HS2 Supply Chain Readiness -Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Policies

Host: Leicestershire County Council

Location: Online - Webinar

Date: Wednesday, 21st October 2020 at 10.00am - 11.00am

Cost: FREE

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 .

This session is delivered by Dwinder Virk, Deputy Director,Senior Adviser and Training Manager for ACAS, who will explain how to develop robust equality, diversity and inclusion (EDI) policies and acitvities within in your business.

HS2 has set high EDI contractual requirements, which will be pushed down the supply chain, they are seeking contractors that share their commitment and demonstrate good practice, which must be evidenced.

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 the Leicester and Leicestershire Business Gateway Growth Hub and detail of additional support they provide
  • Developing robust EDI policies and practices Dwinder Virk, Deputy Director,Senior Adviser and Training Manager for ACAS
  • Question and Answers
  • Close


The bookings for this event are managed by the Leicester and Leicestershire Business Gateway Growth Hub - please click HERE to reserve your place.

For details of all the events in this series click HERE

If you have any queries on this please email the Policy Team

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