Teesside firms urged to explore rail opportunities

Teesside firms urged to explore rail opportunities

Business leaders from 200 supply chain companies in Tees Valley have been given the inside track on business 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 km 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).

Speaking at the event, Joanna Sloane, HS2 supply chain manager, 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.”

She added: “The high volume of sign-ups to this event shows that businesses are taking the right approach towards the procurement opportunities of HS2. “

Fellow speaker, Simon Pain, Crossrail principal programme supply chain manager, added: “It has always been important for Crossrail to engage with potential supply chain members, especially SMEs, in order to highlight the opportunities that are available in huge programmes like Crossrail. Working with bodies like Tees Valley Unlimited gives us exactly that opportunity.”

He added: “We want as many competent suppliers as possible to know about Crossrail contracts and have the opportunity to go for them. It’s good for Crossrail and good for UK Plc to have a healthy mix of companies of various sizes and from different regions. This is part of our work towards promoting greater economic sustainability.”

The briefing was told that Crossrail’s contractors still have mechanical and electrical equipment to procure.

Cllr Bill Dixon, leader of Darlington Council and leadership board member at Tees Valley Unlimited, the Local Enterprise Partnership for Tees Valley, said: “The well-attended executive briefing provided the ideal platform for Tees Valley businesses to learn directly about the substantial contract opportunities associated with two of the UK’s biggest transport infrastructure investments.

“There are companies in Tees Valley that have the skills and ability to contribute to the delivery of HS2 and Crossrail and it is important for them to be made aware of the business potential and how they can bid for contracts.”