A free seminar to steer small and medium-sized enterprises through the HS2 procurement process was fully booked within 24 hours of being announced.
The event, organised by East Midlands Chamber in partnership with HS2, was snapped up by firms looking for ways to cash in on the huge infrastructure project.
A waiting list of potential delegates is now being compiled and the Chamber is considering repeating the event in the near future to ensure as many firms as possible can capitalise on the opportunities HS2 will bring.
It has been calculated that once up and running HS2 will not only improve passenger and freight capacity on rail routes through the East Midlands, but will add around £4bn a year to the GVA to the region and parts of Yorkshire.
But there will also be billions of pounds worth of opportunities for regional businesses during the construction of the new rail line.
Ian Bates, the Chamber’s Sector Forums Manager, said: “HS2 will be transformational for the region and it’s important that local firms know how to identify and grab the opportunities it will offer.
“Those opportunities exist today, will grow during the construction of the line and continue long after the trains start running.
“But there is a process that firms must follow and unless they know what it is they will either arrive too late at the party for the best of the buffet or simply miss out altogether and we want to make sure that doesn’t happen.”
Examples of some of the opportunities that sit outside the expected larger civil engineering, railway systems and rolling stock elements of the project include: landscaping, tree surgery, wildlife habitat and woodland relocation, telecoms, site offices and compound works, site security, signage, CCTV, traffic surveys and management, ground investigation, drone surveys, labour and staff wellbeing, plant hire, aggregates, ducts and pipework, pest control, specialist photography and much, much more.
The fully-booked #Fit4HS2 event is underwritten by the European Regional Development Fund and hosted by Nottingham Trent University.