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13th September 2017

HS2 opportunities for SMES

High Speed 2 (HS2) is a planned high-speed railway linking London, Birmingham, the East Midlands, Leeds and Manchester.

As one of the most demanding and exciting transport mega-projects in Europe, a wide range of works, goods and services will be required to deliver the HS2 programme.

The project will include a relatively small number of high-value, direct contracts, with many more indirect opportunities created. HS2 Ltd estimate that every ten direct (i.e. Tier 1) contracts are likely to generate tens of thousands of supply chain opportunities. These are the opportunities that will be of most interest to SMEs, as they will be the best match for their scale of operations and their specific capabilities. They are not subject to public procurement legislation. Suppliers from Tier 1 (and below) will offer these contracts directly.

In order to maximise opportunities for suppliers, Tier 1 contractors are mandated to use CompeteFor ( to advertise all appropriate opportunities.

HS2 Ltd have created a range of useful resources including a supplier guide and a regularly updated contracts opportunities table. Please visit to find out more.