Dozens more Olympic contracts awarded to NW

North West construction companies including steel fabricators and plant hire suppliers have won contracts with the Olympic Delivery Authority.

The North West Development Agency announced another 42 firms have won contracts on the Games, bringing the total number of related contracts to 98.

Firms that have been working directly with the ODA include Korec Survey Supplies from Liverpool who supplied GPS measurement solutions for the Olympic Park, and Pindar Graphics from Preston who produced travel-to-work maps for the Olympic Park workforce.

Many more local companies have won sub-contracts from ODA's contractors through the supply chain, such as Watson Steel, a Bolton-based structural steelwork fabrication company, which was contracted to supply the steelwork for the main Olympic Stadium. Icopal from Manchester has supplied 10,000m of geomembrane to help tackle the issue of Japanese Knotweed on the Olympic Park.

Merseyside-based Speedy Hire was successful in bidding to be part of the consortium who run a facility on the Olympic Park site offering rental and building supplies to contractors.

ODA chairman, John Armitt, said: "Direct contracts are the tip of the iceberg and there are still golden opportunities up for grabs through the UK-wide supply chains. Companies should sign up to our 'business dating agency' – CompeteFor, to be part of a unique opportunity to showcase UK plc to the world."

Mark Hughes, executive director of economic development at the North West Development Agency, said: "At the agency, we're working hard to ensure our businesses are equipped to compete for a slice of the action, and these latest figures are evidence that that the London 2012 Games are helping to secure and safeguard Northwest jobs. In the current economic climate, this has never been more important."

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