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HS2 webinar promotes funding for local communities

Communities who live close to Britain’s new railway, HS2, are invited to take part in a webinar on Thursday (25 June) to find out more about the funding schemes and business opportunities available to them.

HS2 webinar promotes funding for local communities: Castlehaven Park November 2019

The one-hour session, which starts at 1.00pm, will explain how to access HS2’s Community and Business Funds, which are exclusively available to those disrupted by the construction of the railway.

The Community and Environment Fund (CEF) and the Business and Local Economy Fund (BLEF) have a combined value of £40 million and over 100 projects have so far benefitted.

Community-focused initiatives that HS2 has funded to date include; upgrading facilities at a local Scout camp, the creation of new gymnasium and community space, enhancements to a wildlife conservation area and £650,000 to help transform a high street into a thriving food hub.

Participants can also hear about the thousands of business and supply chain opportunities that HS2 is creating, as major construction of the London-Birmingham section of the new low-carbon, high speed railway gets underway. These range from direct opportunities with HS2’s contractors supporting the construction of the railway, to catering and accommodation opportunities which businesses in the local area can benefit from.

Louise Portelly, HS2’s Environment and Town Planning Manager, who will be presenting during the seminar said: 

“We are committed to building and leaving a positive legacy for communities and businesses near to the new railway. One way we aim to do that is by ensuring that local communities understand how they can individually and collectively benefit from the opportunities that HS2 brings.

 “We want local communities, the places they live and the spaces they enjoy, to benefit from the enhancements this funding offers”.

Anyone interested in attending the webinar, which is free of charge, can register their interest at https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/hs2-community-business-funds-and-local-business-opportunities-tickets-109144949482 


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