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The construction of High Speed 2 will require a vast supply chain, creating a wealth of opportunities for businesses across the region in many different industries.


There will be thousands of opportunities available in the HS2 supply chain across many business sectors, requiring a wide range of capabilities suitable for suppliers of all sizes over several years.

It is important that businesses are aware of the range of contracts required with the creation of two new HS2 stations, the rolling stock depot at Washwood Heath and a range of connectivity projects aimed at maximising the benefits of HS2 to the whole region.

Our aim is to ensure West Midlands businesses are in a strong position to win contracts, whether it is understanding the opportunities and how procurement for HS2 will be delivered, or ensuring they can meet the HS2 requirements. At the moment the main opportunities exist as Tier 1 and 2 contracts.

Tier 1

HS2 Ltd will directly procure and manage a relatively small number of high-value major works contracts which will be delivered directly by Tier 1 contractors.

To find out what HS2 Ltd is buying and when, how it is engaging with the supply chain, where to access these business opportunities and the values required throughout the supply chain procurement process, download the HS2 Supplier Guide and FAQs.

Tier 2

The Tier 1 contractors will procure and manage thousands of sub-contractors and engage a much larger and more diverse range of smaller suppliers. It is mandatory that these opportunities are advertised through the ‘CompeteFor’ platform.

We recommend that business sign up to ensure that they are aware of the opportunities being posted. Register at www.competefor.com

LM, a joint venture between two of Europe’s most prominent and innovative engineering and construction companies – Laing O’Rourke and J. Murphy & Sons Limited - are delivering the West Midlands section of HS2's phase one enabling works. To find out more about LM visit http://www.lm-jv.com, or to be considered as a supplier contact the company via their dedicated CompeteFor page.

Business Support

It is important that businesses understand the procurement processes and prepare themselves to be ready for when the relevant business opportunities materialise. To assist businesses in winning HS2-related contracts, we have been working with the three Growth Hubs Greater Birmingham & Solihull, Black Country and Coventry & Warwickshire.

The Growth Hubs can provide assistance through key support products, including access to funding streams and finance. Businesses should contact their Growth Hub to understand the landscape and opportunities.

One area the Growth Hubs can help businesses in is Business Information Modelling (BIM) a key element of many HS2 contracts. To address this need there is a West Midlands-specific website to help businesses understand what BIM is and support them through BIM adoption to become proficient in digital engineering.  To find out more, companies should visit www.bimwm.co.uk.

If you have any further questions on how to get involved, contact Lisa Hamilton at the WMCA HS2 Business Support & Supply Chain Programme team on 0121 303 3356.