Over the next six months, HS2 Ltd will visit 11 regions across the UK to meet businesses large and small, to explain the types of work packages that will be available and advise firms on how they can put themselves in the best position to bid for futurecontracts.
Construction on Phase One of HS2, between London and Birmingham, is due to start in 2017.
HS2 will support up to 100,000 jobs nationwide, create around 25,000 jobs during construction of Phases One and Two and create 2,000 apprenticeships.
Beth West, HS2 Ltd commercial director, said: “I’m delighted with the turnout of over 250 firmsat today’s event.
“This shows the high level of interest from Yorkshire businesses to find out more about Europe’s largest infrastructure project, HS2.
“Put simply, HS2 offers a rare opportunity to secure a step-change in Britain’s competitiveness, whilst promoting economic growth, creating thousands of jobs and driving regeneration.
“To deliver a project of HS2’s scale and complexity we require the right companies with the right skills and competencies including health and safety, BIM (Level 2), community relations, EDI, skills and apprenticeships and environmental sustainability.
“Where appropriate these requirements will be cascaded through the supply chain.”
Gerald Jennings, president of Leeds Chamber of Commerce and speaker at the event, said: "HS2 is a major and once in a generation investment in our rail infrastructure that offers excellent supply chain opportunities for companies of all sizes in our region.
"We're delighted that HS2 has come to the Leeds and the City Region to talk to businesses large, medium and small, to explain the types of work packages that will be available and how to get in the best position to bid for billions of pounds worth of HS2 contracts.
“This region has a huge depth and breadth of expertise and talent that can provide the skills that HS2 needs to deliver this national infrastructure project.
“I am delighted that so many businesses are attending this Roadshow to hear and learn for themselves about the opportunities that will be available, not only for the London to Birmingham phase but also the phase to Leeds and the Yorkshire and Humber region.”