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Procurement process restarted for Curzon Street Station | HS2

Procurement process restarted for Curzon Street Station | HS2

Due to a lack of interest, HS2 has cancelled its current procurement strategy for Curzon Street Station in Birmingham.

The Government has now launched a fresh approach with an industry day taking place at Birmingham City University next week to explain the new process with prospective contractors. HS2 have said that despite the procurement pause, the awarding of the contract will still go ahead in 2020 and the planned opening date of 2026 will remain the same.

HS2 believe this new approach will attract more bidders and reduce risks to hopefully produce a more competitive process.

‘A notice posted on the Official Journal of the European Union said: “HS2 have recognised the current market conditions are challenging and the increasing concern regarding risk transfer and wanted to revise our position to provide a better balance and overall outcome.

“The industry day will provide an opportunity to re-engage with the market and outline our revised strategy which we believe will attract a larger number of bidders, reduce risk and thereby produce a more competitive process”’ – snippet taken from The BusinessDesk.

The industry day event will take place at Birmingham City University on the 19th July from 9am to 1pm. For more information please contact the BCU team by clicking here.

 

Maven Capital Partners (Maven) has funded manufacturer and supplier of homelifts, Stiltz Limited (Stiltz), with a GBP1 million loan facility from the Midlands Engine Investment Fund (MEIF)

Maven Capital Partners (Maven) has funded manufacturer and supplier of homelifts, Stiltz Limited (Stiltz), with a GBP1 million loan facility from the Midlands Engine Investment Fund (MEIF)

The debt package will allow the business to execute its growth plan; upgrade its internal system and IT infrastructure, invest in stock to meet growing customer demand in the UK and overseas for its products, whilst creating 16 new jobs in the region. Based in Kingswinford, Stiltz manufactures and supplies a range of domestic lifts… Continue Reading

Celebrate Black Country Day with #MadeInTheBlackCountry as Black Country LEP encourages local businesses to get involved

Celebrate Black Country Day with #MadeInTheBlackCountry as Black Country LEP encourages local businesses to get involved

To celebrate the diversity and strength of business in the Black Country, the Black Country LEP is once again leading a Twitter campaign on Sunday 14 July in support of Black Country Day and Black Country businesses. The Black Country LEP is encouraging local businesses to: Take a photograph of their product(s), workplace or staff… Continue Reading

The Benefits of Exporting | Department of International Trade

The Benefits of Exporting | Department of International Trade

Exporting can be hugely beneficial for your business, facilitating a huge growth in revenue. Across the UK the number of businesses exporting overseas is rising, making the UK the world’s 10th highest export nation with £636 billion products and goods being exported. Find out below how exporting can benefit your business and enable business growth.… Continue Reading

Low Carbon Workspaces £10k Grant for Black Country Businesses (Deadline: September)

Low Carbon Workspaces £10k Grant for Black Country Businesses (Deadline: September)

Businesses can expect to receive a £10,000 grant when spending over £20,000 on energy efficiency projects before the 30th September 2019 Low Carbon Workspaces is a programme funded by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) and managed by Ngage Solutions. They are a not-for-profit company that specializes in the design and delivery of grant schemes… Continue Reading

Invitation to Tender for Black Country Energy Steering Group | BCLEP

Invitation to Tender for Black Country Energy Steering Group | BCLEP

Energy Capital (working through the Black Country Consortium Ltd) are seeking to procure suitably qualified consultants to recommend an appropriate financial and legal structure for a special purpose vehicle (SPV) to commission and procure new energy infrastructure for the Black Country. In particular, this SPV should enable the Black Country LEP to direct and finance… Continue Reading

Homes transported by truck to site in Coventry as part of modular housing pilot | WM Housing Group

Homes transported by truck to site in Coventry as part of modular housing pilot | WM Housing Group

Two modular homes have been installed in Coventry as part of a WM Housing Group modular housing pilot. The homes were constructed in the Totally Modular factory in Cradley Heath, West Midlands, and were taken to the site at Littlethope, Willenhall. Officials attended the site to see the finished homes including Executive Director of Development… Continue Reading

West Midlands growth outpaces rest of the UK, State of the Region report 2019 reveals | BCLEP

West Midlands growth outpaces rest of the UK, State of the Region report 2019 reveals | BCLEP

The West Midlands is growing faster than any region outside London, according to the new State of the Region 2019 report commissioned by the West Midlands Combined Authority (WMCA). The report, unveiled at the WMCA annual general meeting on Friday June 28, highlights increases in job creation, qualification levels, employment and business growth – all… Continue Reading

Midlands Engine Investment Fund reaches £50million milestone | BCLEP

Midlands Engine Investment Fund reaches £50million milestone | BCLEP

£50million has been injected into the region’s firms with the support of the Midlands Engine Investment Fund (MEIF). Revealed at the MEIF’s anniversary event (18 June), this latest milestone is the result of making over 150 investments in firms located across the Midlands and includes £19.02 million of private sector leverage. Now over a year… Continue Reading

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