C&W firms urged to put themselves forward for HS2 contracts

Louise Bennett, Chief Executive of the Coventry and Warwickshire Chamber of Commerce

Firms across Coventry and Warwickshire could be in line to win millions of pounds’ worth of contracts to help deliver HS2.

The Coventry and Warwickshire Chamber of Commerce has been keeping close to all of the latest developments surrounding HS2 in order for members to find out more about the opportunities within the supply chain to deliver the project.

A portal detailing the contracts that are available and the main contractors to liaise with has been released and is available at https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/hs2-contract-opportunities

The Chamber is also discussing the possibility of holding local supply chain events to allow companies to meet representatives from HS2 and main contractors involved in the project.

Louise Bennett, chief executive of the Coventry and Warwickshire Chamber of Commerce, said: “HS2 will be one of the biggest infrastructure projects in the UK for decades and while there has been a great deal of debate around it, it’s vitally important that Coventry and Warwickshire companies are given the opportunity to apply for contracts.

“I would urge our members in construction and engineering to log onto the portal to see if there are opportunities that would suit them straight away.

“We are also hoping to hold events with HS2 and several of their main contractors to help facilitate face-to-face discussions for our members.”

Louise added: “We launched our Go For Growth 16 campaign at the start of this year and that is designed to help remove some of the hurdles to companies across our patch being able to expand.

“But when opportunities such as this come along where we can help bring local businesses together with larger suppliers for the benefit of the individual companies, as well as the wider economy, that’s exactly what we will do.”