HS2 business opportunities for suppliers of all types and sizes

High Speed Two (HS2), is the biggest and most ambitious infrastructure project Britain has seen for decades, and the first new railway to be built north of London in over 120 years. The construction of Phase One of HS2 presents a great opportunity for local and diverse suppliers from large and small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs), to bid for contracts worth around £10bn in total.

HS2 will generate thousands of jobs, drive regional regeneration and help rebalance the economy. The project will need a full range of works, goods and services, covering many sectors, over the total programme’s 20-year lifespan. Through contributing their innovation, experience and capabilities, businesses from across the UK of all types and sizes will help make HS2 an exemplary project.

The scale and duration of the programme means that there is a significant an opportunity to create deep, long-lasting changes in skills, jobs and diversity. HS2 plan to work with suppliers to create life-changing opportunities for local and under-represented people and businesses. High expectations will be set during procurement and within contracts for equal opportunities, skills and employment – and progress will be monitored throughout the delivery lifecycle.

Whilst HS2 will directly procure and manage a relatively small number of high-value major works contracts, this will lead to a high number of lower value sub-contracts through the supply chain, engaging a much larger and more diverse range of smaller suppliers. In addition, HS2 will have numerous, ongoing requirements to support the running of the business and many of these ‘corporate’ opportunities are likely to be suitable for SMEs.

The business section of the HS2 website aims to provide the basic information needed to help suppliers identify and prepare for HS2 business opportunities.  This can be accessed by searching for ‘HS2 business’ at www.gov.uk/hs2.

It includes the HS2 Supplier Guide and FAQs for information on how to identify and prepare to take advantage of HS2 business opportunities.

  • To identify direct contract opportunities with HS2, visit The UK Government’s Contracts Finder where details of direct procurements are advertised. Where appropriate, some direct opportunities will also be sourced through existing public sector frameworks.  To find out how to join an existing framework, visit the Crown Commercial Services website.
  • To identify indirect contract opportunities in the HS2 supply chain, register on CompeteFor. CompeteFor is an electronic brokerage tool that is free to use and enables businesses to search and compete for contract opportunities linked to major UK public and private sector buying organisations. HS2 will encourage its supply chain to advertise details of all appropriate contract opportunities here.
    In addition, visit the ‘Contract Opportunities’ section of the website, where details of direct opportunities and the stage of procurement for each opportunity are published. Contact details for those suppliers who have been shortlisted at the invitation to tender (ITT) stage and direct suppliers who have been awarded work on HS2 are included, so that you can contact them directly to find out about opportunities in their supply chains.

Information from HS2 Supply Chain Conferences, including the presentations from the day and any upcoming events can be accessed by searching for ‘HS2 events’ at www.gov.uk/hs2.

If you have any queries or comments, please contact the HS2 Supply Chain Team at scc@hs2.org.uk