Representatives from 200 supply chain companies across Teesside have been given the inside track on contract opportunities that will be generated by two of the UK’s most significant rail projects.
They attended an executive briefing where presentations were given by key executives connected with the high speed rail project, HS2 and Crossrail, the 100 kilometre railway line under construction in London and surrounding areas.
The breakfast event was hosted by Tees Valley Unlimited in partnership with Teesside Engineering Network (TEN).
The keynote speakers included HS2 supply chain manager Joanna Sloane and head of equality, diversity and inclusion Mark Lomas and Crossrail principal supply chain manager Simon Pain.
Pictured (above) is Joanna Sloane, Simon Pain and Rob Johnson, of Teesside Engineering Network.
Delegates also were able to speak directly to the speakers during a Q&A session.
Ms Sloane said: “We want to engage as many businesses as possible from across the UK to put them in the best position possible to compete for the opportunities offered by HS2 as part of a fair, transparent and open procurement process.
“The high volume of sign-ups to this event shows that businesses are taking the right approach towards the procurement opportunities of HS2.”
The briefing was told that Crossrail’s contractors still have mechanical and electrical equipment to procure.
Mr Johnson, director of Axiom Engineering Associates, one of the TEN founders, said: “The briefing was a fantastic forum for delegates to learn directly from and engage with executives associated with two major rail projects.
“One of TEN’s aims is to provide an arena where larger companies can showcase their vision and present their supply chain needs to let Tees Valley firms know how they can win work from large scale regeneration and infrastructure development schemes.”