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Suppliers and businesses

HS2 is creating thousands of contract opportunities in its supply chain. Find out how your business can get involved.

Modular bridge component being lowered into place
Modular bridge components are manufactured off-site then delivered for use.

What is HS2?

HS2 is a state-of-the-art high-speed railway line. HS2 is critical for the UK’s low-carbon transport future. It will provide much-needed rail capacity across the country, and is integral to rail projects in the North and Midlands – helping rebalance the UK economy.

Contract opportunities

Our main contractors will be creating thousands of new jobs and opportunities for small and medium sized businesses. The first phase of the project will employ over 16,000 across many sectors.

Details of what High Speed Two (HS2) is buying from suppliers directly and the stage of procurement for each opportunity are available on the HS2 contract opportunities page. This includes information on who has been shortlisted at the invitation to tender (ITT) stage and contact details for awarded contractors.

Direct opportunities

Appropriate direct contract opportunities for businesses are advertised in the following locations:

Indirect opportunities

We also encourage our supply chain to promote details of all appropriate indirect contract opportunities. These are business opportunities in the HS2 supply chain.

Appropriate indirect contract opportunities will be advertised by our suppliers on CompeteFor.

Additional opportunities

Where appropriate, some direct opportunities will be sourced through existing public sector frameworks. To find out how to join an existing framework, visit the Crown Commercial Services website.

Supply chain maps

View HS2 supply chain maps to see the geographic spread of the thousands of businesses working on HS2.

Guidance for suppliers

We have produced a supplier guide highlighting what is important to HS2 Ltd and what will be required from our supply chain. The guide will evolve over time along with the project and helps to answer the following questions:

  • What is HS2?
  • What will HS2 Ltd be buying?
  • When will HS2 Ltd be buying?
  • Where can suppliers access opportunities?
  • How will HS2 Ltd engage with suppliers?
  • What do HS2 Ltd require from the HS2 supply chain?
  • What can suppliers do now?

If you have any questions we would suggest looking at our supply chain frequently asked questions document in the first instance.

You can also find out more about our rolling stock procurement, including industry events, technical specifications and our customer experience vision.

Learn more about the following HS2 commitments.

Local businesses

Two funds are available to local communities and businesses in communities affected by the route. They support environmental and economic improvements. Find out more about these opportunities.

If you’re a business that’s local to the HS2 line of route, please visit our local business page to find out more information and register your details.

Creating opportunities

We estimate that from every 10 of our main contracts, 10,000 supply chain opportunities will become available. We expect 60% of contracts to go to SME suppliers.

Learn from our supply chain case studies

Here are a few examples of how businesses across the UK have benefited as part of the HS2 supply chain.

Keep up-to-date with supplier news

Enter your details into our survey and sign up to our bulletin to keep in touch with the latest supply chain news.

The latest quarterly bulletin can be found here.

To network with other suppliers and businesses, ask questions and receive information about HS2 events, jobs and general updates, connect with us on LinkedIn.

To join the HS2 supply chain conversations online, follow our @HS2ltd Twitter account using the following hashtag: #hs2supplychain.

Suppliers should also contact their relevant business networks for further information on upcoming opportunities to engage with HS2 Ltd and work on HS2. The following organisations are among our contacts: