×


Home About Contribute Media Kit Contact Sign In
×







.


Leisure Industry News

West Midlands Growth Hubs helping SMEs with HS2 supply chain opportunities


HS2 is due to open between 2028 and 2031 with Phase One connecting the West Midlands and London which is underway and being built, supporting 9,000 jobs nationwide.

West Midlands Growth Hubs helping SMEs with HS2 supply chain opportunities


"This webinar was a great opportunity to engage with businesses and help them capitalise on the work presented by HS2 and wider projects"
Phil Peak



The vital part West Midlands Growth Hubs have to play in ensuring businesses access the supply chain for the largest infrastructure project in Europe was discussed at a virtual webinar.

HS2 is due to open between 2028 and 2031 with Phase One connecting the West Midlands and London which is underway and being built, supporting 9,000 jobs nationwide.

The West Midlands Combined Authority hosted a Mayoral and HS2 Supply Chain Summit for SMEs to highlight the supply chain opportunities that are available to businesses across the region.

These include companies specialising in landscaping, waste management, office stationery and equipment, and general signage as well as security, electrical products and fire protection products.

Over 800 businesses signed-up for the session which included West Midlands Mayor Andy Street and Mark Thurston, CEO of HS2 Ltd, to give a strategic overview of HS2 and the importance of the project to the region’s post-Covid-19 recovery plans.

Phil Peak, operations director at the Coventry and Warwickshire Local Enterprise Partnership (CWLEP) Growth Hub, spoke on behalf of the Growth Hubs in Coventry and Warwickshire, Greater Birmingham & Solihull and the Black Country.

“A large proportion of the £100 billion budget to construct the new railway will make its way to the supply chain which will provide massive opportunities for thousands of businesses,” he said.

“These contracts will stretch far beyond the traditional rail industry and offer a real opportunity for companies looking to diversify as part of their recovery from the Coronavirus pandemic.

“This webinar was a great opportunity to engage with businesses and help them capitalise on the work presented by HS2 and wider projects such as Coventry being UK City of Culture 2021, the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games and major regeneration schemes.

“As well as emphasising the support available to businesses of all sizes in all sectors from Growth Hubs throughout the West Midlands, it was an ideal platform to highlight the Finditin websites which are across the region including Coventry and Warwickshire, Birmingham, the Black Country and Worcestershire as well as the Birmingham 2022 business portal.

“It is staggering that there has been over £25.9 billion of contracts published so far in 2020 on these portals.

“Since we launched FinditinCW in April, we have signed up just under 1,700 businesses and have posted £14 billion of opportunities to date.

“We are keen to spread the message that these are important portals to join – it is free to register – so that we maximise the number of businesses that can benefit from the work available in the upcoming HS2 supply chain and how they can become part of it.

“HS2 will provide unprecedented opportunities and we want businesses, particularly SMEs, to know what to do to meet the procurement criteria and be awarded the contracts which are available in a wide range of sectors.”

FinditinCW was launched by the CWLEP Growth Hub in partnership with the Coventry and Warwickshire Chamber of Commerce to give businesses access to private and public sector contracts and link-up buyers with suppliers in a variety of sectors.

For more information, please visit www.finditincw.co.uk

Caption: Phil Peak, operations director at the CWLEP Growth Hub

.


Leisure Business News - The Vantage event will be appointment-based and the team is inviting customers to visit them for a Covid-19-safe factory tour and a chance to look behind the scenes and see what is involved in the manufacturing process.


 Leeds-based Vantage Motorhomes Holds Event At Factory Showroom 13-18 October

Leisure Business News - A new interactive game has been created to enable hens of all ages enjoy their last night of freedom before getting married despite COVID-19 restrictions.


Hen parties at home thanks to new Save The Groom interactive game

Leisure Business News - The Greater Manchester based Racing4Business team behind the fundraising campaign Burrow Seven like to do things differently. The concept behind Burrow Seven was in itself unique.


Would your business like to win headline sponsorship for Burrow Seven's silk

Leisure Business News - Many people have needed to work from home this year as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic, which means that our furry friends have been able to enjoy our company for months on end. Dogs specifically will have loved the attention as they thrive off being sociable and enjoy the company of their owners.


Preparing Your Pets For 'Normality'

Leisure Business News - This was the first time the hotel had faced such a tight deadline to organise a wedding ceremony and reception. Lisa and Paul Ruddy, who have been together three-and-a-half years and live in Catterick Garrison, were due to get married at the Southend Avenue venue on Saturday November 7.


48-hour wedding as happy couple tie knot at Bannatyne Hotel Darlington

Leisure Business News - Wasps player Ben Harris is co-launching a new personalised fitness studio in Leamington after going into business with a successful gym owner.


Wasps players joint-venture creating jobs in Leamington