The meeting began with a member business explaining vocational training services in Lichfield and Stoke-on-Trent, including training for HS2 construction. Several cohorts of trainees have started the training, and they aim to engage with local education institutions.
A presentation was made about the Responsible Business Scheme (RBS) by Staffordshire Chambers of Commerce. The RBS supports SMEs and VCSEs in Staffordshire, helping them enhance their economic, societal, and environmental impact. It aligns with various responsible business practices and aims to streamline procurement requirements.
Future HS2 Forum meetings were discussed, considering the two-year delay in Phase 2A construction. They reported disappointment and lobbying efforts to clarify the situation and protect local interests.
The forum also discussed the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals.
No further HS2 Forum meeting is scheduled until 19.10.23 due to the delay in construction. Ongoing lobbying activities and engaging with local MPs were suggested to address concerns.