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HS2 and your business

Working with local business

To build HS2, we’re already using over 1,000 businesses near to the line of the new railway. This accounts for around half of our current supply chain. Over three quarters of these are Small to Medium sized Enterprises (SME’s), so there are real benefits already being realised by local businesses through our contractors.

Our shopping list is more varied than you might think. As well as tools, materials and services which are required for construction; we also need to ensure that our workforce (up to 30,000 people at the peak of the works) has everything they may need.

This means that our contractors could also be looking for caterers, stationary providers, accommodation and much more.

If your business is near to the new railway, we want to find out more about you. Click below to complete a short survey and share your details with our Business Engagement team.

Tell us about your business

We will use this information to let our contractors know about what you do, and to keep you updated on events and information on opportunities related to the HS2 Project.

HS2 - working to bring local businesses on board

How we are sharing opportunities with local businesses

How we build the railway

We are HS2 Ltd, and we’re the company responsible for delivering Britain’s new railway. To help us do this, on Phase One of the project, we have broken up the work into multiple contracts, across several large construction companies.

We will always oversee construction and be in charge of delivering the new railway, but our contractors will deliver most of the work on the ground. This means that your opportunity to get your local business onboard will most likely come through one of our construction partners. Below you can see a list of who these organisations are and visit their websites for more information.

Birmingham to North Warwickshire

Chilterns Tunnel associated works

Warwickshire to the M25

London - within M25

Euston Station

Old Oak Common Station

Our shopping list is more diverse than you might think. We will need all sorts of businesses to build the railway and provide goods and services to our workers.

What to do next

Here are some top tips to help get your business ‘HS2 ready’ and make the most of any potential opportunities.

Put yourself on the map

Let us know more about what you can offer us by registering with us.

Register here

When you register we will:

  • Put you on our onboard local map which is shared with contractors and subcontractors working on the project
  • Keep you up to date on any HS2 local business events in your area
  • Share other useful information as it becomes available
Map showing businesses across the line of route

Understand us and our contractors

It’s not just what we are building that it is important, it is also about how we do things. Especially if you are interested in a formal contract.

Make sure you understand and demonstrate our principles, values and strategic goals. During procurement we will evaluate any potential suppliers and service providers against these.

Icons showing our principles, values and strategic goals.

Understand where your business might fit into the project

There are several different ways you might be able to get involved in the project, and it is important that you understand which of these might be the best route for your business to get onboard:

1. Formal long-term contracts

These are generally for higher value, longer term services and supplies.

It involves a more formal process to provide our contractors with the certainty they need around some key services and will also allow them to put specific requirements into those contracts to make sure things work in the right way.

These opportunities will be advertised through our procurement portal, Competefor.

We are starting to capture and share information on which contracts have been awarded to who and where, to make it easier for you to understand where you might fit in.  You can read more about that on our Suppliers and Businesses pages.

Local business case study - Deep Soil Mixing

Find out more about Deep Soil Mixing – a local business case study

2. Purchase orders or hire

These tend to be lower value or non-programme critical supplies or services that don’t need to go through the formal tender process.

The requirements could be regular, ad hoc or one off and our contractors will choose which business they use to do this in much the same way as you would, so it is important that you do what you can to make sure we know what you can do.

Examples of services include event catering, accommodation, local transport, photographers, electricians and laundry services

3. Worker choice

As well as our office sites, we have set up new construction compounds at of different locations along the route. Many of our workers have relocated to be close to these compounds and will need to access a whole array of different services in their local area. From laundrettes to lunch; they will need all kinds of businesses in the course of the time they are based there.

Local business case study - Trinity Asset Management

Find out more about Trinity Asset Management – a local business case study

Sign up for CompeteFor

If you are interested in more formal contracts, you can register with CompeteFor who our contractors use to publish any supply chain opportunities as they arise. CompeteFor acts as a brokerage service, matching buyers and potential suppliers.

Signing up to CompeteFor and uploading your profile is free and will allow you to see what subcontracts our contractors are looking for.

Sign up to CompeteFor

Whilst the contracts advertised may not be something for your business directly, it will enable you to see what further subcontractors will be coming to work in your area and consider what additional services they may need.

Talk to us at HS2 business events and attend our online webinars

HS2 and our partners hold business events in areas along the line of the new railway.

There will be opportunities to talk directly with the contractors and the business engagement team and learn more about HS2s progress, upcoming opportunities, and what you need to do to get involved.

All our events are listed online.

Use free online resources

HS2 is part of a group of construction companies that work with the Supply Chain Sustainability school to provide a free virtual learning environment that helps suppliers and sub-contractors develop their sustainability knowledge and competence.

You can complete training, e-learning modules and certifications to help your business learn more about some of the things that are important to HS2.

Learn more about the resources on the Supply Chain Sustainability School and using the platform by watching our video below.

Watch and learn

Speak to your local business organisation

We work closely with business organisations (e.g. Local Enterprise Partnerships and their associated growth hubs and British Chambers of Commerce) to help publicise events, raise awareness of opportunities and tell you about any support there is available to help you.

Consider getting in contact with your local business group, as depending on their specific offer they can provide:

  • Diagnostic tools and support to help you understand what you need to do to get your business HS2 ready;
  • general business development support;
  • help in accessing new HS2 opportunities;
  • funding support and grants; and
  • workshops, training and guidance on requirements and standards, such as health and safety policies.

We have listed some of the business organisations based along the line of the new railway in an online document.

Keep up to date

We have a series of local websites to keep you updated about the upcoming work in your area. You can sign up to receive email updates about our activity.

Sign up for email alerts

This will help you to know when workers may be in your area and what supplies, services and amenities they may need.