This event is open to all businesses looking for business development opportunities, available as part of the HS2 supply chain. It will provide practical information on what is required of businesses to access the wide-ranging procurement opportunities that HS2 will bring to the East Midlands.
The session is brought to you in partnership with Leicestershire County Council and the Leicester and Leicestershire Business Gateway Growth Hub.
Delivered by Dewi Hughes, founder and MD of Silverlock Tenders, one of the main tender writing companies in the Midlands, this session will provide delegates with practical information on how to develop and submit the best tender possible. It will cover the 10 key lessons that Silverlock has found are most important in order to be successful at winning tenders, including detail of the Competefor platform, which is the preferred tendering platform used by HS2.
Silverlock’s clients are mainly SMEs and include companies from the construction, civil engineering, rail, energy, cleaning and security industries. Prior to setting up Silverlock in 2009, Dewi spent 21 years working for the Government which included 12 years appraising bids for government funding, 4 years writing for over 50 government ministers, and 4 years managing large European funded projects.
More on the opportunities for your business
The aim is to raise awareness of the opportunities available and highlight that these do not just apply to the engineering and construction sectors, but across a wide and diverse portfolio for all business sizes.
This event forms part of a series of practical sessions which will support businesses to not only be “Fit4HS2” but also for other public sector contracts.
Even if the opportunities for HS2 are not for you this is good business practice, to ensure your business is ready to apply for a range of other future opportunities. As the Government plans to bring forward infrastructure investment, promising to “build back better, build back greener, build back faster” – this is the time to ensure your business is ready to take advantage of these opportunities and be fit to supply.
What will HS2 be buying?
HS2 is one of the most demanding and exciting transport mega-projects in Europe, there will be thousands of opportunities within the HS2 supply chain. These will be:
- Created across many business sectors
- Requiring a wide range of capabilities
- Suitable for all suppliers of all sizes
- Generated over several years
They will need a wide range of works, good and services to deliver the HS2 programme and associated supporting corporate opportunities. Examples of some of the opportunities that sit outside the larger civil engineering, railway systems and rolling stock items are:
Landscaping, Tree Surgery, Wildlife Habitat Relocations, Woodland Relocation, Telecoms, Site Offices, Site Compound External Works – access ways, hardstanding, fencing, signage etc., Site Security – CCTV, security guards, patrols, Scaffolding, Traffic Management, Site Clearance, Ground Investigation, Topographical Surveys, Traffic Surveys, Drone Surveys, Labour and Staff, Plant Hire, Aggregates, Ready Mix Concrete, Ducts, Pipes, Brickwork and blockwork, Builders’ Merchants Materials, Occupational Health and Wellbeing, Pest Control, Specialist Photography.
- Welcome from East Midlands Chamber
- Welcome from Business Gateway Growth Hub and detail of additional support they provide
- Developing a successful Tender – Dewi Hughes, Managing Director, Silverlock Tenders
- Question and Answers