Olympics success for firms

FIRMS from Hartlepool are celebrating after sharing in £70m of North-East contracts from the London 2012 Olympics.

They were among more than 50 North-East companies which have played a part in ensuring the massive spectacle looks set to be a success.

To mark the achievements of the companies in the Olympic process, a celebratory breakfast was held today with former Olympian Steve Cram among the guests.

Guidelines mean that no details can be given on the Hartlepool firms which won the money-spinning contracts or how many there were from the town.

But former Olympian Steve Cram said: “The North-East has much to gain from the Olympics. London 2012 isn’t just about the capital city. It will benefit the whole of the country, providing opportunities for businesses to get involved. It’s these opportunities that we are celebrating.”

The region’s companies have been contracted to work on the Olympics across a wide range of services and sectors and there are still contracts up for grabs.

North-East companies working in construction, retail, transport, communications, professional services, law, clothing supply and many other sectors have all successfully bid for and won Olympic contracts.

To celebrate this success a Breakfast of Champions was held today at Seaham Hall, in Seaham, and was organised by the Business & Enterprise Group which operates the Compete North East service.

Compete North East is the procurement support service which offers the region’s businesses support and assistance to win public and private sector contracts. It was through working with Compete North East that a number of businesses won Olympics contracts.

Nicki Clark, assistant chief executive of Business & Enterprise Group, said: “London 2012 offers a number of opportunities for businesses in our region and it is fantastic that so many have seized the chance to bid.

“More than £70m of contracts is a significant achievement and will have a drammatic impact on the businesses involved as well as a positive impact on the region as a whole.”