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South East

HS2 is already providing huge opportunities for people and businesses across the South East.

Case Studies

South East

We’ve engaged with 723 businesses of which 464 have delivered work on HS2.

Involving businesses of all sizes *

  • 193 Micro sized businesses, employing
    1-10 employees
  • 119 Small sized businesses, employing
    11-49 employees
  • 118 Medium sized businesses, employing
    51-249 employees
  • 150 Large sized businesses, employing
    250+ employees

* Excludes businesses who have not supplied company size data

CA Blackwell to create 500 jobs in Buckinghamshire as it wins HS2 earthworks contract

Specialist Earthmoving Contractor, CA Blackwell (Contracts) Ltd, has plans to create 500 new jobs in Buckinghamshire after winning two further contacts with HS2 Ltd, as the company gears up to lead on HS2’s earthworks in the region.

The firm also has plans to establish a plant operative training centre to support specialist skills development for employees and to train new apprentices in a bid to help plug the UK’s skills gap in the construction industry.

CA Blackwell Director, Niall Fraser, said:

HS2 has provided our business with a great opportunity to develop and expand our company. We are now working closely with the main contractor in the Buckinghamshire region, Eiffage Kier, to develop and deliver the earthworks programme which will require us and EK to create up to 500 new earthmoving jobs and establish a new training centre which will leave a legacy, not just for our new employees, but also the region as a whole.

HS2 creates new jobs and upskilling opportunities at Guildford company

 Thomson Habitats, based in Guildford, has taken on new staff to deliver newly awarded HS2 contracts, with 35 people working on the HS2 project, and the potential for more jobs opportunities next year.

The company has also upskilled existing staff in a range of activities including web mapping and geodatabase skills, and species translocation.

Working with the Fusion joint venture on Phase One of HS2 in the Aylesbury areas, services include habitat creation, such as pond construction, planting & filling, tree planting, grass seeding, fencing and landscaping maintenance. 

CEO, Nancy Thomson, said:

Given the longevity of the HS2 scheme, we will continue to develop our existing talent, whilst increasing our headcount to meet the continuing requirements of this landmark infrastructure project. This project has been transformational for the team at Thomson’s, giving us the opportunity to demonstrate excellent project management of complex, high profile wildlife mitigation challenges.