How the South East can help build HS2 – SME Business Opportunities

The construction of HS2 creates hundreds of thousands of contract opportunities for businesses of all sizes and sectors right across the country. Mims  really wants to see businesses from within the Mid Sussex constituency at the front of the queue, starting with the 400,000 opportunities from the construction of the railway between London and the West Midlands. New supply chain contract opportunities are added all the time and, as construction progresses, will accelerate even more. Throughout the second half of 2021, HS2 and its primary construction partners will be holding regional supply chain briefing events to promote and showcase the opportunities and encourage businesses to get involved. 

Companies in the South East are already benefiting from HS2, with dozens having delivered work to help build HS2. This is sustaining and creating jobs, supporting local economies and growing their businesses as we build back better from the pandemic. How HS2 awards contracts Each major contract to build and develop HS2 will result in fair competition for tens of thousands of further contracts for other businesses across the supply chain. So far, 70% of contracts have been awarded to SMEs. 

We have been advised that in Battle, Sussex, Littlewood Fencing Ltd has been involved with HS2 since 2017 providing high security fencing, acoustic barriers, vehicle safety barriers and the associated civil and ground works. They have 40 staff working on HS2 and so far have employed 14 new staff and 3 new apprentices with more to come.  

The HS2 supply chain information portal – Suppliers and Businesses | High Speed 2 (– contains everything businesses of all shapes, sizes and sectors need to understand the procurement process. 

HS2 getting on board with local businesses | High Speed 2 Gives a visual breakdown of Business Sectors and opportunities. 

It would be great to hear from you if you do apply for and are awarded any of these contracts, do let Mims know by emailing