Business in the Community was set up by Prince Charles 30 years ago to promote responsible business practices. They advise and support businesses to create thriving communities.
Chris Leech, Lead Corporate Advisor to the Transport Sector for Business in the Community (BITC) believes that HS2 represents a journey which will create an engine for economic growth in the north. In the near future, Chris says, we will be embarking on an infrastructure project on a scale we have not seen since Victorian times. Many people are talking about the impact HS2 will have on journey times, the line speed and the improved connectivity, but these are 20 years in the future.
The legacy is about the social and economic impacts it will bring to this region from the minute the first spade goes into the ground. With more than 20,000 new jobs created in the development phases of the project alone, the impact these highly skilled individuals will have on stimulating local economies will be immense.