Lancashire companies urged to be part of HS2 supply chain

LINK: HS2 is set to reach Manchester
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Companies in Lancashire have been urged to join the race for contracts on the back of HS2 reaching the North West.

HS2 is about to meet with hundreds of firms and industry groups to get them geared up to bid for more than £10bn worth of contracts to build Britain’s new north-south high speed rail network, boosting jobs, skills and prosperity across the country.

More than 60 North West firms employing almost 70,000 people will be attending one of HS2 Ltd’s Supply Chain Conference in Manchester on October 23 as HS2 moves towards construction, planned to start in 2017.

The companies range from big firms employing more than 5,000 people to some employing fewer than 10 – and supply anything from to scaffolding to electrical infrastructure works and design services.

Already, nine Lancashire firms have registered for the event – and HS2 has urged others not to miss out.

HS2 Chief Executive Simon Kirby said: “Building HS2 is a massive, long-term project; one that offers huge opportunity for large and small companies right across the country.

“To construct it and then bring it to life will require a vast range of skills and expertise, some of which we have and some we’ll need to develop. And to deliver a project of HS2’s scale and complexity we are committed to working with companies who share our collaborative values.

Mr Kirby added: “ I am extremely pleased that so many firms have already shown an interest in helping to deliver HS2.

“I would encourage all firms large or small to get involved.”

Interested parties can obtain more information via SCC@hs2.org.uk.