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HS2 holding major Meet the Contractor event in November

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HS2 will be hosting its largest-ever ‘Meet the Contractor’ event during the second half of November 2021.

This will coincide with the release of over 250 packages of work for small and medium-sized businesses in the UK, with contracts on offer ranging from £4,000 to £158 million.

The event will be split into two weeks of interactive webinars, one week focusing on contracts for the construction of HS2 stations and the other Main Works Civils. All seven of the directly appointed joint venture contractors will be participating, as well as sixteen Tier 2 contractors, providing even more opportunities for businesses to get involved in the project as some of the smaller packages of work will be particularly interesting to SMEs.

The first session – on 15-17 November 2021 – will  focus on contracts for the construction of HS2 stations, while Main Works Civils will be covered in the second session, on 29 November to 1 December.

The will be keynote sessions, when attendees will be able to hear more about the project, what is on offer, and how to bid for work. There will also be a number of networking break-out sessions for up to 50 participants to network virtually, meeting other companies interested in working on HS2 and speaking as a group with HS2’s contractors.

Ruth Todd, HS2.

HS2 chief commercial officer Ruth Todd said of this year’s event: “Connecting to a wide variety of companies across the UK and wider is key to HS2’s success.

“This year’s Meet the Contractor event will be bigger and better and provide even more meetings for businesses who want to win work on HS2.

One year on from starting main construction work on HS2, the project is now supporting 20,000 jobs, which is set to grow as construction work accelerates, and more businesses come on board.”

At last year’s virtual event, 6,200 people attended the seminars and 800 one-to-one meetings were held.

Businesses who have attended previous events have already been successful in becoming part of HS2’s extensive supply chain. One such company is Kelly Formwork, a specialist formwork, reinforcement and concrete (FRC) subcontractor working with Skanksa Costain STRABAG joint venture. 

Rod Watson, Kelly Group.

Rod Watson, operations director of Kelly Formwork, said: “We attended the HS2 Meet the Contractor event in 2017 and it gave us key insight into what HS2 and their contractors are looking for in the supply chain.

“This context helped us win a five-year work package that has provided stability to our business, which has been really important at a time of economic uncertainty.”

Registration for the event has now opened and businesses are encouraged to register their interest to attend seminars and apply for one-to-one meetings.

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