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East lancashire Companies Had Contracts At The Olympics

EAST Lancashire companies have struck gold at the London 2012 Olympics – with contracts worth more than £10million.

Twelve companies across the region have excelled in their own specialisms, including lighting, merchan­dising, line painting, equipment hire and manuf­ac­turing.

Business leaders said the news, which has been revealed after many firms were sworn to secrecy in the run up to the games, showed the number of ‘world class’ companies that were based in the area.

ACDC Lighting from Barrowford has proven to be a beacon for success, lighting the bridges leading to the stunning Olympic Stadium. They have also installed two part instal­la­tions which are lit at night to create a focus point, and directional lighting on the bridges.

Specialist engineers from the firm, which employs around 100 people, travelled to London for the instal­la­tion, but had to keep the work under wraps until after the opening.

MDA, based at Waterfall Mill in Queen Victoria Street, Blackburn, also landed big contracts, providing branding for official Olympic sponsors Coca Cola and Kraft during the torch relay and actual games.

Sound System manuf­ac­turers AMS Neve, in Burnley, said its equipment, which was already in situ at Abbey Road Studios and Ayre Studios in London, had been used to record all 201 national anthems to be played throughout the games.

And visitors taking a look around the majority of the Olympic venues will see the work of Linemark UK, from Rawtenstall who have done a lot of the logo work around the games areas on the carpets and grassed areas, public areas and games areas.

The company will also be heavily involved in helping with the closing ceremony, although they could not reveal more.

Adlington Welding, in Chorley, provided welding equipment to construction workers constructing the Olympic Village.

Protec Fire Detection Plc in Nelson has been involved with fire detection within the Athletes Village, Aquatics Centre and Olympic Stadium.

R U Comfy, based in Blackburn, have provided 8,400 lime green beanbag chairs to the athletes at the Olympic Village.

And Sports equipment company, Gymnova, based in Pendle, have supplied gymnastic equipment to be used in competition and training by the world’s top gymnasts at the 2012 games.

Coach Hire Booking, based in Accrington, has secured a lucrative contract to provide nationwide transport services to Olympic venues throughout the UK outside of London for athletes, judges and press.

And Hope Technology in Barnold­swick, which provide lightweight, high end cycle parts, are supplying cycling competitors during the games.

Science in Sports in Nelson are the official supplier of sports drinks and sports nutrition of the GB Rowing Team.

Balmers Garden Machinery in Burnley supplied the tractors to the construction workers involved in creating the equestrian course.

Mike Damms, chief executive of East Lancashire Chamber of Commerce, said: “We have done a whole range of contracts for the Olympic Games. East Lancashire has had a real involvement and has a number of world class companies who are major providers of the Olympics.

“These companies ability to manage major contracts such as the Olympics will help them secure more business in the future.”

Greengates Builders Merchants Accrington, Lancashire wish all these companies good look in the future.


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