A new programme of practical online workshops aims to equip small businesses in the East Midlands with the tools they need to compete for supply chain contracts in HS2 and other major infrastructure projects.
The “Fit4HS2” sessions have been developed in line with the Government’s HS2 supplier guide and will cover elements such as supply chain opportunity details; best practice in tendering; equality, diversity and inclusion; environmental policies; and skills, education and employment development.
East Midlands Chamber will host the webinars in partnership with Leicestershire County Council and the Business Gateway Growth Hub.
While they are designed with projects relating to HS2 in mind, they will also provide businesses with the practical information that can be applied to other large infrastructure schemes and the corresponding supply chain opportunities.
This will be important for many SMEs in the supply chain after the Government announced a £900m Getting Building Fund for investing in shovel-ready infrastructure schemes across the UK.
Ian Bates, sector forum and representation manager at East Midlands Chamber, said: “Many companies are eagerly searching for new business opportunities right now so it’s the perfect time to ensure they are demonstrating best practice in order to win supply chain contracts.”
What will the Fit4HS2 sessions cover?
Delivered online by supply chain experts and representatives from HS2 Ltd, the Fit4HS2 workshops will be practical sessions providing delegates with the opportunity to ask questions and will provide takeaway leanings that can be applied to businesses.
They are free and open to all companies looking for business development opportunities in the supply chain for HS2 and other infrastructure projects.
Neil McGhee, chairman of the Business Gateway Growth Hub Board, said: “As the Growth Hub for Leicester and Leicestershire, our role is to support businesses to take advantage of opportunities to grow.
“HS2 is a massive transport project that brings multiple opportunities for local businesses to win contracts and supply a whole host of goods and services, from landscaping and building materials to telecoms, photography and occupational health practitioners.
“If your business is looking for new opportunities to grow, please do book on to one of the webinars.”
When are the Fit4HS2 sessions?
Five free sessions are now open for booking, with more to be announced in the very near future:
- Fit4HS2: HS2 Supply Chain Readiness – Supply Chain Opportunities (11 September, 10-11am)
- Fit4HS2: HS2 Supply Chain Readiness – Fit for tendering, best practice (23 September, 10-11am)
- Fit4HS2: HS2 Supply Chain Readiness – Environmental Policies (6 October, 10-11am)
- Fit4HS2: HS2 Supply Chain Readiness – Skills, Employment and Education (13 October, 10-11am)
- Fit4HS2: HS2 Supply Chain Readiness – Fit for tendering, best practice (15 October, 10-11am)
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