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HS2 and your local 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.

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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

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For information on who our contractors are, the types of goods and services that they might require over the life of the project and for case studies of businesses already working with us; head to our ‘Get on board with HS2’ guide here.

Because of the scale and reach of HS2, our goal is to leave a positive legacy for the country in the way we build the railway. This includes raising the bar on things like Health and Safety, equality and diversity and our environmental impact.

Hundreds of small and medium sized businesses are already working on the project, so the benefit is already being seen in regions along the line of route.

We work with business organisations across the UK to share information and opportunities. These include Local Enterprise Partnerships (LEP’s), Growth Hubs, Chambers of Commerce and more. Many of these organisations offer free business support and information about funding and other support services completely free of charge.

As well as working with local business communities, we are creating thousands of contract opportunities across the UK. Visit our supply chain page opportunities portal to find out more about what we are buying, contracts that have already been awarded and more information on specific supply chain opportunities.