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Join leading lights of industry, innovation and the HS2 wider community as we collaborate and rise to the challenges laid down by HS2 Ltd.


Our unique match-making event will help innovative SMEs understand how they can supply HS2, by speaking to world class suppliers responding to challenges set by the tier one contractors. Ultimately it's all about us all collaborating together in an ongoing search for faster, safer, leaner and greener 'ways of doing things'.


Come along to find out more about new and 'about to launch' innovative developments which could benefit your workforce as the Enabling and Main Civils work commence. Network and meet new contacts, take a peek towards the industry in 2026 and enjoy a high growth masterclass to help you transform your business.


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09:00 - 10:00 Refreshments, networking and exhibition

UNDERSTANDING HS2

10:00 - 10:05 Open and welcome, Dave Harris, A-Plant and CONNECT

10:05 - 10:20 HS2 - a catalyst for growth, Andy Street, Mayor of the West Midlands

10:20 - 11:00 CONNECT - Challenges & opportunities, Dave Harris, A-Plant and CONNECT

11:00 - 11:20 Innovative solutions to create real added value Tim Burnhope, Chief Innovation Officer, JCB

11:20 - 11:30 Opportunities beyond ‘building a railway’ Craig Wakeman, West Midlands Combined Authority 11:30 - 11:45 BIM and HS2 - Rob Umphray, BIMwm

11.45 - 12.00 Taking your idea to market - the Innovation Capability Maturity Model (ICMM) Hugo Russell, Innovation Birmingham


12:00 - 13:00 Networking buffet and exhibition


OPTIONAL MASTERCLASSES

13:00 - 13:30 Graphene 2026 - the future of construction and infrastructure? James Baker, the National Graphene Institute

13:30 - 14:15 Winning work via the Value Proposition Steve Young, Winning Pitch

14:15 - 14:30 Skills for HS2 Clair Mowbray, Chief Executive of the National College for High Speed Rail
14:30 - 14:45 Thank you and next steps Dave Harris

14:45 - 15:30 Networking and exhibition

You will also have the opportunity to visit our HS2 Site Compound and talk to all of our specialists about the latest innovations.Maybe you will spot a better way of working and we can evolve a brand new innovation together to help deliver HS2 on time and to budget!

We look forward to seeing you at what promises to be a very exciting and high energy day!

The CONNECT alliance

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