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11.07.17

Pilot launched to help Midlands SMEs tender HS2 contracts

Businesses in the Midlands will benefit from a free pilot programme designed to teach them how to capitalise on contracts with HS2.

The free initiative, ‘Get On Track’,  is run by the West Midlands Manufacturing Club (WMMC), a wing of the University of Wolverhampton’s Business Solutions Centre. It aims to help SMEs who have won or who are bidding for HS2 contracts to capitalise on the bid and tender opportunities that arise for the high-speed project.

The programme is split into three one-day classroom-based workshops, live webinars and telephone support that will help businesses get a clearer understanding of opportunities available, improve knowledge of the tendering process and transform tender writing skills to increase the likelihood of companies winning contracts.

‘Get on Track’ is being run by rail tender experts Thornton & Lowe, whose supply chain clients enjoy a success rate in the sector of 75%.

WMMC is seeking 10 SMEs to take part in the pilot scheme which takes place on 24 August, 31 August and 7 September, with the full programme expected to cost up to £3,000 when it officially launches in November this year.

“The Midlands region has long been recognised as a hub for manufacturing,” said Rebecca Macdonald, business development manager for the WMMC.

“Located at the heart of the planned HS2 network, the spotlight will inevitably be on manufacturers from the region to take their share of the available spend but we recognise some may not be at ease with formal tender processes.

“The common misconception is that HS2 is only open to major players,” Macdonald added. “‘Get on Track’ has been specifically designed to make the opportunity more accessible to Midlands SMEs, equipping them with the know-how and more importantly the confidence to tap into the wealth of opportunities HS2 can present for them too.”

Firms looking for a place on the programme should contact wmmc@businessolutionscentres.co.uk.

Top Image: HS2 Ltd Birmingham and Fazeley canal viaduct

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