HS2 Ltd invites potential suppliers for views on procurement
06 February 2014
At the first HS2 Supply Chain Conference attended by 600 companies last November, HS2 Ltd made a commitment to undertake a market engagement exercise with the supply market, to capture their thoughts and opinions, before further developing the Outline Procurement Strategy to be launched at the next Supply Chain Conference this summer.
Over the next four months HS2 Ltd aims to engage with potential suppliers (including SMEs), Trade Associations and Local Enterprise Partnerships (LEPs) to gain their views through discussion groups and one-to-one meetings.
HS2 Ltd Commercial Director, Beth West said:
"HS2 willl generate billions of pounds worth of contracts, giving businesses large and small across the UK the opportunity to bid for work during the construction and operation of HS2.
"HS2 offers this country a much needed chance to re-balance the economy, support hundreds of thousands of jobs and develop our national skills base.
"Understanding and observing the market's current thoughts and opinions will play an important part in the development of our final procurement strategy of Phase One.
"We are also keen to work with businesses who are not traditionally involved in the rail sector. These can bring best practice techniques and products to ensure the delivery of HS2. We look forward to engaging with businesses early on in the process and we would like to encourage them to engage with us too."
This market engagement exercise has been formally launched with the publishing of a Periodic Indicative Notice (PIN) in Tenders Electronics Daily, Reference 2014/s 025-040069
Businesses wishing to express an interest in participating should follow the instructions set out in the PIN.