catering vans, drinking waters, vending machines
- Accommodation - B & B, site offices, modular buildings
- Trade and Construction – painters and decorators, electricians, machinery hire
- Employee Services – hair dressers, child care, entertainment, laundry services
Details of opportunities including ITTs issued, contracts awarded and contracts that have been withdrawn can be found here.
Contracts awarded include:
- Tree Clearance
- Driver Training
- Steel Structures
- Temporary Hoarding
- CCTV installation
- Secondary Glazing
- Traffic Marshalling
- Temporary Cabins
- Small Plant and Tool Hire
Register your interest in supply chain opportunities on the CompeteFor website or alternatively contact one of our Business Engagement Team at email@example.com to discuss your HS2 involvement further.
Business and Local Economy Fund
This funding programme is targeted at organisations which have formal objectives that support the development of local business/tourism. You are eligible to apply for funding if your organisation is formally established for public benefit and is not for profit. The grant will not directly fund individuals, limited liability partnerships, private sector company/business or any organisation that cannot demonstrate appropriate governance.
Applications can be for capital or revenue funding from £10,000 up to a maximum of £250,000. Funding of less than £75,000 will typically be for short-term kick-starter projects and support between £75,000 and £250,000 will typically be for long-term development projects.
Examples of BLEF projects:
- Improved local cycling and pedestrian access to local economic centres
- General promotional activity for local economic benefit
- Employment and job creation schemes
- Projects that aim to increase tourist visits to an area.
Make an application to one of the Funds.