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EVENTS OCTOBER


How to create a high energy and highly creative innovation culture Date: 13 October Time: 1pm – 2.30pm Price: Free


HR Forum - Employment law and Covid-19 support update Date: 14 October Time: 10am – 11am Price: Free


New webinar series will help firms get ‘Fit4HS2’


A programme of practical online workshops aims to equip small businesses in the East Midlands with the tools they need to compete for supply chain contracts in HS2 and other major infrastructure projects. The “Fit4HS2” sessions have been developed in line


with the Government’s HS2 supplier guide and will cover elements such as supply chain opportunity details; best practice in tendering; equality, diversity and inclusion; environmental policies; and skills, education and employment development. The Chamber will host the webinars in partnership


with Leicestershire County Council and the Leicester and Leicestershire Business Gateway Growth Hub.


‘Almost £65m of public money is being pumped into the East Midlands under the Getting Building Fund alone’


While they are designed with projects relating to


HS2 in mind, they will also provide businesses with the practical information that can be applied to other large infrastructure schemes and the corresponding supply chain opportunities. This will be important for many SMEs in the supply


chain after the Government announced a £900m Getting Building Fund for investing in shovel-ready infrastructure schemes across the UK. Ian Bates, sector forum and representation manager


at the Chamber, said: “Many companies are eagerly searching for new business opportunities right now so it’s the perfect time to ensure they are demonstrating best practice in order to win supply chain contracts. “Being ‘supply chain fit’ as a result of having the


desired policies and practices in place isn’t just vital for those wanting to work on HS2, but it will put them in prime position to take advantage of other key infrastructure projects. “The Government has clearly identified construction


as a key driver of economic recovery via its ‘Build, Build, Build’ narrative and the Getting Building Fund strategy. “Almost £65m of public money is being pumped into


the East Midlands under the Getting Building Fund alone across 14 projects, so there will be ample opportunities for businesses in the supply chain over the coming years.” Delivered online by supply chain experts and


representatives from HS2 Ltd, the Fit4HS2 workshops will be practical sessions providing delegates with the opportunity to ask questions and offer takeaway


learnings that can be applied to businesses. They are free and open to all companies looking for


business development opportunities in the supply chain for HS2 and other infrastructure projects. Councillor Blake Pain, Leicestershire County Council’s


deputy leader, said: “We want the local workforce to benefit from HS2 and these workshops will equip businesses with the skills and knowledge they need to potentially secure involvement in HS2, as well as being fit for the future around other large-scale infrastructure projects. I’d encourage all businesses to harness the learning on offer and book on to a webinar.” Neil McGhee, chairman of the Business Gateway


Growth Hub Board, added: "HS2 is a massive transport project that brings multiple opportunities for local businesses to win contracts and supply a whole host of goods and services, from landscaping and building materials to telecoms, photography and occupational health practitioners. “I am delighted that we are offering these webinars


so that businesses can understand the opportunities available and how to prepare in order to submit a strong bid to win the business.”


How to make online networking work for you Date: 16 October Time: 2pm – 4pm Price: Free


Getting started in keyword research Date: 20 October Time: 2pm – 4pm Price: Free


Innovation sprints: How to grow and deliver powerful innovation projects Date: 27 October Time: 2pm – 3.30pm Price: Free


Motivation, engaging others and finding your why Date: 27 October Time: 10am – 12pm Price: Free


Halloween networking Date: 30 October Time: 4pm – 5pm Price: Free


GENERATION NEXT


Generation Next is a network ran by East Midlands Chamber to equip the next generation of leaders aged 18–35 with the skills, knowledge and connections to succeed. Its October events are the last chance to trial the network before the membership package is available to purchase.


FIT4HS2: HS2 SUPPLY CHAIN READINESS EVENTS


Sustainability and environmental practices Date: 6 October Time: 10-11am


Cyber essentials Date: 7 October Time: 10-11am


Skills, employment and education Date: 13 October Time: 10-11am


Fit for tendering, best practice Date: 15 October Time: 10-11am


Equality, diversity and inclusion with ACAS Date: 21 October Time: 10-11am


To book a place, visit bit.ly/Fit4HS2EMC2


Recovering from the effects of Covid-19 Date: 15 October Time: 3.30pm – 4.30pm Price: Free


Musical Bingo Date: 26 October Time: 11am – 12pm Price: Free


Why your money matters Date: 29 October Time: 2pm – 3pm Price: Free


A full release of the network’s membership launch, alongside a reaction to its new website, will be featured in the November edition of Business Network. To keep up with the live updates, follow Generation Next – Helping you thrive on LinkedIn and @EMCGenNext on Instagram and Facebook.


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