TheNorthern Ireland Department of Enterprise has announced that 43 firms located in the Ulster region have been granted Olympic contracts totalling £40m(€45.7m).The Minister for Enterprise, Arlene Foster said “Over the past two years Invest Northern Ireland has made significant support available to companies who are bidding for 2012 business. The number of Olympics contracts awarded show that businesses here can compete successfully for work associated with this major, iconic event.
“Furthermore, several local food companies are currently bidding to provide food and drink to participants, organisers and visitors. However, the 2012 Olympics and Paralympics are just part of a series of upcoming major business opportunities for Northern Ireland companies.”
She also encouraged other companies to explore business opportunities offered by global sporting events.
Some of the Companies receiving contracts include:
-H&J Martin in Belfast, which has won a contract to work within the International Broadcast Centre
-Boyd Bedding of Newtownstewart, which will be the sole supplier of wood shavings for the equestrian section.
- Cunningham Covers in Maghera will huge tarpaulin covers for the beach volleyball centre at Horse Guards Parade, London.
- The McGrath Group in Lisburn, provided the architectural metal work for the Olympic Stadium
- Macrete Concrete, Toomebridge, will provide the parapet support structures for bridges and roads in the Olympic Park.
There are a further £350m worth of contracts for products and services that are still to be given out in contracts, many of which will be ideally suited to ‘smaller companies’.