West Midlands Businesses Scoop Olympic Contracts
The West Midlands have so far secured ┬ú464m worth of Olympic 2012 contracts
The latest figure released from Advantage West Midlands, resulting from 21 new business contracts in the run-up to Christmas, brings the total estimated value of business won by the West Midlands to an impressive ┬ú464 million.
Nearly all of the region’s 59 parliamentary constituencies are now taking part in the Games.
“This is a remarkable achievement by West Midlands businesses,” said AWM Business Manager for the 2012 Games, Jim Johnston, “and means we’ve not only sprinted past our ambitious ┬ú400 million target well ahead of the Games-time deadline but we’ve excelled in the run-up to Christmas as well.”
According to AWM, the majority of business contracts have been secured via the CompeteFor system – a website set up by London 2010 organisers to enable suppliers across the country to compete for contracts linked to the Games.
The West Midlands have so far submitted over 10,000 registrations on www.CompeteFor.com, which is the fourth highest regional total in the UK behind London, South East of England, and the East of England.
Commenting on the reaction by the West Midlands, Jim Johnston said that the business community has “truly embraced” the opportunity which he says has helped to “net the regional economy more than its fair share of Olympic profits and related jobs.”
He added: “The fact that contracts have been won by businesses in nearly every part of the region is also hugely impressive and reinforces the West Midlands’ collective determination to compete for and win new business, both London 2012 Games contracts, and new opportunities emerging as the economy begins to recover.”
Many different Olympic-related contracts have been won by West Midlands firms. Among others, these include Glenn Howells Architects (Birmingham), who are designing part of the athletesΓÇÖ village; Total Truck Training (Solihull) – responsible for training fork lift truck drivers for the Olympic Delivery Authority; Zaun Fencing Ltd (Black Country), who are supplying security fencing around Olympic Park and back office of the Olympic stadium, and NetsWork Ltd (Worcestershire) – suppliers of construction safety netting for the Aquatics Centre.
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