South Yorkshire firms urged to ‘make the most’ of HS2 construction work

James Newman, Chairman of the Sheffield City Region Local Enterprise Partnership, and Simon Carr, LEP Board Member and Managing Director of Henry Boot Construction.
James Newman, Chairman of the Sheffield City Region Local Enterprise Partnership, and Simon Carr, LEP Board Member and Managing Director of Henry Boot Construction.

A new campaign has been launched to get South Yorkshire firms to take advantage of the business opportunities from the multi-billion HS2 project.

Business leaders have started raising awareness of how firms from across South Yorkshire can ‘make the most’ of plans to connect Sheffield to the new national high-speed rail network.

The Sheffield City Region’s business community joined forces with local councils to support HS2 – and is urging the wider business community to get behind the plans and get ready for the supply chain opportunities it will bring.

The Ontrack4hs2 Campaign was launched at the 2015 Local Enterprise Partnership Business Conference.

James Newman, chairman of the Sheffield City Region LEP, said: “The project will bring a huge amount of opportunities for local businesses and this campaign aims to make sure that local business leaders are ready to be part of the vast supply chain it will create.

“The City Region’s global reputation for innovation and advanced manufacturing should give us a significant advantage in gaining new business from these contracts and it is up to local business leaders to make sure we do so.”

Simon Carr, LEP board member and managing director of Henry Boot Construction, added: “Our focus will be on obtaining the maximum economic and business benefits from this major infrastructure project.”

Ben Ruse, spokesman for HS2, said: “The Government is due to set out details for HS2 phase two in the coming year, so now is the perfect time to get plans underway.

“The proposed HS2 hub will give towns and cities across South Yorkshire the connections they need to see jobs and businesses thrive.”