HS2 Supply Chain

The HS2 Supply Chain Programme is a component of the £33m Business Growth Programme, which is a comprehensive business support package part-funded by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF). As lead partner, Birmingham City Council and 3 Local Enterprise Partnerships (LEPs) are working together to deliver this important initiative, which covers the Greater Birmingham and Solihull, Stoke-on-Trent and Staffordshire, and The Marches LEP areas.

The HS2 Supply Chain Programme is targeted at existing B2B supply chain Small to Medium sized Enterprises (SMEs)

- which have, or
- are in the process of securing, or
- have the ability to secure a contract for HS2.

Capital and revenue grants are available of £20,000 to £200,000

Type of Eligible Expenditure:

  • capital expenditure
  • application of innovative advance technology
  • building information modelling
  • market development
  • mentoring and coaching

Eligibility Criteria

To find out if your business is eligible to apply, you must register your interest by contacting the Growth Hub in your partnership area for FREE advice.


You must NOT be a Franchise, Charity, Not-for-Profit, Community Business or in the Retail Sector.

The programme limits awards to one grant per SME from any one of the four components of the Business Growth Programme (i.e., you cannot apply for a grant from each component).

The HS2 Supply Chain Programme operates under General Block Exemption Regulations (GBER) and offers assistance of 10%-50% of eligible costs.

HS2SCP Project Costs

The grant is part funded by ERDF.

Your project costs must be for a minimum of £40,000 to qualify for a grant payment of £20,000.

The maximum grant payable on HS2SCP projects is £200,000.

The level of grant awarded will be between 10% to 50% of eligible costs.

VAT is not claimable on grants.

Funding Rounds

Applications must be submitted within the current funding round. See the attached Funding Round Schedule for latest funding round dates.

We strongly recommend that you submit your application early and do not wait for the funding round closure deadline. If substantial volumes of applications are received, in order to manage application capacity, we reserve the right to close funding rounds early and carry over applications into the next Funding Round. Applicants will be advised if this action is necessary.

Note: The use of consultants or third parties in completing the application form is discouraged and is an ineligible cost. To progress your application, please contact us for for advice at no cost.

Application Process

Please check that you have included all the necessary documentation and supporting information in your application.
You will need to complete the HS2SCP & GBSCP Grant Application Form and provide all the related Financial Information. The following documents will enable you to complete your submission:

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