We recently attended the supplier event for HS2 and it was a real eye opener as to how HS2 want to work with their suppliers.
So whether you agree with the HS2 or not it’s coming and it’s going to bring masses of opportunity, jobs, contracts, and business with it. To get a slice of the action you are going to have to show that your business understands and relates to their objectives. They are spending public money so they need to spend the money responsibly.
What was very clear from the event is that you will not win work with HS2 by just being the cheapest, they are looking for suppliers who can align their values with the HS2 team and show pride in working alongside them.
So, what are their values?
- Love for life
- Passionate about excellence
- One team spirit
- Doing the right thing
Their main focus throughout the day was EDI, Equality, Diversity & Inclusion. It was talked about with passion and pride and they will be seeking suppliers who share their vision for EDI.
The one way you can demonstrate this is with your brand! Showing your values and vision are aligned with that of HS2 through your employees, processes, and practices.