The Visit Buckinghamshire Business Advisory Service (VBAS) was a project funded by HS2 through Groundwork to support businesses, including those in the supply chains of affected retail and tourism businesses, that face disruption from the construction of HS2. The project has now closed but any businesses looking for support can get in touch with the Buckinghamshire Business First Business Support Team.
Call us on 01494 927130 to find out more or book a chat here.
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Minicom: 08081 456 472 - (24 hrs/7 days)
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HS2 is being delivered in Buckinghamshire and the wider South East by two separate companies; Eiffage Kier and Align. The project affords a number of opportunities and it is important that Buckinghamshire businesses give themselves a chance to benefit from them.
You may have read over the last year or two that individual contracts worth billions of pounds have been handed out to build the HS2 line.
What you may not have read about was the £20,000 contract awarded to a production agency, the £15,000 contract awarded for consultancy work, the £16,000 awarded to a professional services firm related to train timetabling, or the £16,000 awarded to a firm related to data capture.
These types of contracts don’t make the headlines or fill the comments sections of news articles, but they are vital to those small businesses that can take advantage of supply chain opportunities created by the larger contracts.
With 553km of new track, 73km of tunnelling, 192km of cuttings, and 60km of viaducts required as part of the overall HS2 project, there is plenty of work available. Contracts connected to demolitions, ecology, utilities, drainage, archaeology, site clearance, rights of way, ground remediation and more are available.
Businesses need to register for free with the CompeteFor online portal. This portal acts as a brokerage service, matching buyers and sellers.
All contracts (large, small and very small) related to HS2 are available for free to registered users on CompeteFor, which was the supply chain portal used for the London 2012 Olympics. All businesses can see all HS2-related opportunities posted here, regardless of their size and location.
If businesses are not registered on CompeteFor, they cannot bid for HS2 contracts.
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