Visit Buckinghamshire has partnered with Buckinghamshire Business First to launch a new Business Advisory Service for local businesses in the retail and tourism sectors within 5km either side of the HS2 construction route in Buckinghamshire. The service is funded by HS2 through Groundwork.
The Visit Buckinghamshire Business Advisory Service (VBAS) aims to support businesses, including those in the supply chains of affected retail and tourism businesses, that face disruption from the construction of HS2.
The tourism sector is a major player in the Buckinghamshire economy, with approximately 2,300 businesses employing 23,000 people. More than £729 million is spent locally each year as a result of 10 million day trips and 1.1m overnight stays in the county. These visits also support our retailers and associated supply chains from food producers to employment agencies.
This project has been developed to counter any challenges that construction of the HS2 rail line may create for businesses in the county, and also to ensure that affected businesses are supported to become even more resilient and improve their performance now and in the future.
The Visit Buckinghamshire Business Advisory Service provides one to one support in addition to a series of local events and development workshops on topics aimed at supporting business growth, such as digital, marketing, finance, sales and procurement.
Call us on 01494 927130 to find out more or book a chat here.
Freephone: 08081 434 434 - (24 hrs/7 days)
Minicom: 08081 456 472 - (24 hrs/7 days)
High Speed Two (HS2) Ltd
Snow Hill Queensway
Event Date: 16 Feb 2019, 11am - 2pm
Venue: Maple Cross and West Hyde Community Centre
Event Date: 19 Feb 2019, 4 - 7pm
Venue: Great Missenden Library
Event Date: 27 Feb 2019, 4 - 8pm
Venue: Calvert Green Village Hall
Event Date: 1 Mar 2019, 2 - 7pm
Venue: Denham Village Memorial Hall
Event Date: 2 Mar 2019, 11am - 2pm
Venue: Chalfont St Giles library
Steeple Claydon drop-in
Event Date: 7 Mar 2019, 4 - 8pm
Venue: Steeple Claydon Library
Event Date: 13 Mar 2019, 4 - 8pm
Venue: Amersham Community Centre
West Hyde and Maple Cross drop-in
Event Date: 21 Mar 2019, 2 - 8pm
Venue: West Hyde and Maple Cross Youth Centre
To see the full list of HS2 events please click here >
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 can not bid for HS2 contracts.
For Council HS2 information and key contacts:
To find out more about the Community Environment Fund (CEF) or the Business and local economy fund (BLEF) including eligibility please visit: