Business Support & Supply Chain

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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 within the HS2 supply chain across many business sectors, requiring a wide range of capabilities and suitable for suppliers of all sizes over several years.

In the West Midlands, the Phase 1 construction requirements will include:

  • Two new stations, Curzon Street and the Birmingham Interchange at Solihull
  • the rolling stock depot at Washwood Heath
  • Enabling Works
  • Main Works Civils

In addition, there is a range of connectivity projects aimed at maximising the benefits of HS2 to the whole region including the £250m expansion of the Midland Metro.


Where to find opportunities

The current procurement opportunities are primarily available direct from HS2 Ltd, Laing-Murphy (LM), the enabling works contractor, and Balfour Beatty Vinci (BBV), the main works civils contractor. To find out more click on the links below.


What suppliers need to know

Businesses looking to work with HS2 Ltd, or Tier One contractors will be required to meet companies will have to meet a range of criteria. For guidance and advice, follow the links below.

Code of Construction Practice

Building information Modelling (BIM)

Equality, diversity and inclusion (EDI)

Health & Safety

Skills, Education & Employment (SEE)



Where to go for support

There are three WMCA Growth Hubs, which are able to provide a range of support to businesses, including an HS2 Ready audit, training and access to finance:

Greater Birmingham & Solihull

Black Country

Coventry & Warwickshire

In addition, businesses can access further support from:


Construction Line

Supply Chain School

BIM Upskilling Platform

HS2 Supplier Guide


Supply Chain Summit

Andy Street, Mayor of the West Midlands and Mark Thurston, CEO of HS2 Ltd were delighted to co-host a supply chain summit for West Midlands SME’s on 14 October 2020. 

You can rewatch the event below and download the complete slide deck.